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Channels and Piers in Xochimilco

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I´m a writer ¨unvrso ¨living in Mexico City. I have been enjoying the craft of writing since a very early age, but have been writing as a freelancer since 2005.
Published September 6th 2015
Xochimilco, which in nahuatl means fertile flower land, is a touristic destination located in one of the 18 political divisions of the Mexican capital. This place is famous for its chinampas (rafts covered with soil for growing varied kinds of vegetables and flowers), which was a method used by mesoamerican civilizations for agriculture and land expansion on ancient Mexico Valley.

Valley of Mexico
José María Velasco, The Valley of Mexico from the Santa Isabel Mountain Range (Valle de México desde el cerro de Santa Isabel), 1875, oil on canvas, 137.5 x 226 cm (Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA, Mexico City)


Many interconnected channels allowed the transportation of the harvested products to other cities or locally, converting it in a floating city. Vestiges of those antique methods of agriculture have remained principally in between three Villages; San Gregorio Atlapulco, San Luis Tlaxialtemalco and Xochimilco. Horticulture, floriculture and tourism are the main activities in Xochilmilco.

David Arqueas / Wikimedia Commons


In the present, the channels are used as a means for giving tours to visitors on trajineras (small boats) along the southern section of Xochimilco. The cost by hour of a tour is 350 pesos (21.80 AUD) regardless of the number of people. There is also the possibility to ride jointly with other people and you´ll be charged from 40-50 pesos (3.41-4.28 AUD) for a one hour ride. You´ll be able to get a discount if you pay for a 2 and up time tour.

trajineras, tours, small boats
Lidia Lopez / Wikimedia Commons


Additionally, you could contract a Mexican folkloric band on the ride. They charge from 30- 100 pesos (2.55-8.55 AUD)), depending on the number of musicians in the group and the music genre; ranchero, norteño, etc. You could decide to buy food and take it with you or buy Mexican food before the tour from the chalazas (Mexican ladies selling food).

Jflo23 / Wikimedia Commons


Interesting Facts about Xochimilco

The development of chinampas in ancient Mexico Valley was possible due to the muddy and shallow terrain in the valley.

On the raft, Mesoamericans used to plant a willow, so that the roots after reaching the land below would turn the whole raft into a more suitable spot for growing.
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Mexico City is huge and offers so many activities. Xochimilco boat rides are on my to-do list yet.
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|302) 1008 days ago
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