Xochimilco, CDMX


Trip to Xochimilco, the furthest south borough of México City. At one time it was a separate city and a pre hispanic city of the Aztecs. Located on the south side of lake Xochimilco, part of Mexico Cities canal system. Today the city still has over a hundred miles of canals,gardens and a museum but the lake has been mostly drained for housing and farms.

The canals are a major tourist attraction for the México City and the country. What remains of them and their ecosystem was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. This has slowed down the rate of destruction but the are dying. Illegal settlements, pollution, and water loss are taking their toll.

The Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum

In the early '60's socialite and art collector, Dorles Olmedo purchased an old hacienda in the south of México City, La Noria. Her friends were all the prominent artist of the time, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Angelina Beloff, and José Juárez. She bought their art received gifts of their art and was subject of some of their paintings. 

She was also fond of pre hispanic art, native Méxican dogs (Xoloitzcuinties) and plants. 

Her house, now a museum, is six buildings filled with almost 7000 works of art. Pre hispanic to modern it is a fantastic collection. It houses more Frida Kahlo works than Frida's house (also a museum). This is one of the best unknown museums in Mexico City. Out of the way but worth the visit.