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Xochimilco Island of the Dolls Kayak River Tour

Visit Xochimilco and explore the spooky Island of the Dolls as well as the famous museum of Frida Kahlo on this kayaking canal day tour.

USD $110.00USD $130.00

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Xochimilco Island of the Dolls Kayak River Tour

On this Xochimilco Island of the Dolls tour, you will board kayaks to navigate the canals to the south of Mexico City. These waters are home to an island with hundreds of dolls and an incredible story. Your local guide will tell you all about the history of the island. You’ll also get to enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch and visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo. Join us for an amazing cultural learning experience!


  • Kayak on the famous Xochimilco River to the Island of the Dolls just south of Mexico City
  • Enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch
  • Visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Dolores Olmedo in Coyoacan

Tour Information

Duration: Full day
Start and end location: Mexico City
Availability: Year-round


Your first stop on this trip is the famous lake of Xochimilco. The Xochimilco Island of the Dolls has attracted thousands of travelers.

Legend has it that the caretaker of the island was unable to save a girl from drowning and hung up her toy doll in a tree to protect her spirit after she died. Some time later, her ghost returned to haunt him, and he continued hanging dolls up in the trees out of respect. Finally, it is said he realized that the dolls themselves seemed to be inhabited by the spirits of the dead. He continued hanging dolls up on the island for over 50 years. One day, the caretaker himself drowned and supposedly joined the other spirits of the island.

Your local guide will take you towards the small canal of Cuemanco, where you will board kayaks to see the famous Xochimilco Island of the Dolls as well as the surrounding flora and fauna. Afterwards, you will stop in Coyoacan and have a traditional Mexican lunch.

After that, you will return to your kayak and head towards the Dolores Olmedo museum. To end the trip, you will return to Coyoacan and visit the famous museum of Frida Kahlo. Finally, your tour guide will take you back to the hotel.

What’s Included

  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide
  • Transportation to and from your hotel
  • Traditional Mexican lunch
  • Entrance tickets to all stops during the tour

What’s Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Tips for your tour guide
  • Personal costs

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes and clothes


Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico 19.432608, -99.133208

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