Xochimilco And National University Of Mexico - Mexico City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Mexico City, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast
    Traveler pickup is offered
    To schedule your pickup, please contact us. Our complimentary pickup areas include Polanco, Reforma, and Downto.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Drift through the magnificent Floating gardens of xochimilco in a colorful trajinera, a flat-bottomed boat characteristic of this unique agricultural region. Learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, first established as a pre-Columbian city on the shores of Lake xochimilco just south of Mexico city. As you ride the decorative vessel, take in the once-enormous agrarian canal system that fed the Aztec capital. Afterward, enjoy a brief visit to the National University of Mexico, which contains an outdoor gallery of mural art and sculptures.

Know More about this tour

Xochimilco (pronounced so-chee-MIL-co') is an agricultural area located 17 miles (28 km) south of Mexico city where many of the citys flowers are grown. In Aztec times, with prime farmland being scarce, the local people developed artificial islands with floating reed mats loaded with soil and used them as gardens called chinampas. Experience this natural and cultural wonder in what is now an ecological reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site!


After hotel pickup and transport by air-conditioned coach to Xochimilco, board a flat-bottomed trajinera with your guide and drift through the lovely floating gardens amid a network of small canals once an extensive lake system that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico.


Admire other colorful, painted boats transporting passengers and goods along the water as you relax at your communal table and chairs under the shade of the trajineras roof. Watch vendors selling fresh food, and enjoy tacos with beer for lunch (own expense) as your driver moves the vessel along by pulling a pole through the water. Hear your guide tell about the characteristic boats, originally hollowed from logs and once used for transportation throughout Mexico.


After your boat tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit the National University of Mexico, founded in 1550. See the stadium and bull-fighting ring where the classic sport takes place on Sundays, and view the university library on campus. Your guide will point out the impressive outdoor gallery containing mural art and sculptures before transporting you back to your hotel.

Inclusions

Pickup and drop-off from most downtown Mexico City, Reforma and Polanco hotels included

Ride in a colorful 'trajinera'

Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Note: The duration of this tour may vary due to traffic and/or weather conditions

Important: Itinerary is subject to change during holidays and special occasions. Please kindly contact the local tour operator for information and confirmation

It is not recommended to book this tour on the same day of your departure.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Jan-2020

    Very nice a place to visit, listen to local music and rating local food.
    Our tour guid was awesome.
    I highly recommend it.

  • 27-Feb-2018

    Very nice when we finally got there. Unfortunately our guide took us to many other places in the city tha
    t were not on the itinerary

  • 07-Dec-2017

    Not as described. Picked up at 9:30am from the hotel, didn't arrive at Xochimilco until after 2pm. First stop, a tourist trap silver shop, second stop, waiting around for well over an hour in Coyoacan while people on a different tour went to the Frida Kahlo house. Next stop, Xochimilco. Did I mention the hours stuck in traffic in-between these stops? Well you can enjoy that too! Xochimilco is pretty neat and worth a visit. The tour through the University consisted of driving through the campus. Never got out of the vehicle. Didn't get back to the hotel til after 5pm. A lot of time invested in very little actual activity.

  • 18-Sep-2017

    We never went to the National University, we just passed by.

  • 17-Sep-2017

    Pretty but too short and congested.

  • 02-Sep-2017

    Summary: DO NOT DO THIS TOUR. Anyone is honestly better off just Ubering to Xochimilco or the Stadium at the University and just navigating it on your own. You'll make better use of your time and learn way more. They budget 90 of the tour to be unsolicited and uncomfortable shopping, our guide taught us only one thing and kept repeating it at each location, and it makes no sense to go 30 minutes North to one location to see it for 2 minutes, and then to go 45 minutes South to the boats/other location where they want to kick you out after half an hour. Full description below:

    Horrible tour. We started at 8am and went to see some Aztec ruins about 5 minutes from the starting point, where we learned what we would later find out to be the only piece of historical information on the tour: Mexicans were born out of the Aztecs and Spaniards. We asked what the ruins were and the tour guide didn't know. She then went on to tell us about all the atrocities that had happened around these ruins, such as the student massacre a few decades ago. Super bright way to start our day.

