Private daytrip: UNESCO Sites UNAM & Xochimilco /floating gardens
The Central University City Campus of the Universidad Autonoma de México (UNAM) is one of the maximum exhibitors of the modernism in Latin America and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The campus constitutes a unique example of 20th-century modernism integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscape design and fine arts with references to local traditions, especially to Mexico's pre-Hispanic past. The ensemble embodies social and cultural values of universal significance.
Xochimilco, "land sown with flowers", is 17 miles south from the center of the city. It's known because of its "Floating Gardens" made by the ancient inhabitants of the south basin of Mexico, who transformed lagoons, swamplands and marshes into areas of agricultural production with canals that help to transport products. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. Lake Xochimilco is the only habitat for the critically endangered Axolotl salamander. The borough also has a number of nature reserves.
Drive towards South (aprox. 50 min driving) to Cuemanco pier in Xochimilco where we shall take a boat ride for 1 or 2 hours within the ecological nature reserve.
On our way back, drive through Insurgentes Avenue and stop at the Central University City Campus in order to admire its oustanding modern architecture and murals decorating the buildings walls such as the Stadium, Rectorate Tower, the Central Library, Tower II and the Medicine Building that are a clear example of the plastic art integration of modern architecture, Mexican traditions and artwork with designs inspired in the Aztec and Spanish past and set by the flora of the volcanic rock natural scenery. Finally, we shall visit the Sculptoric Space and Cultural Center.
Appropiate stops for lunch, drinks, photographs and shopping.
Lunch can be at Xochimilco or in a Restaurant on the way back.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Mexico City (central area) not Santa Fe.
End location: Your hotel in Mexico City (central area)
Not Santa Fe
Duration: 6 hours
The duration could sometimes vary depending the traffic.
Hyndai SUV, white color, 5 seats, air-conditioned.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 pesos - Boat ride in Trajinera (500 pesos per 1 hour). Extra money for beverages and lunch.
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Monica gave us an excellent tour to Xochimilco and murals at UNAM campus. She included many suggestions for other places we could visit. We appreciated her calm handling of Mexico City traffic.