Xochimilco

Xochimilco, the Venice of Mexico City, is a place to go listen to mariachis belting out traditional songs, drink lots of beer and generally have fun whilst floating around the canals on some very unsafe looking gondolas being punted along by your ‘host’. I’m not a big fan, to be honest. It’s not the place for a tea totaler to be. But it’s ok. It was the birthday of a fellow Brit, and she was very much in the mood for a drink. And a dance, as demonstrated in the final part of the video.

We were worried that she had drunk a little too much at one stage, but she insisted that her head was hanging over the side of the boat in the hope of seeing a Axolotl, a rare, slightly bizarre looking and now critically endangered salamander that is native to Xochilco.  Enjoy the video which will give you an idea of what goes on if you haven’t visited before. And then there’s a few photos too…

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  • I remember being really awed by Xochimilco when I was there, such a pretty place. But then I was about the age of the girls in your picture, and easily awed. I do remember that under the floating flower petals the water was filthy and hoping I wouldn’t end up in it.

  • I love this part: …”she insisted that her head was hanging over the side of the boat in the hope of seeing a Axolotl, a rare, slightly bizarre looking and now critically endangered salamander that is native to Xochilco.” Funny.

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