Xochimilco Floating Gardens, Canals and Local Food

Mexico City, Mexico

Xochimilco Floating Gardens, Canals and Local Food

Explore the famous canals of Xochimilco with a local guide, Ricardo, who will take you to hidden corners of the region that are not visited by other travelers. While many boats in Xochimilco are used for parties, this tour offers a unique experience focused on knowledge, great food, and fun. On this special tour, you'll float along the waterways on a traditional trajinera boat, visiting ancient floating gardens known as Chinampas.

Ricardo is part of a nonprofit called De la Chinampa a Tu Mesa, and your tour will support their efforts to benefit local farmers and preserve the ecological zone of Xochimilco. You'll get to meet some of the farmers who work these lands and enjoy a delicious meal made with locally grown ingredients.

As you journey through the peaceful landscape, you'll have the chance to spot migratory birds and other wildlife. This is a truly special opportunity to experience the beauty of Xochimilco and support the local community at the same time. Book your tour now and discover the hidden gems of Xochimilco with Ricardo! Read the reviews, everyone loves Ricardo!

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Half Day

Travel Style

Foodie Fun, Connect with Nature and Time to Relax


Spanish and English
Your guide can give the tour in Spanish or English

Physical Activity

Light activity


Wifi: None
Cell: Available
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Speaks: Spanish and English


  • Go with an expert guide from the nonprofit De la Chinampa a Tu Mesa
  • Learn the incredible history of Xochimilco and it's modern impact on Mexico City
  • Meet local farmers on private Chinampas that no other travelers visit
  • Eat a delicious meal cooked specially with locally grown ingredients
  • See incredible birds and wildlife as you glide through the canals of the ecological preserve
  • Ride in a colorful, traditional boat called a Trajinera



Flexible start time. Recommended to begin at 11am or 2pm, but other times can be arranged on request.


Flexible Departure Date
All year


Private Tour, 1-20 Travelers


What's Included


Bilingual guide


Food included: * Quesadillas with different ingredients and cheese * Fresh salad with freshly harvested produce from the chinampas * Cheeses from free grazing cows that graze in the chinampas * Guacamole with avocados from the local producers of Cuajimalpa * Totopos chips * Fresh tamarind water with chia * Fresh Coffee



Traveler Reviews


Unforgettable experience getting to know Mexico City's agricultural past and future

We are so glad we got to see Xochimilco's floating gardens authentically with a local guide that works and grows food on the Chinampas. Ricardo was a fantastic host, he started the boat trip with food grown on the Chinampas while he explained the history of the floating gardens and it's importance to the past, present and future of Mexico City. We received an array of quesadillas, juices, local coffee, guacamole, and vegetables - everything was delicious! Visiting the floating gardens was really special and Ricardo was very informative throughout the tour. We highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Mexico City!
March 2024

Wonderful Time on the River with Ricardo

Our group of 6 spent a wonderful Saturday morning with Ricardo cruising down the canal, exploring the wonderful farm land, and eating a delicious lunch. This was a first time experience for all of us in Xochimilco. We've been and will be telling everyone it's not to be missed!
March 2024

An Enriching, Engaging, and Educational Experience--and Fun!

We LOVED our tour with Ricardo! It was just our family, and about 10 minutes in, my 22-year-old daughter told me that this was her favorite part of our trip to CDMX. We loved learning the history of the chinampas in the eco-reserve, and we appreciated Ricardo's wealth of knowledge about their ecological and cultural significance. We went on a day when the waters were not swarmed with fiestas, so our experience was peaceful and relaxing. Ricardo served us some delicious tamales (best we've had in a while), among other tasty treats. We will recommend to everyone we know. Thank you, Ricardo!
February 2024

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De la Chinampa

De la Chinampa

Locally Owned Community Project

De la Chinampa a tu Mesa is a non-profit organization that supports ecological preservation and sustainable agriculture in the chinampas of Xochimilco, the famous floating gardens of Mexico City. Led by owner Ricardo Rodriguez, the organization offers tours of

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Getting There

Transport options

Taxi and Local transport
This experience begins at the Embarcadero Cuemanco just outside of Mexico City. It's very accessible via public transit, taxi, or Uber.
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