While in Mexico City we partook of a venerable pleasure activity enjoyed by tourists and Mexico City residents alike -- taking a ride along the canals of Xochimilco. This is a borough of the city which was once separate, when established in the pre-hispanic past. Xochimilco is best known for its canals, which are left from what was an extensive lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico. These canals, along with artificial islands called chinampas, attract tourists and other city residents to ride on colorful gondola-like boats called “trajineras” around the 170 km (110 mi) of canals.source
The ride starts off quite tranquilly, but for those of you bored by the bucolic -- stick around. Quite soon we encountered the Mexican spirit of fun and celebration in full swing. Wait until you see Kerouac's video!
The walk to the embarcadero where the boats are to be found gave us some insight into the residents' love of color. This was great, as it was a cool, overcast day ~
Who doesn't love a frisky puppy?!
And there they are, in living color and in varying states of canal-worthiness ~
As always in Mexico, where there are people, there will be food ~
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2019 16:25:43 GMT by bixaorellana: Changed title to insert "Mexico City" on the assumption that everyone does not recognize the DF initials.
Bixaorellana is off to an absolutely fantastic start as usual, but I am going to have to back up to get into this thread properly. After all, Bixa is practically a local and takes the sights in stride while my eyes are still popping out every step of the way. We had to take a metro line to the end and then take a light rail system that started from there to the end of the line again. So I saw a great many fascinating things as we went along the way. Both the metro and the light rail line were almost entirely above ground, which made looking at things easier.
It was morning rush hour but since we were headed out of the city rather than in, it was not too bad.
The light rail system had plenty of users as well, but it was quite pleasant.
And then we arrived in Xochimilco. Here is the terminus.
It is very touristy, so there were hawkers trying to suck us in immediately, even trying to convince us to take a taxi instead of the short walk to the dock.
The way to the embarcadero was clearly marked, but we saw many things along the way.
And then we reached the embarcadero. (It must be admitted that there were several alternate ones in town, but we preferred to go to the main one.)
Love your additions! I'm so glad you went back to the start of the trek there, too, as this makes this thread more useful for other travelers who'd like to visit Xochimilco. It's appropriate that you provided that information, anyway, as you & Htmb are far more confident about unfamiliar public transportation than I.
Fascinating to see that we got some of the same shots, but you found many pictures that are completely different. For anyone who is curious, Htmb sat in the bow and Kerouac and I sat on either side of the narrow table in the middle of the boat, he on the starboard side and I on port.
Pee ess: because of simul-posting, I didn't see the video, but am enjoying the hell out of it right now.
Thanks, Fumobici. A friend, on hearing we'd be in Mexico City, urged me to take the boat ride in Xochimilco, something I'd have otherwise resisted. He was right, though -- it's fun and even educational. I'm going to post the rest of my boat ride pictures, then let my fellow passengers catch up before this thread moves on to the market in Xochimilco.
Our boatman let us off at this plant nursery so we could stretch our legs and use the facilities. He told us to be sure to check out the Virgin of Guadalupe. She's the one on the left ~
Early in the cruise, our captain explained how the chinampas are formed, then kept on the lookout for some in the process of construction. Piles of sticks or leafy branches are piled up, then muck dredged from the canal bottom is spread on top. This process is repeated like making lasagna and eventually creates a rich bed for growing that can be fed with more muck. The next four pictures show the work in progress: first, the initial step of piling branches between the fence and the rock seawall, then views of branches and muck in various stages ~
And that's bye-bye blackbird for me for a little while until it's time to post about the market and exit from Xochimilco ~
So much fun to see what the other two people caught that I missed. Kerouac, I love your pictures of the nursery and Htmb, am wowed by your photo of the frisky puppies. I'm quite jealous of the one of the red-headed ducks(?) in the parrot feather weed.
Last Edit: Nov 12, 2016 17:48:51 GMT by bixaorellana: didn't proofread