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Xochimilco Xochimilco, one of the 16 Federal District, the third in land area, is located 30 kilometers south of the zocalo, is temperate and is located at an altitude of 2274 meters above sea level. It is now one of the most visited of Mexico City by the national and international tourism.

Its name comes from the Nahuatl xochitl, flower, milli, cultivated field, and co, location: "In place of the sowing florida" or calpulis form 17 districts with its chapels around the central plaza.

The northern part of the delegation for the glass of the ancient Lake Xochimilco, where traditionally grown vegetables, vegetables and flowers. It has long been the tourist center, but the advance of urban sprawl, the channels have been blinding, the chinampas are increasingly being invaded and colonial plaza has become a parking lot, suffering from the depredations of ahuejotes, endemic tree, the lakes of Mexico. It's still a place worth visiting.

The Xochimilco, one of the seven Nahuatl tribes, to 900, were the first to reach the Basin of Mexico, Xochimilco founded in 919, in the fifteenth century were submitted by Nezahualcoyotl and in 1430, under the Aztec rule, reduced their area of \u200b\u200binfluence to shore Lake Xochimilco.

At the start of the English conquest of Tenochtitlan, Xochimilco was among the first to move to the English and where around 1524 the first Franciscan friars arrived to evangelize the natives between 1534 and 1579 was constructed a Franciscan convent currently associated with the cathedral of Xochimilco, dedicated to San Bernardino of Siena, with an altarpiece depicting the passage of the Franciscan order in that place, considered as a work of great artistic and iconographic.

Convent and Parish of San Bernardino of Siena, located in the center of Xochimilco, whose construction was financed mainly by Indian leaders, to be the benchmark of thirteen villages to visit. Both the temple and in the convent there are paintings, sculptures and carvings of high quality work of great artists. Another attraction is the market Xochitl, which is the most important supply center in the area.

tourism constitutes its identity, is the ancient system of floating island (floating gardens), which has made known to Xochimilco in the world, among them are the channels where you can sail aboard quietly trajineras calls or boats that are often adorned with flowers embedded, forming letters of female names that adorn the front, in the punt on the way into the channels, you can enjoy traditional food, sold around the piers.

In 1987 Xochimilco was declared by UNESCO (United Nations Organization for Education) Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as well as having important archaeological sites, and colonial, urban and rural reminiscent well defined.

An important date to visit Xochimilco is the month of April in which it is carried out the competition "The most beautiful flower of Ejido" which is elected from local women most attractive of the various peoples of the region.
Visit Xochimilco area, it was declared a cultural heritage of humanity, is to travel through time, due to its high cultural value and their unique natural features, enjoying a relaxing ride, full of smells and colors, using trajineras or launches, allowing you to have the famous floating gardens and going through their channels.

Lake Xochimilco, the last Great Lake Basin of Mexico, was connected with two other lakes (Texcoco and Chalco) is currently limited to channels that are fed with treated water from the hill of the Star, Xochimilco has a network of 176 kilometers of navigable waterways protected, of which about 14 are visited by tourists and can be covered in the local boats decorated with flowers of rare beauty.

channels, famous throughout the world because they are lined with flowers or vegetables, dating from the time of the Aztecs, were born in the lake area, once formed the floating gardens were used as transit routes and sell flowers and vegetables.

Some channels are extended to distances of two thousand meters, now the main ones are those used by his majesty, for the "walk" Sunday or holiday.

The most common trip today, known to most of the public, is the channel between piers Coltongo and traditional center of all the Nativitas, starting with either extreme.

In the 21st century and the urban sprawl of Mexico City Xochimilco survive, where trajineras furrow and may get flowers, drinks, food and traditional music of mariachi, norteƱa or marimba. Curiosity

to 1938, which closes the channel of the beam, there was water communication with steamboats introduced in 1850, from Xochimilco and Mexico City.


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