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Mitzi Mitzi | 18:22 UK time, Saturday, 15 May 2010

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).


  • Comment number 1.

    Ola Mitzi
    Thanks for remind me this fantastic place. But something is missing...As I remember the mariachis look at least one of them had a huge sombrero on his head and a black moustache on his face.A mariachi without a sombrero is like Tequila without a slice of lime.What do you think?
    Adios Danny

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Mitzi , The colorful boats are really interesting and spending some hours on it will really recharge my batteris ;-)And thank you for the inf about mariachis .
    see you around
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 3.

    Don't like me your blog.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Danny, You're right.I'm going to try to send you a picture from mariachi with his huge sombreo...:)

  • Comment number 5.

    hello! this message is from thailand. but i'm korean!
    anyway it's really beautiful boat! i'd love to visit oneday1!!

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Mitzi, I am from Mexico, and I read your blog, so only I say to tank you for remember that beutiful is Mexico, and all the coments of the people about your blog enrich the view of the contry that you write.

    Best wishes and congratulations for your blog

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Mitzi, I'm from México too and your blog it's very interesting. Good pictures of Xochimilco, I hope talk us more about the Mexican food! yomi yomi! and places like The Mayan Route, congratulations!

    Sincerely Yours

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Mitzi,
    I'm an Italian woman! I send you very compliments for your blog. I like hearing about beautiful cities on the world. When you describe people and places of Xochiilco I dream to stay there.
    As soon as possible I'll book a trip in your country. Now I don't know when and where but I think it'll be.
    Best wishes and congratulations.
    Mary Gee

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Mitzi,
    how are you? It was very nice for me too reading about mariachi music (although I prefer Juana Molina of all Mexican's singers) and trajineras which are quite unusual surprise for everyday routine. Trajineras' practic of the trip on the water squarely looks like as in Venice, I suppose :)
    I know also a popular song in Russian language about another well-known wonderful place in Mexico named Acapulco. Have you been in Acapulco?
    And if you have some pictures of Mexico City wide-format views from some high-rise building, please show me your City too, I adore the contemporary architectural art of biggest Cities and now I realized that I've never seen Mexico City even in photos. In Russian Mexico City pronounce like Mehico. How much the Russian-speaking tourists in Mexico usually?
    I'm looking forward to reading your next posts.
    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 10.

    I'm brazilian and I like the mexicans soap operas, and I remember one called "la madrasta", I think in english it is "the stepmother", and many scenes were recorded in this famous trajineras, hahaha. I'm studying spanish and hope to go to Mexico a day.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hello everyone My name is Weslley i´m from Brazil, I liked very much of this blog i´d like to divide my knowlegde with all yours mainly my english, i intend improve it, and I hope can make many friends too.


  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Mitzi,

    I am from china and I love your photos.
    That is very kind of you to share the colorful boats.
    I hope cam make friends with you.


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