Tag: Mexico City

The Xochimilco Chinampas: Floating Farms in Mexico City

| March 20, 2012 | 10 Comments

In a previous article, I wrote about Xochimilco and the chinampa system that was developed by the civilizations living around the lakes in the Anahuac Valley, where modern Mexico City sits now. This system consisted on creating floating islands for agriculture using mud from the bottom of the lake and decaying vegetation. The system is […]

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Xochimilco: ‘Flower Field’ in Nahuatl

| July 14, 2011 | 2 Comments

Xochimilco means flower field in Nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztecs. This region has always been important not only for its flower production, but also for the crops grown here that have been destined to Mexico City since pre-Hispanic times. The Xochimilcas were farmers and founded their first dominion under a leader named Acatonallo, […]

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| June 9, 2011 | 10 Comments

Mexico City is an amazing place to visit. There are so many things to do and places to see that one can spend years here and not see them all. I was born and raised here, but I moved to the US in 2000. In 2004, I came back for a little while with my […]

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A Country of Markets

| March 31, 2011 | 15 Comments

Jorge Luis Borges wrote that the best way to know Mexico was through its markets. Although this can be said for most countries, in the case of Mexico, this is especially true. ┬áMarkets in Mexico remain essentially unchanged since pre-Hispanic times. A good example of this is the tianguis. Tianguis (from the word tianquiztli in […]

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