Xochimilco (Floating Gardens) - National University of Mexico


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



Spanish (fluent), English (fluent)

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 Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection

End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 5 hours 30 min.

The duration could sometimes vary depending the traffic.


Hyndai SUV, white color, 5 seats, air-conditioned.

What’s Included

Other: This private tour includes van transportation from your hotel in Mexico City and myself as your private guide.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

1000 pesos - Boat ride in Trajinera (500 pesos per 1 hour). Extra money for beverages and lunch.

What’s Extra

Other: Boat ride, lunch/drinks are extra expenses.

Boat ride in Xochimilco-Cuemanco
(optional boat ride towards Island of the Dolls, duration 3-4 hours boat ride) instead the University.

If required Van transportation seating for 6-10 people can be arranged at additional cost.

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Monica is excellent and very knowledgeable. Our second tour with her
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