Xochimilco Canals

Historic Site in Mexico City

Hundreds of colorful trajineras (gondolas) await passengers at the village’s 10 embarcaderos (jetties) to paddle you through the waterways dotted with birdlife and hedged by patchy trees. The tranquil city escape is only broken by the odd party boat or food and drink touts gliding up alongside – all part of the experience. Nearest to the center are Belem, Salitre and San Cristóbal, about 400m east of the plaza, and Fernando Celada, 400m west of the plaza on Avenida Guadalupe Ramírez.

On Saturday and Sunday, 60-person lanchas colectivas (boat taxis) run between the Salitre embarcadero and the Nativitas embarcadero (near the corner of Av Hermenegildo Galeana and Calle del Mercado)1.4km southeast along the canal.

Boats seat from one to 20 people, making large group outings relatively cheap. Before boarding the trajinera, you can buy beer, soft drinks and food from vendors at the embarcaderos if you fancy an onboard picnic while cruising.

The official hourly price is fixed and per boat, not per person, so beware of markups.