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Xochimilco

Xochimilco has long been a major draw for international visitors. Canal rides through acres and acres of flower gardens are hard to say no to. But Xochimilco is also an ancient community, and one proud to have never been quite completely subjugated to the dominant Mexica (Aztec) empire.

The alcaldia is made up of 18 “barrios” and 14 “pueblos.” What was once an extensive lake and canal system connecting nearly all of the Valley of Mexico is today a series of chinampas, floating or semi-floating artificial islands.

And even if you're not in the market for plants, the nurseries, greenhouses, and garden shops will give you a good idea of just how verdant Xochimilco is, even today.

Barrio del Rosario Nepantlatlaca, Xochimilco

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Barrio San Marcos Tlaltepetlalpan, Xochimilco

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Barrio Xaltocan, Xochimilco

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Barrio Santa Crucita Analco, Xochimilco

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Barrio San Cristóbal Xallan, Xochimilco

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Barrio San Esteban Tecpanpan, Xochimilco

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Barrio San Diego Tlalcozpan, Xochimilco

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Barrio San Lorenzo Tlaltecpan, Xochimilco

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Pueblo San Lorenzo Atemoaya, Xochimilco

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Bosque de Nativitas

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Cathedral of San Bernardino de Siena, Xochimilco

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Barrio San Antonio Molotla, Xochimilco

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Chapel of the Third Order, Xochimilco

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Santa María Nativitas de Zacapan

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Cuemanco Plant and Flower Market

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Embarcadero Zacapa

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Embarcadero Las Flores Nativitas

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Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas

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Embarcadero Caltongo

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Xochimilco Ecological Park & Boat Launch

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The Sierra de Santa Catarina Volcano Chain

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Dolores Olmedo Museum

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Cuahilama Archaeological & Ceremonial Site, Xochimilco

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Regional Central Library Quetzalcóatl

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