What: A gondola ride through a vast water transport system built by the Aztecs.
Where: Meet @ Four Seasons
Departs: bus leaves at 8:45 am
Return: drop off at 1:30 pm (latest)
This shorter tour is for people who can't make the full boat + lunch experience, we're setting up a group to go to the boats in the morning for a simpler visit.*
Enjoy a the fun morning on the water against the backdrop of the famed floating gardens. Get to know the founders on your gondola while grab a beverage or bites from a passing snack boat.
*You will have the boat experience, but this will not include a meal or the visit to the Chinampas.*
For most people it's easier to say "the boats" but Xochimilco is so much more than that.
Xochimilco is one of Mexico City's boroughs and within it lies a system of canals within man-made islands called Chinampas that form a complex and unique agricultural landscape. The area was developed since the foundation of Mexico City back in the 1300s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
So why call it the boats? The boats have always been there, they are called trajineras and were originally used to transport food from Xochimilco to the city. In the early 1900s Xochimilco slowly started attracting tourists and by the 1960s when Mexico hosted its first World Cup the idea of flower decorated trajineras was in full swing.