Xochimilco Floating Gardens, Canals and Local Food

Mexico City, Mexico

Xochimilco Floating Gardens, Canals and Local Food

Explore the famous canals of Xochimilco with an expert local guide who can bring you to areas that aren't visited by other travelers. You'll float through the waters on a traditional 'Trajinera' boat and and visit ancient floating gardens known as Chinampas. You'll get to meet some of the local farmers who continue to work these lands and enjoy a delicious meal made with locally grown ingredients. Along the way, you'll get to take in the peaceful landscape filled with migratory birds and other willdlife.

What make this tour special? Your local guide is part of a local nonprofit called De la Chinampa a Tu Mesa. On this tour you'll get to explore parts of Xochimilco that no other travelers visit while supporting projects that benefit farmers and preserve this ecological zone!

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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



Daily tours, 11am to 2pm


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


Fantastic Tour

Do not hesitate to book this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative. The meal provided was absolutely delicious - organic, farm-grown produce from the Chinampas. One of the best things we did on our visit to CDMX.
March 2022

One of my most memorable tour experiences ever

What an incredible day with Ricardo! From his vast knowledge on local flora and fauna, to the spectacular fresh food on the trajinera.... I couldn't have expected more, and THEN he took us to his incredible floating farm (chinampa). There we learned all about his work, vision, and the history of these historic and significant chinampas in Xochimilco. The day was both relaxing and fun, captivating yet there were plenty of moments to watch the boats float by and take it easy. I'll be recommending this tour to everyone that I know– if not just for Ricardo's passion, knowledge, and incredibly important vision for the future of these ancient chinampas. What a way to experience Xochimilco!
March 2022

Unique chinampas experience

So happy we found Ricardo through Lokal- the work he is doing is great. The food on the trajinera was delicious, the farm visit cool, and we learned a lot while enjoying the ride.
March 2022

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Your Local Host

De la Chinampa

Locally Owned Community Project

De la Chinampa a tu Mesa is a non-profit organization supporting ecological preservation and sustainable agriculture in the chinampas of Xochimilco - the famous floating gardens of Mexico City. The owner, Ricardo Rodriguez, leads tours through the beautiful canals offering food from local farms, a visit to the chinampas, and knowledge about the history of the area.

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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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