Chinampas: Living an ancient culture

Ciudad de México, Mexico

Experience hosted by Humedalia

  1. 3.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Spanish

What you'll do

We will sail on canoe through the most conserved channels of Xochimilco wetland. During the tour, we will tell you about the history of the place and its importance to the sustainability of Mexico City. In your way, you will recognize the biological richness like birds, snakes, frogs and plants. We will arrive at a chinampa where you can get your hands dirty experiencing the ancestral technique of cultivation and discovering why it is considered a world heritage. Also, you will get involve in the diary activities in the chinampa like crop irrigation, harvest or seeding. Before going back to land, you will have time to relax and enjoy the peace of the place. This is a cultural tour that helps to promote the community development.
We will sail on canoe through the most conserved channels of Xochimilco wetland. During the tour, we will tell you about the history of the place and its importance to the sustainability of Mexico City. In your way, you will recognize the biological richness like birds, snakes, frogs and plants. We will arrive at a chinampa where you can get your hands dirty experiencing the ancestral technique of cultivation and discovering why it is considered…

What's included

  • Food
    Snacks
  • Transportation
    Rustic Kayak
  • Equipment
    Farming Tools

Meet your Host, Humedalia

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 519 Reviews
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We are a bunch of biologists and farmers that have been working in Xochimilco's wetland for 12 years. Armando and Maya did their posgraduate research at the site, which involved restoration of axolotl populations on natural reserves, while Paco get involved in Humedalia's environmental education program. We all fell in love with wetland cultural and biological charming, from the ancestral chinampas to the beatiful migratory birds, and now we are part of local community because we have our own farm. The team have been working to show the magic of this place to all ages people and nationalities, so they can be embassadors of Xochimilco's conservation efforts all around the world. We are only the face of a big team of local farmers and young researchers that are commited to wetlands conservation.
We are a bunch of biologists and farmers that have been working in Xochimilco's wetland for 12 years. Armando and Maya did their posgraduate research at the site, which involved restoration of axolotl populations on natural reserves, while Paco get involved in Humedalia's environmental education program. We all fell in love with wetland cultural and biological charming, from the ancestral chinampas to the beatiful migratory birds, and now we are part of local community because we have our own fa…
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About the organization: Humedalia, A.C.



Humedalia works to achieve the conservation of wetlands around Mexico. Its work in Xochimilco has been centered on promote the sustainable development through recovery the traditional cultive practicies. They firmly believe that the nature conservation objectives will only be achieved by jointly promoting respect for nature and the history-culture of the communities.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Humedalia, A.C..

Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Antiguo Canal Cuemanco / Club Chicoco
Ciudad de México
Xochimilco wetland is immersed inside Mexico City, you won't believe that you will be just 10 minutes from the stress of civilization. The place is a natural protected area and is the remnant of the Great Mexico Lake, where some aspects of one of the most importants prehispanic cultures still survive.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 519 reviews.

  • Hannah
    January 2022
    I enjoyed this experience more than words can say. I learned so much, and appreciated all of the knowledge and enthusiasm Paco had to offer our group! loved every bit of it. thank you for a cultural and educational experience of Xochimilco!!
  • Ryan
    January 2022
    Excellent way to see Xochimilco off the beaten path! Much better than the more touristy version—this is a quiet, rustic experience with a great host/ guide who really cares about the ecology.
  • Titania
    January 2022
    Paco was a wonderful host, thoughtful and knowledgeable, and taught us so much about the history and natural wonders of the chinampas. The canoe ride was blissful, the farm lovely, and some of our fellow travelers wished out loud that they could string up a hammock and stay all day.
  • Chris
    January 2022
    Such an amazing tour to get away from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City’s streets. Paco spoke clearly and told great stories of how the Chinampas were formed by the Aztecs. Great tour of the farm project they are working on. A nice meal from all the produce from the farm. They also included vegan options as well, but it was all vegetarian. Had a blast and there was some wildlife along the boat ride too.
  • Brittany
    January 2022
    Really enjoyed the peaceful canoe to the chinampas. Pack was a great guide. We had a simple tasty lunch and they can accommodate vegan options

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