World Cultural Heritage
Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Place
Xochimilco, which in Nahuatl means 'Field of Flowers', outstands by a series of rain channels existing since pre-Columbian times, when the Valley of Mexico was full of lakes and lagoons almost entirely.
Today, much of the nature of Xochimilco remains, together with cultural elements of its pre-Hispanic origins, art and colonial culture, the marimba, mariachis, corn, parties, and trajineras, as well as the production of vegetables, ornamentation, and flowers in the chinampas located throughout the entire place. Xochimilco holds an ancestral history, a festival of colors, and a range of traditions.
The colorful, flowery, and highly decorated trajineras are some of the distinctive features of this important place of the Mexican culture, where chinampas crops remain, and farmers move by sailing through the canals while enduring their traditions and celebrations.
Xochimilco is a place to please your palate with an endless variety of flavors and colors; it’s dancing to the sound of Mariachi, it’s the stories and legends, and marveling at its unparalleled beauty.
For its rich history, colonial art, parties, traditions and natural environment, Xochimilco is today one of the most attractive and interesting places to visit in Mexico City.
Because of its cultural contribution to the world, on December 11th, 1987, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.