Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Day trip to Xochimilco - Mexico City

We went into the southern part Mexico City on a Saturday by bus from Cuernavaca. The tour included a visit to the museum of Diego Rivera, the house and museum of Frida Kahlo and the very nice grounds and museums of Dolores Olmedo Patiño. This visit to Xochimilco was the end of the trip.

Xochimilco, the Federal District, South Central suburb of Mexico City. Mainly a commercial and tourist center, it is famous for its canals lined with poplars and flowers (Xochimilco is a Native American word meaning "plantation of flowers"). In pre-Hispanic times the Xochimilcas built soil-covered rafts (chinampas) in Lake Xochimilco on which they grew vegetables and flowers to be shipped to Mexico City on the canals. Eventually the rafts became islands rooted to the lake bottom. Boating on the canals is popular among tourists and city residents.

This was part of the Museum tour to end our day in Mexico City. I suggest you go with friends for a few hours if at all possible. Tour groups lack vitality ... and Xochimilco is all about having fun. Take food and beverages with you.

Sign on the foot bridge

Boats lined and ready to go

These painted boats used to be all done in flowers

Floating food and party

View down on canal and boats from the foot bridge

More fotos of our Xochimilco trip


Xochimilco Mexico City said...

Wow, nice trip. Xochimilco is a located to the west of Xochimilco is Tláhuac. Xochimilco is very much famous for the various canals located in the country. city of Xochimilco is a romantic city because colourful Xochimilco boats all decorated with various flowers. Here food and accommodation facility are easily available.

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