A Boat Ride in Xochimilco – A Colorful, Cultural Journey

A boat ride in Xochimilco is a journey like no other. It is a unique experience, a colorful, and cultural journey. No wonder this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).
Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).

The floating gardens of Xochimilco are just 28 kilometers from the center of Mexico City.

Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).
Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).

The water scenes reminded me of the floating market in Thailand.

Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).
Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).

While you can see very few vendors as you go along, this is not a floating market.

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One of the things to do in Mexico City.

Taking a boat (or trajinera) ride is the reason why tourists flock here.

Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).
Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).

But, these are not your ordinary boat.

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Taking one of these should make a romantic date, eh?

They’re also unlike the gondolas in Venice.

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Xochimilco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

These boats are well-decorated and, perhaps, the world’s most colorful!

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This is not a floating market, but they have floating gardens here.

Indeed, it’s a feast of color! Look at this!

Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).
Boat Ride in Xochimilco (Mexico City).

Every boat has its name – and they’re usually names of women, I observed.

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For MXP500, you can hire the whole boat.

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Such a price would last you an hour or two.

Tourist attractions in Mexico City.
Tourist attractions in Mexico City.

You can hire it for birthday parties or any kind of celebration.

Tourist attractions in Mexico City.
Tourist attractions in Mexico City.

There are hundreds of boats going up and down the river.

Tourist attractions in Mexico City.
Tourist attractions in Mexico City.

A few of them have mariachis that you could hire if you want them to perform a song or two.

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Yes, there are mariachis, too!

How romantic it would be if you were on a date and the mariachis are serenading you both? 😉

Things to do in Mexico City
Things to do in Mexico City

How to Get to Xochimilco by Public Transport

A friend and I didn’t take public transport going there. From Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, we went straight to Xochimilco with our hired driver for a day. Mexico City has an Uber and it’s cheap – so that would be a better alternative than hiring a car.

Get on the Blue Metro Line 2 and get off at Tasqueña stop. Then, transfer to a light rail (tren ligero). Remember to buy a separate ticket before boarding. Xochimilco is the terminal station. And from here, you can walk to the pier where the boats are docked. Follow the blue signs – you can’t miss them.

Where to Stay in Mexico City

My friend and I stayed at NH Collection Mexico City Reforma in Zona Rosa. We love this area because it is close to bars, restaurants, groceries, shops, public transport, and some interesting places to see. Police officers are ubiquitous in this are, too. The hotel itself is nice and we were given a room with a good view. We can see the Angel of Independence Statue from our room. It takes about 40 minutes on foot to the historic downtown. The staff can also arrange a tour for you if that’s your kind of thing, including going to the Teotihuacan Pyramids.

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