The Xoximilco park experience. Last weekend, we were invited to a pretty awesome party in the Cancun area. There were colorful boats, mariachi music, games and all the tequila and beer you could drink. If that sounds like one of the best parties imaginable, that’s because it is.
The same people who run big Riviera Maya parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha have now opened their newest attraction: Xoximilco. This park is designed after the famous Xochimilco area of Mexico City, known for its colorful “trajinera” boats that you can rent out for a ride on the canals. The new Xoximilco lies just 5 minutes south of Cancun International Airport and offers beautifully designed trajineras for a fun joy ride through the canals of the Riviera Maya.
On our tour, we had 20 people on our trajinera, where we got to spend 3 hours touring the canals, playing traditional Mexican games, floating by mariachi boats and, of course, feasting on classic Mexican dishes dating back to pre-Hispanic times.
The Xoximilco tour includes endless tequila, beer, soda and Mexican aguas frescas, which makes for a crazy atmosphere when you’re on a trajinera with 20 of your closest friends! (Or complete strangers.) While we probably wouldn’t recommend this tour for kids or for couples, it’s the perfect place to cut loose with your amigos and experience Mexican traditions under a starlit sky.
If you’re wondering about the environmental impact of such a big park in the Cancun area, the land where Xoximilco is located was once a quarry and already largely cleared out in certain areas. Any effect on the environment while creating Xoximilco has been minimal. Now, the park is implementing a reforestation program with more than 100,000 native plant species to repair the damage done by the old quarry.