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Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

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Address: Southern neighborhood of Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
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More than 50 miles of canals make Xochimilco, a southern suburb of Mexico...

More than 50 miles of canals make Xochimilco, a southern suburb of Mexico City, an extremely popular tourist destination.

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A very nice experience, we enjoyed the ride on the boats and learned about the culture. My family and I had lots of fun listing to the mariachis bands and eating the many... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very nice experience, we enjoyed the ride on the boats and learned about the culture. My family and I had lots of fun listing to the mariachis bands and eating the many different type of foods.

Thank Sonia G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrible place. We where there on a Tuesday. Nobody was there except drunks and people collecting stuff from the garbage mounds in front of the main entrance. Moreover, the place stinks. Avoid!

Thank lorenzodim
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife took me and I was at first very skeptical. After turning a vendor down he reduced the price for the two of us. Overall it was a nice experience. But it would be best with 5 or more people to spend to hours. The locals make it an event and bring their own food and drink. Some even... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this to recreate a picture o my parents honeymoon in the 70's. But i will say it is quite run down, but if you wan to heck it off your list, grab a beer get a Mariachi and enjoy the cheer Mexican cliche of it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading a previous review, we decided to go on Thursday 10 am. Great Idea. It was not crowded at all. We loved. We pay $525 for 3 hours. Price is per group, not individual. Do not go on a weekend, I can see how this place is a nightmare when is crowded.

1 Thank JCAtlanta
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is very easy to get to by metro. One transfer to the light rail, and in about an hour you are there. We found this a more pleasant way to visit this site than sitting in city traffic in a cab. 10 pesos each way per person. Once there, simply walk and follow the signs to any "Embarcadero". It... More 

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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Glad I did it. Boats are colorful. Mariachi band is nice playing onboard as well as floating vendors experience. The surrounding area of the ride is not particularly pretty. Everything is extra. Even bathroom usage costs money. You have to dicker on prices of everything. The boat ride itself, the trinkets, etc. Prices start at roughly double if not more... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dirty river and just trying to make you buy plenty of stuff while on the boat. It is not worth the money and the time. So boring.

Thank 428acil
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Something kind of fun and different. We had a nice time, but definitely negotiate your rate. We were told $1200 pesos and the guy wouldn't budge for an hour trip. Another boat operator over heard our conversation and we told the guy that we'd pay $300 pesos, expecting negotiation to $350 to $450 pesos for the hour. Although, the first... More 

Thank Bruce F
Tijuana, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I see lots of reviewers complaining about noise, getting ripped off, etc. But Xochimilco is a typical Mexican experience... there will be music, dancing, vendors selling handy-crafts and food, and lots of laughing. If you want to have a good time set your expectations correctly. Mexico is Mexico... it ain't Disneyland... it's loud, messy, chaotic, and over-crowded, with many products... More 

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Xochimilco is one of the most ancient and natural parklands around the city. Used as an important agricultural area since the Pre-Hispanic era, it holds a great variety of flora and fauna that you can witness while canoeing on your own or taking a ride in a classic trajineras (gondola-like boats) decorated with juniper and flowers. Enjoy some Mexican antojitos while sipping a bit of mezcal or tequila and listen to the mariachis and marimbas playing tunes from other colorful chinampas (artificial islands). Aside from the canals, you can find unique Pre-Hispanic art collections at the Archaeological Museum of Xochimilco after talking a walk through its classic streets and visiting the majestic ahuehuete tree that prevails in the heart of this neighborhood at Jardín Juárez.
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