XOCHIMILCO- Trajineras- mariachis
I want to share, another attractive place, "Xochimilco".
It's locate in the South of Mexico City, it's very attractive for tourist, here you can find beautiful scenic sites, like market of flowers, trajineras, typical food, museums and churches.
Xochiilco has 9 lakes for enjoy and navigate in his famous trajineras. Trajinera it's like a small boat. In the past the use was to transport the crops farmers, and rich people who started visit the lake.
The first trajineras was decorated with floral arches, garlands of flowers placed in front. In that time the rich people complained about the sun, and they adapted a roof and chairs to enjoy the beautiful landsacape. Every trajiera have a name,(Maria, Lupita, Juanita...) this names was put rich people to celebrate someone with that's names or adorn the name of one of his girlfriends.
Xochimilco in that time was named "Lugar de Jardines Flotantes" - Stead of floating gardens, for his variety of colorful flowers.
Today trajinera was suffered some transformations for example, the flowers in the front are paint in paper mache and the roof is made of laminated.
Mexicans or turist people go to Xochimilco to take a ride, maybe for celebrate and special day or only to have fun with friends or family, if you go with many people and not fit in a single trajinera the drivers join one more. This little trip takes 2 or more hours, you can bring food, drinks, music, or you can buy these services along the way.
In the way you can find food like quesadillas and music our typical mariachis.
Mariachis is a genre of music that originated in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, as an ensemble created during the colonial period, mariachi music has become emblematic of Mexican music.
The mariachi ensemble generally consists of violins, trumpets, an acoustic guitar, the group conformed by 7 to 12 persons. They dress in silver studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats.
The costume to hire mariachis it's for celebrate special events, like mothers days, used to serenade women, weddings, etc. The musical forms are rancheras, ballads, some of the famous authors and interpreters of these songs are José Alfredo Jiménez, Rubén Fuentes, Pedro Infante...
Many mariachis are professional entertainers, today we have famous singers of this genre such as Vicente Ferández, Alejandro Fernández, Pepe Aguilar an many others.
But you don't only find mariachis in Xochimilco, can be found in different places at night. In Mexico City, you can find a lot of mariachis in Plaza Garibaldi, locate in the downtown the prices to hire can vary immensely and are normally not cheap, but it's the best you can hire.
For finish I can't forget to say our typical yell "grito mexicano"
-"AY YA YAY YA"...(introduce the song, done by musicians or audience).