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Xochimilco Canals of Time © Gardens Lunch Cruise
Xochimilco Chauffeured Day Tour and Cruise 
Private Group - 9 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $289 p
Weekdays at 9 AM - By reservation only


Take a leisurely "trajinera boat" cruise and discover the past of Mexico City at a surprising and unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have a Mexican lunch and enjoy Mexican stories and entertainment on board while cruising for five hours into the preservation area, all the way to the real Island of the Dolls. Avoid and beware of scams, any ride under five hours will only show you the beaten path and mock-up models of the real Xochimilco.


This experience takes place at one UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What You Will Do

In this private, guided, leisure tour on a boat visit some of the 600 miles of canals still left from what Mexico City used to be 7 centuries ago. we will take you on a special route to all highlights which include the ecological, farming zone all the way to the original and bizarre Island of the Dolls.

We will learn of Xochimilco's history, its uniqueness and exotic flora and fauna. We will show you the hundreds of man-made islands that kept this city fed for centuries.

The impressive collection of canals will be the back bone of our whole visit. 95% of the attractions lie along them.

In the modern town of Xochimilco we will take you to its 16th century parish, now a cathedral.

You will meet the Axolotl, the world's most surprising amphibian that has the capacity to regenerate many of its body parts. We will enjoy a light Mexican lunch onboard and also an exotic-flavored sherbet tasting.

In the middle of the cruis we will disembark in the mysterious Island of the Dolls to stretch our legs before embarking on our way back having to go on a boat elevator due to the different height of water in the dams.

We will see all kinds of boats carrying food, snacks, drinks, produce, Mariachi bands, and even the police.

Where You Will Be


We will pick you up at your accommodation within the Mexico City limits before heading south to the city limits at Xochimilco. We will visit the local produce market as well as plant nurseries. Then we will embark at a central dock for the rest of the experience.

What Is Included

  • Round trip from your accommodations and back.

  • The experience's host and expert along an experienced driver.

  • The boat ride and its conductor. 

  • Entrance to all open private or public locations, including the boat elevator.

  • A light Mexican lunch and sherbet tasting onboard.

The Experience

You will meet the beauty of the city’s surroundings as seen by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The magic of its canals, Mexico City’s ancient transportation means, and its historical sites will capture your attention from the moment of your arrival.


You will learn history from Pre-Hispanic to Colonial to the Modern Mexico. You will enjoy visiting the Island of the Dolls, meeting the Axolotl, the 16th century churches, the Central Market, its nurseries, the boat ride, and trying food from one of its best and traditional eateries.


Ending Point, Facilities and Transportation


In this visit, you are chauffeured all the time from your accommodations and back. Your host will always remain with you until he makes sure everyone has the right directions and/or help for their next destination.



Leisure Canal Cruise

Things to Keep in Mind

Local Experts

Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.


Small Groups

With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.


Exclusive Access

You will always have the best available perspective.


Curated Paths

Our tours follow the best routes possible for enjoying the experience in the shortest distance.


Specialty Topics

Our unique collection of themes sets us apart. All our topics are carefully selected for the discerning tourist.​


High Standards and Award-Winning Experiences

Every experience is vetted for exclusive access, and some have been awarded top prices for their quality and uniqueness.


Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled at least 7 days before the experience starts for a refund minus a 20% processing charge. Rescheduling and changes can be made at least 3 days before the experience starts. Refunds are counted from the original date of purchase.

Guest Requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. All experiences include a long walk, mostly under the sun, with very few restroom stops (depending on the destination). Liquids aren't allowed inside venues, please be willing to dispose of your containers.

On Schedule

We begin on the dot and do not wait for missing participants. Neither you or us can be late to our next destination.



This experience goes on rain or shine, please come prepared. In case of rain, we will do our best to spend as much time as possible indoors. In case of unforeseen closures of streets or venues, we are always prepared with an equivalent or alternate route.

Xochimilco Canals of Time © Gardens Lunch Cruise
Xochimilco Chauffeured Day Tour and Cruise 
Private Group - 9 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $289 p
Weekdays at 9 AM - By reservation only

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