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Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market

With its canals, wildlife, and plant market, this park is a haven for nature enthusiasts looking for an eco-activity.

Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

1. Xochimilco & Colonial Coyoacan Trip

Setting off on this half-day tour of Xochimilco and Coyoacan, you’ll pass by Mexico City’s World Trade Center, the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum, the Monumental Mexico Bull Ring, and the Insurgentes Theater with its mosaic mural of Diego Rivera’s Cantinflas. Explore the university library that features mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman, Mexico’s Olympic stadium, and the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel, built on lava fields. Enjoy the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco canals, one of the last traces of the Aztec era. Take a relaxing, scenic journey on these ancient waters on a traditional punt or pre-Hispanic boat. You’ll visit the impressive colonial district of Coyoacan. Walk along Francisco Sosa Street to the town’s main square, admiring its large, rambling 16th-century houses on the way. See the impressive mansion of Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the Church of St. John the Baptist, with its magnificent paintings and altarpieces.

CDMX: Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

2. CDMX: Xochimilco, Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Mexico City and sail through the ancient Xochimilco borough on a colorful trajinera. Learn about the city from your guide and visit highlights, including the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Coyoacan Neighborhood. On this private tour, begin with a pick-up from your hotel in Mexico City and drive to Xochimilco. There, climb aboard a trajinera painted with bright colors to explore the channels built by the Aztec civilization. During the tour, you will be informed about the construction of artificial islands and other activities at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Anahuacalli Museum, founded by the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Your guide will offer you a personalized narration about the art collection including 64,000 pre-Hispanic pieces. The blue house, also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum, is where the enigmatic painter Frida Kahlo lived and died. Learn about the important details of her life and admire your her work before taking a stroll through the historic center of Coyoacan, which has a colonial atmosphere. Lastly, your guide will take you to visit the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where you will be able to see mosaic murals by Diego Rivera, Juan O'Gorman and David A.Siqueiros. After admiring the views of the Olympic stadium, be taken from the Vuelta to your hotel.

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Casa Azul, Coyoacán & UNAM Tour

3. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Casa Azul, Coyoacán & UNAM Tour

Take a guided day trip from Mexico City and cruise the waterways of Xochimilco, a UNESCO site, on a wooden boat. Explore the colonial architecture of Coyoacán, stroll through Central University, and visit the Frida Kahlo Museum with the included entry tickets. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the doorstep of your accommodation in Mexico city. Relax in an airconditioned van on the drive to the waterways of Xochimilco. Glide through the water on a colorful wooden boat called a Trajinera. Purchase a drink and regional snacks from one of the restaurant boats that dot the waterways. Listen to the sounds of mariachi bands permeating the air as you sail past the floating gardens. Continue your tour to the neighborhood of Coyoacán, favored by some of Mexico's most famous artists and writers. Stroll its tree-lined cobbled streets, admiring the stucco and tile facades of its beautiful colonial houses. Next, make your way to the Frida Kahlo Museum which is the former house of the famed Mexican painter. Gain insight into the life of this iconic figure and her famous husband, Diego Rivera, and stroll through the picturesque garden. The last stop of the tour is to the campus of the Central University, home to the Olympic Stadium from 1968 and adorned with murals by a number of Mexican artists.

Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

4. Mexico City: Xochimilco, Coyoacán and University City Tour

Go on an insightful guided tour to Coyoacan and Xochimilco. Sail on a boat and explore the ancient canals of the Xochimilco lake before indulging in local food and Mexican music. Start your trip with a brief visit to an artisan center in one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city, Peralvillo.  Learn all about the handicrafts of all regions of Mexico. Continue your tour in the southern part of the city, where you can visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, or if you prefer, head to the center of Coyoacan, for a 1-hour visit. Next, move on to discover the beautiful scenery of Lake of Xochimilco. Make the most of the opportunity to take a ride on a boat named Trajinera, in the ancient canals of the lake.  In Xochimilco, see the chinampas (artificial islands), and find out what life was like 500 years ago in the great Tenochtitlan. Take this chance to savor the typical food of the region, as well as enjoy the Mexican music mariachi. Finally, visit one of the most important universities in Latin America, UNAM.

