Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market: Tours & Tickets
What people are saying about Xochimilco Ecological Park and Plant Market
There are other, cheaper options available on this site, but they will involve larger groups whereas this one is with a minibus that seats about 12 people. The tour was done both in Spanish and English by Ynez, who is so friendly and fun. As the group is smaller, they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel which is very convenient. We started our tour by making a stop at the Aztec Football Stadium. Then we went on to Xochimilco where we enjoyed a tranquil morning boat ride followed by some free time to wonder around the square. We then made our way to Coyoacan, with a quick stop at UNAM. In Coyoacan we visited the local church and then made our way to the market where we got free time to find a place for lunch (not incl.). Afterwards, we met up as a group again and walked to the Frida Kahlo Museum where luckily we did not have to wait in line as they pre-buy the group tickets. We got an hour of free time to explore to museum, which was plenty, before heading back to the hotels.
My friend and I had such a fun time on this tour! Our scheduled pick up time was 8am, but by the time the guides picked us up from our hotel it was 8:30am. We were the first ones picked up and it took until 9:30am to pick up all the other passengers from the other hotels. Our first stop was a lovely flea market where I picked up a few souvenirs. Next stop was the 1968 Mexico City Stadium where we stopped for a few minutes to take photos. Closer to lunch time we boarded the boat - keep in mind, it is not a 5 hour boat ride - you'll only be on the boat for 1.5-2 hours. Lunch is not included, but you can purchase quesadillas and drinks on the boat (trajineras). Lunch is 200 pesos. There is both meat and veggie options. It is a fun, relaxing afternoon. You'll see plenty of colorful boats pass by. The last part of the tour is Frida Khalo Casa Azul. The guides will drop you off there for you to tour on your own and then leave at your own time.
The sites that were visited were excellent, but the overall trip was not satisfactory as it seemed that the guide was in a big hurry to finish the tour. The tickets indicated a duration of 8 hours for the entire tour, and we got at most 6 hours worth. And that’s including the heavy traffic. We did not get any time to eat lunch, and we were limited to an hour at Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul, So did not get to truly enjoy the site. In addition we were limited to half an hour in the square, and did not have time to really enjoy Coyoacan. We did not get our money’s worth!! I’m addition, a member of our group took ill the night before, so we didn’t have time to cancel the trip for her. I was told that even in extreme circumstances no refunds were allowed.
Iniciamos o passeio um pouco atrasados, pq uma pessoa havia se atrasado. A viagem até Xochimilco é um pouco longa, bom para dormir. O passeio lá é bem bonito, as vezes fica agitado com os mariachis passando mas depois fica tranquilo de novo, assim por diante. De lá fomos para Coyacan. Tivemos um curtíssima passagem pelo zocalo e fomos almoçar no mercado. Almoço foi ok. De lá fomos para o museu da Frida, que tb tivemos pouco tempo para visitar (50min). De lá voltamos direto para CDmX. Fiquei com a sensação de que vi pouco de Coyoacan.
We were a small group of 5 so very easy to hear Paloma our lovely guide. She was a local and very knowledgeable and managed to switch between English and Spanish for all the participants. We went on a Sunday when the traffic wasn’t too bad and it was great to see the locals enjoying themselves. The tour included tickets to the Frida Kahlo museum which skipped the queue!