Floating Gardens and Coyoacan

After you got a taste of the city, you can start exploring a little bit more about its past and present.

Your next visit should be to the floating gardens of Xochimilco. Some people say it’s like Venetia, but I don’t think there’s even a similitude. Xochimilco is a network of canals and artificial islands that came from the Aztec empire. Today it is one of the main attractions of the city. People rent trajineras (boats) and go around the islands looking at people who live in the shores growing flowers. In these canals you’ll find authentic Mexican food, traditional candies and music… all in trajineras. And if you have a common name, you may see it made of flowers in top of one trajinera.

Not too far from there is Coyoacan, another legacy of the colonial era. In Coyoacan you’ll find old buildings remodeled as pubs and markets. Here, you want to visit the Casa Azul, home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and now a wonderful museum. Don’t forget to stop by the church in Downtown coyoacan and when you get hungry I recommend you to eat at the Huarache Azteca. Spend the rest of your day taking a look at the street market, musicians, galleries and bars. I’m sure you won’t find a cultural and artistic mood like the one you’ll experience here.

And if after this long day you still want to party… there are many options, but I’ll tell you about them on the next post.


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