Probably going to the channels of Xochimilco Mágico if you are in Mexico DF is an option that you should not miss to be able to enjoy the music of the mariachis, the festive atmosphere, and the ride on a trajinera. Xochimilco (area formed by canals and chinampas ) have been declared a World Heritage Site (1987).
These canals are to the south of the city and you can get there by public transport, take the subway at the Taxqueña station (a light train leaves from here) to the Embarcadero stop, once here, ask the residents of the area for what They tell you how to get to the trajineras. The main piers are Nativitas and Cuernanco.
Renting a trajinera to tour the canals is the next step you will have to take. At the pier, you will have to negotiate the price and the route (as a general rule, the price is for the barge not for the number of people, they are rented by the hour, including their ‘skipper’, it is advisable to negotiate well).
These barges are unmistakable, strikingly decorated with (women’s) names and large typefaces.
During the tour of the canals, you can rent groups of mariachis to get on your boat or play alongside yours. You can bring your own supplies, but it is much more fun to buy from the street vendors that plow through the canals in their barges.
It is mandatory to drink a Michelada (try the one made with beer, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi or soy), Tequila, Enchiladas, Tacos, Quesadillas, Tlacoyos (they are thick oval and long tortillas, prepared with masa corn and stuffed with various ingredients), the ears of corn and the Elotes (or corn), everything is cooked at the moment.
To make the ‘technical stops’, on the banks of the canals there are several embarcadores with public toilets (all cost 10 pesos).
Island of the Dolls
During the tour, remind the ‘patron’ of the Trajinera to pass you by the Island of the Dolls‘, this chinampa has been decorated by Julián Santa Ana Barrera (the person in charge for years of collecting the dolls that decorate the island) to doll base collected from landfills with the aim of ” scare away the fright “, they are hanging from trees and houses, and of course they do not leave you indifferent, it is quite gloomy and with a macabre atmosphere.
Xochimilco Mágico is an ideal place to go on weekends , although it is also the time where you will see more people, but above all, the most fun is to see the revelry that is in other trajineras , whether they are led by families, bachelorette parties or tourists. .