The trajineras of Xochimilco are a very picturesque and representative type of boat of Mexico City. Here we will share with you everything you need to know to visit them.
Its use dates back to the time of the Aztec empire and the old Tenochtitlan. Our ancestors used to travel in these small boats to go from one place to another within this great city.
With the arrival of the Spaniards and the conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the only thing that remains as a memory of this navigation activity are the Trajineras of Xochimilco. These have become one of the most important tourist attractions in the CDMX, as they are open to the public.
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Trajineras de Xochimilco Schedules
The service schedule of the trajineras in Xochimilco is as follows
- Every day from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
This will allow you to schedule all your activities so that you can make the most of the day, leaving time to enjoy the surrounding area as well.
Xochimilco Trajineras Xochimilco Prices
There are approximately 10 official piers, each with its own services and costs. Our recommendation, especially for those visiting the city for the first time, is to take the tour that includes the trajineras, Frida’s museum and Coyoacán.
Why do we recommend this tour?
For travelers it is perfect because it allows you to visit 3 of the most important places in Mexico City in just 1 day. The price is quite fair, includes transportation and access to all 3 sites and saves you a lot of planning and hassle.
How much does a trajinera charge in Xochimilco?
Maybe this is the first question you’re asking yourself when you hear about a walk through Xochimilco, and here’s the answer:
Prices are variable because there is a wide variety of options for trajinera tours in Xochimilco.
The most important thing is to know what you want to know and how much time you have for it, so these are the prices you will find. A very important fact is that the costs are per trajinera (from 1 to 18 people), so don’t be fooled by “cheap packages per person”.
Trajineras of Xochimilco Costs
|Island of dolls||$2,000.00||5 hrs. approx.|
|Ajolote Museum||$1,600.00.||4 hrs. approx|
|Sightseeing tour||$1,200.00.||3 hrs.|
|Party (sightseeing tour + horn)||$1,700.00||3 hrs.|
|Traditional Tour||$800.00||2 hrs.|
Other costs to consider in the trajineras of xochimilco
In addition to the rides mentioned above, the Las Flores Nativitas pier offers a series of extra services that you can purchase to enjoy the party to the fullest:
- Food and beverages.
- Personalization of the trajinera with natural flowers.
What to do in the Trajineras of Xochimilco
Apart from strolling along the canals, listening to Mexican music and eating typical Mexican dishes, one can visit some places of interest.
Visiting Isla de las Muñecas
For this you must make a tour of a duration of 5 hours. The tour starts at the main canal, where you will find musicians playing music, visit the chinampas, the Caltongo lagoon and then the ecological zone where the Ajolot Museum and the Apatlaco canal are located.
Finally, you will visit the original Isla de las Muñecas and learn about the dark history that surrounds it.
Go to the Ajolote Museum
You can hire a tour that will take you exclusively to the Ajolote Museum, where there is a breeding farm with approximately 70 specimens on display.
WARNING! these 2 activities are something we recommend for local people or for those visiting the city for the second time.
For those who are visiting the city for the first time, we highly recommend using the excursion of: Coyoacan+Xochimilco+Frida to make better use of the time and get to know other important places.
How to get to the Trajineras of Xochimilco
You can arrive by Uber, in your own car or remember that the tour above includes the transfer.
How to get there by public transportation
You should know that Xochimilco is far from the center of the CDMX, to get there by public transportation you should follow the following indications:
- Starting from the zocalo, which is a very central point, you can take the metro line 2 to Tasqueña Station.
- Afterwards, you will board a light train that will take you to Xochimilco Station (the last station).
- And from there you can make the journey to the piers, which can be on foot or by public transport.
Tips to visit the trajineras of Xochimilco
- Plan your times carefully, as the longer tours do not leave after 1:00 pm.
- If you want to save a little, you can bring your own food and drinks.
- Wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun with sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
- Do not deal with people outside the pier and make sure they correspond to the company(We recommend booking your experience here).
- Enjoy the ride, traditional food, good music and natural attractions, all in one place.