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Mexico City - Xochimilco - A traditional Sunday

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Uploaded on Dec 19, 2007

Five hundred years ago Xochimilco was the agricultural hub of Tenochtitlán, a metropolis of 235,000 inhabitants. Today, due to the drainage of most of the surrounding lakes, the canals of Xochimilco are all that's left.

Xochimilco is in the heart of Mexico City and for Mexican's and tourist alike, Xochimilco is known as the home of the Floating Gardens. It is a series of water ways where colorfully decorated boats (trajineras) weave in and out of the crowded canals filled with happy passengers who are out for the equivalent of a Sunday drive or picnic.

Along the journey the passengers are entertained with mariachi bands and solo artist serenading lovers for hire, and plied with vendors of all types. From grilled corn to hot tortillas and beer, local souvenirs and even flowers, one can have a wonderful afternoon without ever leaving their boat.

The most fun for us was interacting with other "floaters." It felt as if we were personal guest at everyone else's party.

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