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Trajineras line up in the floating gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City - Photo by Andrew Harper

The Canals of Xochimilco

July 2017 Hideaway Report | By Andrew Harper

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One of the most pleasant memories of our trip was an afternoon spent exploring the canals in the outlying borough of Xochimilco on a traditional 30-foot-long trajinera, a type of colorful gondola. Using a long, wooden pole, our boatman propelled our craft along the calm waterways past verdant chinampas (floating gardens). This network of artificially made islands bordered by well-stocked nurseries was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Our rainbow-colored trajinera was equipped with a bright red-and-white wood banquet table and 12 slightly rickety turquoise-painted rush-seat chairs.

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