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Mexico City Sightseeing Including Xochimilco Canals Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Take a boat ride along an ancient Aztec canal and see the lovely floating gardens
  • Visit Mexico′s celebrated University City – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire the beautiful colonial houses of Coyoacan
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Wednesday and Sunday


    5 hours

    Start time

    Start Time: Wednesday : 2:00pm
    Sunday: 9:00am
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Mexico City. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Mexico City

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Travel back in time…down ancient Aztec built canals on a traditional boat. As you arrive at the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco Canals, a sense of calmness will set upon you. One of the last traces of the Aztec era, you can enjoy a relaxing, scenic journey through these ancient waters on a traditional pre-Hispanic boat past vibrant floating gardens.

    Explore the University City and visit its famous library decorated throughout with the mosaic murals of Juan O’Gorman, see the Olympic Stadium and the residential area of Pedregal se San Angel, built on lava fields.

    Tour the colonial district of Coyoacan and enjoy a stroll down Francisco Sosa Street along large, old, rambling houses from the 16th century. You will come across the impressive mansion of the ‘Conquistador’ Hernando Cortes and the Church of Saint John the Baptist boasting of many beautiful paintings and altarpieces.

    Note: This tour is not available between 15 December and 31 December. Should this tour not be available on your chosen date, we recommend an alternative Mexico sightseeing tour click here for more details>>

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    You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from your hotel in Mexico City. Set out on a panoramic tour of the World Trade Center, the Siqueiros Cultural Polyforum, the monumental Mexico Bull Ring and the Insurgentes Theatre with its mosaic murals by artist Diego Riviera.

    Further on, proceed to the University City located in Coyoacan borough in the southern part of Mexico City. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the university encloses the Olympic Stadium, the Cultural Centre, an ecological reserve, the Central Library and some museums. Interestingly, the university was built on a bed of solidified lava to replace the scattered buildings in downtown Mexico City.

    Continue to the waters of the Xochimilco Canals where you can take a traditional boat cruise down ancient Aztec canals. The place is famous for its extended series of canals on the ancient Lake Xochimilco. Sail on colorful trajineras, a traditional boat between chinampas (floating gardens – an ancient Mesoamerican agriculture) covered with flowers. The shores of Xochimilco Canals are lined with houses and docks, and are a favorite haunt of Mexican families and tourists on the weekends.

    Further on, head to the impressive colonial district of Coyoacan and take a walk down the Francisco Sosa Street lined with architectural marvels from the 16th century. Also stop by at the Church of Saint John the Baptist and marvel at its paintings.

    After exploring the historical district of Coyoacan, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Mexico City.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • Traditional boat ride on Xochimilco Canals


    • Guide
    • Snacks and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Hotel pick up includes from the locations are the following: Downtown (Zocalo - Centro Histórico), Reforma, Zona Rosa, Chapultepec, Polanco. Outside of this areas applies surcharge, which it depends of the numbers of passengers and hotel location.

    Zone Centro: Gran Hotel Cd. México, BW Majestic, Holiday Inn Zócalo, NH centro Histórico, Fiesta Inn, Marlowe, Metropol, Monte Real, Estoril, San Francisco, Ambasssador, Sheraton Centro Histórico
    Zone Rosa: Calinda Geneve, Century, Fiesta americana Suites, Galería Plaza, Misión, NH Kristal México City, Plaza Florencia, Royal Zona Rosa,
    Zone Reforma and Polanco: Casa Inn, Sheraton María Isabel, Casa Blanca, Misión, Premier, Fiesta Americana, Jena, Regente Del Angel, Emporio, Fiesta Americana Grand, Four Seasons, Gran Melia Reforma, Marquis, New York, Hyatt Regency Mexico City, Presidente.

    Surcharge rates for pickup with hotels outside of the above zones (Round Trip, Per Person):
    Zone 1 and 3: US$27 for 1 passenger, US$15 for 2 passengers, US$12 for 3 passengers, US$10 for 4 and more passengers
    Zone 4 and 5: US$42 for 1 passenger, US$22 for 2 passengers, US$16 for 3 passengers, US$13 for 4 and more passengers

    This is mandatory to provide below information at the time of booking. If some of this information is missing, unfortunately we will refuse the reservation.
    • Name of the hotel where the customer will stay
    • Flights information and times
    • Names of all the customers who take the tour

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Great Tour

      A very good comprehensive City Tour followed by a great boat ride on the canal with lots of Mariachi Band music. The guide was very good and helped everyone enjoy the outing....

      RICHARD HOWARD, Australia, 07/Mar/2014
    • Comprehensive tour of University City, Coyoacan, and Floating Gardens

      My daughter and I enjoyed the tour. Our guide went out of his way to show us a few places that were not on the agenda. The driver was very nice, very patient with traffic and...

      Amalia V. Fidas, United States, 16/Jun/2011


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