Canal Boating & Picnicking In Xochimilco, Mexico City

Strolling the Canal...

One of the more interesting outings during my trip to Mexico City with some friends in May 2007 was hiring a trajinera (canal boat) on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Xochimilco. This park, located about 20 miles south of downtown Mexico City, consists of miles of canals.  During the Aztec era, this area was one large lake that was gradually filled in to grow maize and other crops.  Nowadays, the locals come down here to rent a colorful trajinera (canal boat with boatmen) for a few hours (or a whole day) to picnic.  The boats are named after woman and can accommodate up to 20 people.

Boatmen steer the trajinera through the canals using a long pole.  After downing a few Mexican beers, we hired a floating vendor to prepare four different kinds of soft tacos, frijoles and other goodies.  While enjoying our food we passed the Island of the Dolls – where unloved dolls come to spend the rest of their days! Xochimilco was an unexpected delight and a very unique experience.  It is definite must do in Mexico City.

Visit my photo gallery for more photos of Xochimilco.

Learn more about what to see and do in Mexico City.  I have my own, free, two-page, MY CITY guide to Mexico City.  Go to the Services page for more information.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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