Sunday, 20 June 2010

Xochimilco, Mexico

This card is also from Cipa. It shows Xochimilco, one of the sixteen boroughs within Mexican Federal District. It is located within Mexico City, 28 kilometres south of the city center. It is also a Unesco site.

The name 'Xochimilco' comes from the Nahualt (native Mexican language in Aztec times) words: 'xochitl' ('flower'), 'mil' ('field'), 'co' ('place'), so the meaning is 'Place of Flower Field'.

Xochimilco is famous for its canals, and its colourful boats called "Trajineras" which are decorated with flowers. This place is a very touristic attraction, you can hire a trajineara and navigate by the canals, around canals you will find stands which sell flowers and plants.

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