Mexico Travel Guide
Xochimilco Canals

Navigate the canals of Xochimilco in a wooden trajinera.

Rutopía editorial team
Rutopía editorial team
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Today you will visit one of the most emblematic areas of Mexico City: the canals of Xochimilco, the name means the ‘Place of the Flowers’ in Náhuatl, the canals of Xochimilco are the last reminder of the rivers that once crossed the valley floor of Tenochtitlan – which is now modern-day Mexico City. You will explore the canals on a colorful boat called a trajinera (a wooden boat painted in colorful colors that has a traditional Mexican name to honor a family member of the owner) to learn about the Aztec’s ingenious technique for growing food upon the fertile riverbeds of the pre-Hispanic waterways – the chinampas are still in use today.

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