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  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Xoximilco Cruise: Cultural Mexican Fiesta in Cancun

Take your Mexican fiesta on board a decorative floating barge for a 5-hour evening cruise in Xoximilco — a Cancun attraction modeled after the pre-Columbian Aztec region of Xochimilco. Ride a flat-bottomed boat called a ‘trajinera’ through the canals and enjoy a tasting menu of typical cuisine, including beer and tequila, along with traditional Mexican music. Numbers are limited to 20 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.


  • 5-hour Xoximilco dinner cruise from Cancun
  • Board a festive trajinera with an informative local guide
  • Explore the canals of Xoximilco, a modern replica of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city
  • Taste typical Mexican dishes served on board with tequila, beer and fruit-flavored water
  • Enjoy traditional live music like mariachi and marimba
  • Complimentary pickup and drop-off from selected hotels
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Xoximilco Cruise: Cultural Mexican Fiesta in Cancun

Xoximilco: Cutural Dinner Cruise in Cancun

After hotel pickup in Cancun, drive to the nearby attraction of Xoximilco — a tribute to the beauty and grandeur of the original canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco in central Mexico.

Hop aboard a picturesque trajinera and float past other colorful flat-bottomed barges, traversing a network of canals with your guide by night. Decorated with motifs from the 32 states of Mexico, these famous boats are replicas of those once used for transporting flowers, fruit and vegetables grown in the Aztec city’s floating gardens.

Enjoy the festive ambiance on board as you celebrate a Mexican-style fiesta with traditional live music and more than 20 gastronomic delights. Your evening cruise includes delicious Mexican cuisine, such as tamales, chicken with mole sauce, and corn flan for dessert — plus tequila, beer, soda and fruit drinks. (See sample menu in Itinerary below.)

Observe canoe-like boats called chalupas approach the barge with food. These charming vessels also bring along musicians to liven up the mood as various ensembles play traditional tunes. You’ll be enchanted by the mariachi, bolero trio, jarocho quartet and marimba bands that entertain your small group.

Your guide will host your celebration and narrate the legends of Mexico as you coast along, then return you to Cancun with drop-off at your selected hotel.


Sample Menu

  • Squash blossom, huitlacoche, annatto seed, Mayan pumpkin seed and/or guacamole dip with chips

First Course
  • Tamales
  • Corn on a cup and pear squash
  • Oaxaca cheese ball
  • Baby crickets
  • Fried silversides
  • Cactus salad

Second Course
  • Steamed fish with wormseed
  • Pork in green salsa (on corn leaf)
  • Chicken in mole sauce
  • Beef roll with corn sauce and cotija cheese (on a banana leaf)
  • Shrimp with tamarind sauce
  • Barbecued mutton

  • Corn flan
  • Milk caramel
  • Coconut sweet
  • Pine nut milk fudge
  • Amaranth sweet
  • Wafers
  • Oaxaca milled chocolate

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great nighttime experience in Cancun. It was fun to meet other people and the food was delicious as well!

Mark F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We had a great time! Raul was great at getting everyone involved. The music was great, food was interesting and tasty and we had no complaints.

Mark and Doris


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

The tour was excellent! Jesus was wonderful on the bus very personable. The event was great fun. Our guide on the boat, Jordan, absolutely made the evening with his enthusiasm and sense of humor! I do think the food could have been better.

brandt44 USA

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

It's a fun evening, listening to Mexican music and eating Mexican food. Mucho cerveza and tequila
We got to sing, dance, and sway to the music. The employees are very amiable.

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