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Xochimilco

17 May, 2009

Xochimilco – The Romantic Getaway of Mexico City

Xochimilco

Xochimilco is a borough in Mexico City, one of the sixteen which compound the Federal District of Mexico. It is situated almost 30 kilometres away from the city centre and is supposed to be the third bigger borough in the region, covering an area of 125 sq meters.

The borough boasts a long and impressive history. It used to be the home of the homonym lake from which it took its name. The area keeps until today all the cultural and religious traditions and keeps it rural character, despite the close proximity to the main urban centre of Mexico.

Xochimilco is mostly known among the foreigners due to the impressive network of canals that make it a very scenic destination; visitors who travel to this area aspire lovely and romantic weekends, away from the bustling city life. Indeed, although the area is touristic, it hasn’t lost its authentic style. The area was featured in many American and Latin American movies, adding to its reputation as a romantic destination. The name of the area is derived from a local dialect and stands for the flower fields.In 1987 the area was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The main character of Xochimilko is until today agriculture, although it is significantly reduced. It became part of Mexico soon after the end of the Revolution and today commerce and trading are becoming increasingly more important for the area. Especially after the inauguration of the railroad that connects the State of Mexico with this town, commerce became one of the top priorities for the locals.

The Canals of the Xochimilco area are among the major tourist attractions in the region, although their banks are almost completely covered by houses and wooden docks. Tourists and visitors have the chance to rent boats and enjoy a relaxing cruise along the canals, while local musicians add to the folklore character of the area.

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