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


Xochimilco, "land sown with flowers", 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. On the other, there's the Island of the Dolls.

The Central University City Campus of the 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.

Itinerary

Drive towards South (aprox. 40-45 min driving) to Cuemanco pier in Xochimilco where we shall take a boat ride.

Option 1,
- Hotel pick up
- 1. 5 hour boat ride
- Sculptoric Space and Cultural Center: MUCCA, Scuptural Garden.
- Stop at the Central University City Campus: 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.
- Lunch (optional according time)
- Return & hotel drop off.

Option 2
- Hotel pick up
- 4 hours round boat ride within the nature reserve
- Island of the Dolls
- Lunch (optional according time)
- Return & hotel drop off

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 5 hours 30 min.

The duration could sometimes vary depending the traffic.

Transportation

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

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: This private transportation is from your hotel in Mexico City central area.

- Bottles of Water

Estimated Local Cash Needed

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

What’s Extra

  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

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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  • 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)

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