    We then got on the bus and tried to shake it off, thinking we'd go to the stadium or the gardens, you know, the two things on the itinerary for the day. Instead, we were taken 20 minutes away to this random store where they had clearly been expecting us. Our guide went on to say this is where the son of the guy who made the Heart of the Ocean in Titanic works. She literally said this is important for you to learn about our culture. Ok then. After a horribly uncomfortable 30 minutes at this store, we got back on the bus and waited for this woman to reappear. When she did, we asked if we could go to one of the actual points of our tour. She was actually upset we didn't want to go to the three other places she was trying to take us to buy her friends' things.

    We decided to go to the University and that we'd be in the area for the floating gardens. Come to find out when we got on the bus and googled it, they were taking us 30 minutes North, and would then be taking us 45 min south to Xochimilco. We tried to keep sunny for our friend who we were celebrating on this trip, and could do ok until this point. We get to the university and all file out of the bus to go check out the stadium. We looked at the mural and our guide reiterated the factoid about Mexicans being an Aztec and Spanish mix. Cool, we thought, can we go check it out? We got a resounding No from our guide. At this point, we were upset. They literally took us a ridiculous distance to get out and look at a stadium for 2 freaking minutes. This shouldn't even be part of the tour when the guide knows nothing about it and doesn't have access to the actual venue. Unbelievable.

    Angry and tired since we got up at 7am to get to the starting place by 8am, we finally headed down to Xochimilco. Since we passed on the shopping detours, we got there around 10:30am, and there was basically no one there. We got on the boat, went down the waterway, and after 30 minutes they tried to take us back. We told them we had just gotten food and asked if we could go back since it was 11:15 and the tour was supposed to go until 2pm. They charged us 5 USD a head and let us stay, but then tried to take us down this completely abandoned waterway when we could hear the main one getting full of people and the things we actually wanted to see. We had to beg them to take us back down that way, and they did until a halfway point and then took us back. Total time on the boat was maybe 1hr and 15min.

    We got back on the bus and then sat in traffic for an hour and a half trying to get back to the start point. This company doesn't use toll roads, so you just get to sit and stare at nothing while trying to get home to salvage your trip. We realized that not only did we learn nothing, but the total amount of time doing the activities advertised was less than an hour and a half. Infuriating. Again, I highly recommend doing these activities on your own on separate days if you want to have a good experience.

  • 30-Jun-2017

    Pretty good tour, but the boat tour of Xochimilco was only one hour. There were lots of stops before we go there - interesting stuff, but it took away from the main reason for the tour.

  • 14-Apr-2017

    Tour was great. Van picked us up from hotel was a little late, but they called to let us know. While we picked up other passengers the driver and guide gave us history of the city while driving around. We then boarded a smaller van that took us to Xochimilco. The driver/guide was excellent and even stopped at unplanned stops to show us more sights. Xochimilco was amazing, we were able to quickly park and quickly get on a boat this is beneficial as it is extremely crowded. We had another boat stop at our boat with food and drinks. Food was tasty authentic Mexican food. Overall this was worth the money. Everyone we dealt with was professional and courteous.

  • 19-Mar-2017

    Extremely annoyed when guide decided to take us to see the Frida Kahlo museum instead of the University of Mexico. I have emailed my complaint but no-one has replied.

  • 22-Jun-2016

    This tour was nothing like what was advertised. We stopped at a jewelry store first? Why?? Then we went to the Frida Kahlo museum which really messed up our plans because we had intended to go to the museum and market the next day -- it's also in the opposite direction of Xochimilco. We finally got to Xochimilco and were only on the boat for an hour and literally spent 5 minutes at the National University of Mexico. Frida/Xochimilco is another tour that I did NOT register for -- I don't know why were taken to all of these extra places at the expense of the original itinerary. We spent most of our time in the van. Had I know what we were in for, I would've booked with another group. We wanted to spend more time on the boat and actually do a tour of the University. Not worth it.

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