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Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
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Floating Mariachi

Escape the hurly-burly of one of the largest cities in the world and head out a half hour south to Xochimilco (IPA: [sotʃiˈmilko]). One of the sixteen delegaciones or boroughs within Mexican Federal District. There you will float on a system of canals in colorful wooden boats that will challenge your idea of reality. The name “Xochimilco” comes from Nahuatl and means “flower field," that is exactly what you will find, rich fields of Marigolds, the traditional flower used to honor the dead. However all of your senses will quickly be put to use in this life. Arriving on your boat with a single paddler you'll think you've entered a light hearted satirical version, of a venetian gondola. Quickly embracing this brighter parallel. You are offered beverages like the tallest, spiciest, richest Michelada you will ever drink. And yes this one beer will last even the greatest enthusiast, three hours.There is nothing you will be without as you float along. Boats will graciously ask you if you are hungry, float up and cook (on the spot) tacos, quesadillas, Elote (Mexican corn on the cob). There is something so surreal and celebratory about eating a zucchini flower quesadilla, floating on a canal in a boat surrounded by marigolds, pelicans, storks, and falcons. As if you've reached the afterlife and all that is left are times of celebration. A telenovela wedding with an eight piece mariachi band floating by, bathing you in serenade.You think, row row row your boat, life is but a dream.

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Xochimilco

Corrales I y II
Tlalpan, 14607 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
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