Five hundred years ago, Mexico City looked a little different.
Instead of crowded roads, there was water. The honking red and gold taxis were preceded by boats. In place of today’s bars, restaurants and cathedrals sat piles of mud, reeds and tree roots.
Back then Mexico City was Tenochtitlán, capital of the Aztec empire. The city stretched over a series of man-made islands called chinampas. For years, these piles of earth gave the Aztecs easy access to Lake Texcoco’s fertile shores and ample fish supply.
And then the Spanish came along.
Xochimilco is the only place where you can experience the original Mexico City. It's about a 45 minute cab ride from the city. Sundays are the best day to go.