From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

5. From Mexico City: Teotihuacan & Xochimilco Private Day Tour

Explore the rich folkloric and cultural traditions of Mexico on this full-day private excursion to Teotihuacan and Xochimilco. Let the music, colors, and flowers fill you with memories as you explore ancient archaeological sites and local traditions. Enjoy the ride from your accommodation to the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan. Enjoy a brief history of maguey, or agave, and sample pulque, a traditional Mexican drink. Resume the trip to reach Xochimilco. Hop aboard a trajinera, the colorfully decorated canoe-type wooden boats, a don't-miss highlight of this Mexico City experience. End your educational journey in the Archaeological Zone of Tlatelolco.

Mexico City: Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco

6. Mexico City: Frida Kahlo Museum, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco

Your tour will begin with your discovery of Coyoacan, of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City and a the former village which is now the borough’s “historic center.” The name comes from Nahuatl, and most likely means “place of coyotes”. You will visit the beautiful town of Coyoacan, considered a magical neighborhood with a bohemian atmosphere. Full of stories, a walk through this village will help you discover its galleries, crafts, and Frida Kahlo’s home and Museum. You will have the option to enter this home and museum, which belonged to her parents and is where she lived as a child. This house was inhabited by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from 1929 to 1954, and here you can find some of her famous paintings, letters, and personal effects. Next, you will head towards Xochimilco for a journey through the ancient canals and artificial islands created by the original peoples over 800 years ago. You will sail aboard a colorful boat known as a “Trajineras”, with there being no better way to be surrounded by the folklore of the people of Mexico.

Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

7. Mexico City Tour and Xochimilco Canal Boat Ride

Explore Mexico City and discover the history and cultural diversity of this city. Visit the National Palace, see the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera attract the crowds. Then, go to Constitution Square and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral. Head off the main avenues to Chapultepec Park, one of the most important residential areas of the city. Explore the Zona Rosa before going to the World Trade Center, Siqueiros Cultural Poly forum, and monumental Bull Ring.  Admire more Diego artwork at the Insurgentes Theater before going to the famous library at University City, entirely covered in mosaic murals by Juan O´Gorman.  See the Olympic Stadium and explore the residential area of Pedregal de San Angel. Then, make your way to the Xochimilco Canals, one of the last traces of the ancient Aztec era. Here, you will take a relaxing trip on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat.  Continue to colonial Coyoacan for a walk down Francisco Sosa Street to see the old houses from the 16th century. Visit the Conquistador Hernando Cortes and the beautiful paintings and altarpiece of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

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What people are saying about Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 367 reviews

What a fun tour of the city! Our guide Alan was very helpful and told us amusing stories about the sites and of what it is like living as a local in Mexico City. I was nervous that we wouldn't have enough time to do all the activities but everything was set at a great pace. I didn't feel rushed yet we still accomplished a lot during our day. We even went to a few unexpected areas like Cuicuilco. Make sure to bring a good amount of cash for food and souvenirs as most of the vendors don't accept card. My friends and I picked this specific tour for the convenience of getting picked up directly from our place of stay, which was very convenient. I highly recommend this tour; we made many memories!

Antonio fue un magnífico anfitrión y guía de turistas, tiene un conocimiento basto en lo relativo a nuestro tour además de un increíble sentido del humor, el conductor Elíseo nos transporto y muy paciente nos espero en cada locación cuidando de todas nuestras compras que dejamos en la camioneta. Gracias por hacer nuestro viaje y este tour muy especial.

Our tour guide Elizabeth and our driver Daniel were fantastic. It was a very informative tour that included everything listed on the itinerary and some extra surprises I would highly recommend this tour and tour company.

Enjoyed Xochimilco without the crowds, visit to pyramids including dinner over looking historical site. Definitely recommend. Guide was excellent in explaining everything and arranging events in a practical manner.

Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and right amount of time at each activity. Would recommend