Xochimilco, which in náhuatl means “Field of flowers”, is defined by a series of water canals that existed since pre-Hispanic times when lakes and lagoons made up almost the entire Valley of Mexico and disappeared with the passing of time.
TThe main activity in those canals, surrounded by flowers and chinampas (floating gardens), was agriculture, and the produce was transported in trajineras to the main markets in the city. Chinampas go back all the way to pre- Hispanic times and are a clear example of the agricultural development the Mexicas had reached, a very ingenious system of artificial gardens created in the lakes made with layers of trunks, mud, roots and soil which can still be seen today in the south of Mexico City.
Due to their beauty and incredible landscapes, Xochimilco´s canals became increasingly popular, and with time the trajineras went through several transformations to please visitors: they were decorated with flower arches and a roof was added as well as a table with chairs to enjoy the view comfortably. Later on, names were included to celebrate a certain important date or simply to please the person who would be coming on board. Thus, Xochimilco turned into a place of festivities, filled with music, color, tradition, cuisine and culture.
Xochimilco, is one of the main tourist attractions in Mexico and has been declared a Cultural Heritage for Humanity by the UNESCO, which together with its floating gardens and trajineras is a window through which the world sees Mexico City, a model of national identity, a grand display of culture and tradition.
Xoximilco emerges in Cancun as a tribute to the beauty and grandeur of this member of the Cultural Heritage for Humanity list; where you will be able to experience the traditions of central Mexico in a Caribbean Paradise. Under a star-filled sky and with tropical weather, on board a picturesque trajinera decorated with the elements from each state, you will travel through time in a true Mexican fiesta with live music, gastronomy, flowers and in the best company.