Xochimilco (Floating Gardens) - National University of Mexico

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Tour Number

Activity Level

2206


Categories

Youth and Family, Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4

Language(s)

explanation

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.

Itinerary

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.

Transportation

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

What’s Included

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

Estimated Local Cash Needed

800 pesos - Boat ride in Trajinera (350 pesos per 1 hour). Extra money for beverages and lunch.

What’s Extra

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.

A Recent Review of this tour

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.
Lina E.

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