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Xochimilco and National University of Mexico

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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.
  • Explore the ancient canals of Mexico City in a traditional trajinera boat
  • Learn about Xochimilco’s rich Aztec history from a knowledgeable guide
  • See murals by some of the country’s best artists at the National University
  • Make the most of your time with convenient hotel pickup and drop off
What to Expect
After being picked up at your hotel, take a 17-mile (28 km) bus ride from Mexico City’s historic center to Xochimilco and step onto a trajinera, a colorful flat-bottomed boat. With your guide, begin your voyage through these ancient waterways. You’ll see the chinampas—a system of floating gardens developed by the Aztecs centuries ago amid land shortages—and learn about how many of the city’s flower markets still rely on blooms produced in Xochimilco. Afterwards, head to the main campus of National University of Mexico, itself a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see its iconic Central Library, murals by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as its stadium and bullfighting ring. The tour ends with a ride back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
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 Downtown, we have some meeting points.
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Pickup and drop-off from most downtown Mexico City, Reforma and Polanco hotels included
  • Ride in a colorful 'trajinera'
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Xochimilco
  • Gratuities
  • Food
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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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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A Birthday surprise provided by a friend on a gondola-like ride through the canals of Xochimilco was great with our two young and very handsome tour guides. Let the party begin! Mariachi Music was heard on board different boats as they were passing by us on a very crowded
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It's not that the guide and driver did not do a good job it's just that your at the mercy of the slowest member of the group. Xochimilco was interesting, full of locals on the weekend enjoy the food and music while floating on the canal. Food was fine but I guess I was the only
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Response from Customer S, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Xochimilco and National University of Mexico
Responded 21 Mar 2018
Good morning dear Client. We thank you for your feedback, your opinion is very important for us, we are truly sorry about the perception that you have of our product, we will pass along your comments to our management in Mexico city in order to improve our services. We also would like to put at your disposal our private services on your next visit so you can organize the time spent at each location. Again, we want to offer you a sincere apology for the inconveniences that you may have experienced. Best Regards Customer Service Team. P.S. if you have any aditional question or want to share further details about your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at customerservice@olympus-tours.com
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We took this trip on our second day in Mexico City and only good thing about it was the fact that we had a private driver taking us to the canals. If you expect this to be educational then you are better of shopping around for another tour. We do recommend visiting Xochimilco.
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Response from OlympusCService, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Xochimilco and National University of Mexico
Responded 24 Oct 2017
Good evening dear client. We thank you for your feedback it is always good to hear our client's experience, it helps to improve our services. We are sorry that the activity weren't able to accomplish all your expectations, we would like to hear more about it as well as hear your suggestions to make a better product. Please get in contact with us at customerservice@olympus-tours.com and tell us your story and how can we do better. we will be looking forward to hear from you. Best Regards Customer Service
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
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