Photo Aníbal Barco
The system of canals and chinampas (cultivated fields fashioned from the area’s swampy soils) that has survived in the far-south neighborhood known as Xochilmilco once stretched all the way to the Centro. To this day, the community is known for plant nurseries and vegetable gardens. These ancient uses now share space with what has become one of the most singular pleasure gardens in the world, where visitors hire “gondoliers” to propel boats known as trajineras as they sail the channels in the company of floating mariachis and food vendors, partying teens, and extended families out for a picnic lunch. With a four-hour-plus investment (it flies by), ask your oarsman to take you to Xochimilco’s more rural precincts, where you’ll enjoy marvelous quiet, far from the madding crowd, in the company of cranes, curs, and picturesque cornfields.
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