The Canals Of Mexico

November 26, 2014
Michael Ryan
Boats at Xochimilco

Boats at Xochimilco

A visit to the canals of Xochimilco is an absolute must for any trip taken to Mexico City.  This city dates back 500 years when it was the agricultural center of Tenochtitlan.  A weekend visit to this beautiful, scenic and unique spot will want you returning again and again.  However, you should ensure that you are not wearing high heels, but comfortable shoes and sunscreen when you make use of the typical Xochimilco boat.

There are always many vendors travelling in smaller canoes that offer drink, food and souvenirs for sale.  If you want the full effect of this region, you can rent a floating mariachi band and sing along with them as you travel through the canals.

According to historians, Xochimilco was first recognized as a tourist attraction during the 1920s, when guidebooks in Europe described the area as the ‘Venice of Mexico’.  Xochimilco was finally declared a Cultural Heritage Site during 1987.

If you decide to go on one of these canal rides, there will usually be beer and soft drinks available on the boat, which you pay for once you have completed the ride.  There are often vendors standing on the shore at certain points, selling candy, ice cream, drinks and meals to people in the boats that pass by.

Once you have taken a ride down the canal, you can enjoy one of the exotic Mexican meals at the restaurants that are nearby.  Deep down in the canals, there is a small island that comes with a dark and strange history, called La Isla de las Munecas.  The story linked to this island is about a man, Don Julian Santana, who left his wife and child to move to an island in the canals.  There are stories which state that a young girl drowned in the lake and others that say he simply imagined this.  Don Santana gave up his life to honor the young girl who had drowned by collecting and hanging up several decapitated, decomposing dolls.  Eventually, this resulted in the entire island being transformed into some bizarre, land with an infestation of dolls.  Don Julian Santana was found drowned during 2001, in the same part of the canal where he believed the young girl had died.

Mexican Insurance

Do Not Forget Your Mexican Insurance Policy

If you wish to visit this special part of Mexico, and you are going to use road travel to reach it, you should purchase Mexican auto insurance well in advance for the duration of your trip.  You can choose to buy daily insurance or you can buy for longer periods.  If you make regular trips to Mexico, it is advisable to purchase long-term insurance policies.  You can buy Mexican auto insurance online or at the border post but it is much more expensive to buy it at the border. You can purchase your Mexican auto insurance policy at this URL. The costs of policies at the border posts are normally higher than online and you will not be offered the same range of add-ons as you would receive online.

It is recommended that you carefully consider the add-ons that are available, such as legal assistance, medical assistance and bail bond assistance.  You should also make a decision as to whether you wish to purchase liability only or full coverage.  Liability only will only cover the costs of third parties and not your personal costs.

Traveling to this special area will be an exciting and memorable event.

13 Comments. Leave new

I have purchased my vehicle insurance before entering Mexico. This really works with me. While I don’t want to face accident on the road, I make sure I have something to take care of me and my needs. One of these is my Mexican auto insurance! Thanks I have it.

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Nicki Gaskins
December 1, 2014 5:49 pm

One thing I learned while driving is this: accident comes no matter how good you are at driving or how careful you are on the road. I’ve been very careful in my driving and still met an accident. My worries were gone because of the good help provided to me by Mexican Insurance Store.

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My family is planning for a quick getaway to Mexico. I know I should buy first my car insurance. In case the unexpected happens, I can get the claims that I need. It’s great I have considered buying a policy from Mexican Insurance Store.

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Abbey Boothe
March 22, 2015 6:12 pm

Rosarito is always a home away from home for me. Living in San Diego, I can afford to visit Rosarito at least twice a month. My annual Mexican insurance policy has been the most convenient for my frequent trips across the border.

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Tequila Maland
February 23, 2017 5:21 pm

To be ready all the time, print out your Mexico insurance policy. Take it with you every time you travel by car in Mexico.

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Scott Harden
July 5, 2017 6:04 pm

Prior to accessing the massive flea market in Mexico, limits on buying must have been set to avoid overspending. So spend wisely!

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Vernita Cantrell
August 6, 2017 5:52 pm

Mexico driving continues to grow in popularity. Your motorcycle, RV or car be can used to visit popular places. But avoid having problems by driving with Mexican insurance.

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Mellissa Bozarth
August 24, 2017 5:47 pm

As much as possible, don’t drive when you’re sleepy. It’s unpredictably risky and dangerous. Even your Mexican insurance cannot save your life when a sudden accident happens.

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Mexican insurance store policies allow any driver 21 or over with a valid drivers license to drive. So its OK to trade off driving when you are tired.

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Alysha Hatten
October 5, 2017 5:54 pm

August through December are the months where turtles lay eggs on land runs. Enjoy this ecological difference by visiting Mexico.

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Nickie Stroop
August 10, 2018 6:38 pm

Mexico City is a busy city, so have a well-planned trip schedule. Along with it, include good Mexican insurance. It’s every driver’s safe companion.

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Monserrate Dahl
December 12, 2018 6:43 pm

One big reason why more tourists visit Mexico? Mexicans are polite and warm people by nature – You can find new friends and acquaintances each day! That’s amazing…

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Water is important while traveling. Many times, you tend to drink unclean water if you just buy it anywhere. Bring bottled water so you know it’s clean and safe to drink.

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