An in-depth insight into this folkloric suburb with its floating gardens, with a private guide
Foreign tourists sometimes describe Xochimilco as "such-a-milk-cow". Not with this tour! Your guide scrubs the surface and takes you deep into a traditional market, with surprising food and traditional healing herbs, takes you to a pulquería to taste an Aztec drink of fermented agave juice, and shows the traditional colonial architecture and one of the best Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo collections.
As top of the bill, we take a "trajinera" along the 180km of canals and fields that are the remains of hundreds of years of dredging mud onto floating carpets of branches. One of the most intriguing destinations is the Island of the Dolls, a rarely visited showcase of folk "art" and popular superstition. You have to see it to believe it. Instead, we can also visit a local farmer who helps to protect this unique heritage site while providing healthy food to local citizens.
This tour offers a unique experience, full of surprises and interesting anecdotes. But it's also a day of relaxing quality time.
0:00 pickup and transfer via the longest avenue of the world, Insurgentes (20mi/30km) and the University Campus UNAM, UNESCO World Heritage
1:00 visit of Dolores Olmedo museum
2:30 center of Xochimilco, with the San Bernardino church and the market
4:00 visit of floating gardens by traditional boat, with optional visit to the Island of the Dolls. Alternatively, we can visit a traditional vegetable and flower farmer. In this case, the other visits will be shortened.
6:30 Visit of a traditional pulquería where you can taste pulque, the aphrodisiac Aztec "drink of the gods" from the fermented maguey cactus juice: a time machine that takes you back at least a century.
7:30 transfer back
Note: Dolores Olmedo Museum is closed on Mondays.
On request, a visit to Coyoacán can be included in the program on a customized tour, shortening the market and canals visit.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pickup at hotel or airport
End location: Hotel or airport
Duration: 8 hours
As transportation is across Mexico City, duration may vary according to traffic conditions.
Car transportation (Volkswagen Transporter 2015. A.C. ).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 pesos - For drinks, tips for musicians on the canals... Add more for extra boat rental and entrance fees in case you want to visit the Island of the Dolls or a farmer.
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Amazing guide and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed our day in Xochimilco seeing the markets and the canals. Would highly recommend this tour guide!