Floating Gardens of Mexico City: How the Chinampas in Xochimilco Have Fed the City for 500 Years

Floating Gardens of Mexico City: How the Chinampas in Xochimilco Have Fed the City for 500 Years

An incredible sight, the floating gardens of Mexico City have a history dating back over 3,000 years! These man-made islands grow delicious fruits and vegetables to help feed the fifth largest city in the world. Today, over 90% of the islands are abandoned, threatening to extinguish a critical link to the farming history of Mexico.

We met up with Ricardo, the founder of De la Chinampa, an organization which works with the farmers of the floating town of Xochimilco to supply some of the top restaurants in Mexico City with delicious produce. That help doesn’t end with sales, either. De la Chinampa trains future farmers, restores chinampas, and promotes the techniques of these unique farms. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, the canals and islands were formed by farmers during the Toltec era and later the Aztecs, with the peak of production around 1600AD. With the severe declines over many generations of farming, today less than 10% of the available chinampas are actively used as farmland. De la Chinampa aims to reverse that trend, and we toured one of their active farms to see how farmers grow delicious crops in the middle of a lake.

Our thanks again to Ricardo from delachinampa.mx for providing his time, knowledge and a tour of the chinampas with a delicious meal along the way!

Resources

International Travel Links and Resources:
Safetywing Travel, Political and Health Insurance (What we use ourselves worldwide!)– Prices start at $37/month for coverage with a $250 annual deductible. Pick any doctor outside your home country. Seriously.
Gasoapp iOS and Android– Think “Gasbuddy” style app, but created for Mexican gas stations by the Mexican government. Prices do vary greatly between stations here, and the app is free!
US Department of State Travel Advisories – Worldwide

New (December 2019) Pet Regulations:
You no longer need a pet health certificate to bring cats or dogs into Mexico by car/rv! This does not change any rules required by airlines if you fly into Mexico.
USDA (English) summary of regulations
Mexico (Spanish) to show to anyone who requests a copy of a pet certificate – Hat tip to Qroo.us!

Process your FMM (tourist visa) in advance:
Have Discover Baja do it for you
Apply for FMM yourself

Facebook Groups:
RV Mexico Facebook Group
RVing In Mexico Facebook Group

US Department of State- Mexico Travel Advisory

Guide Books:

The People’s Guide to Mexico

Lonely Planet Mexico

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Howard and Katelyn Newstate have traveled over 80,000 miles in their Winnebago Navion Class C RV, exploring from Alaska to mainland Mexico since 2018. Joined by their adventure pups, Piper, Ella and Scout, they share how to β€œLive Like a Local” in every New State they explore. For more information on their travels or the 51 Parks in 52 Weeks tour, visit NewstateNomads.com/NationalParks

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We helped bring all the alpacas up to the barn for the evening and even got to take some on a walk. Just be careful... they spit! (ask Howard, he knows 🀣)

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If you're short on time, these are our can't miss recommendations:

1. Stroll down Aviles Street, which just so happens to be the oldest street in the Nation! 

2. While you're on this historic side street, pop into @forgottentonic_sta for amazing craft cocktails and delicious food. The blackened chicken egg rolls are *chef's kiss* πŸ‘Œ

3. Take the @flaglercollege Historic Legacy Tour. It's $17 pp and lasts about an hour, but you get access to areas the general public can't go. You'll get to see the largest collection of Tiffany glass and 11 Tiffany chandeliers ✨

4. Step back in time at @castillonps where you can watch a cannon demonstration and learn from the amazing interpretative volunteers. The fort was constructed in the late 1600s 🀯

5. Visit @staugustinedistillery for a tasting & a tour. They have free options or different experiences you can book. It was so fun and we learned a lot about the distilling process!

6. If you're an RVer like us, try to snag a spot at @anastasiastatepark or just visit for the day! Easy beach access and beautiful campsites, what more do you need? 😍

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