The Xochimilco Historic Center consists of no fewer than 17 ancient and fascinating neighborhoods. If you've ridden the canals, you've no doubt caught a glimpse of at least some of them.
These 17 neighborhoods are recognized by the City and Federal governments for having preceded the colonial period. The Barrios Originarios also maintain today something of their original culture, heritage, and way of life.
The listings below are intended to make it easier to visit and an introduction to a long, intertwined, and compelling history. Each barrio surrounds, or at least plays host to, a historic Catholic chapel. Many of these were built on top of, or on the site of, an even older indigenous ceremonial site.
Perhaps, best of all, because the Xochimilco Historic Center is so old, everything's within easy walking distance.