Xochimilco Canals

Taking a boat ride in atrajinera on the Xochimilco Canals south of the city, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1987, is something you are sure to enjoy - along with many Mexicans. The atmosphere is always festive as the colourful boats, packed with families and musicians, cruise along the canals dotted with "floating gardens", a legacy from Aztec lake agriculture. Boats leave from docks at Salitre and Nuevo Nativitas.

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Opening hours

On weekends (busy days), the lancha colectiva (collective boat) rides along the gran canal for about 15 pesos between Salitre and Nuevo Nativitas (noon-6pm - 30mn). Nuevo Nativitas boasts the largest concentration of boats, a tourist information desk (9am-7pm) and a crafts market (weekends). On weekdays, hire a trajinera which service times are strictly controlled (350 pesos, check on the information board or www.xochimilco.df.gob.mx). To reach Nuevo Nativitas by land, take the pesero "Galeana" before the flower market; to return, follow the bank to Zacapa pier and take the pesero "Xochimilco" (10min)

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