Originally we were supposed to go to a company dinner on Saturday night, but we were invited by two other couples also on the trip to go on a dinner cruise. At first mom and dad weren’t sure about it until mom found out what it was, and she was excited to try it. She’d seen a piece that Samantha Brown had done on “Passport to Latin America” about these cruises and thought it would be fun.
The cruise is called Xoximilco–which is pronounced “sho-shi-mil-co”. The original cruises are in Mexico City and done on the canals there. The boats are highly decorated and each boat has a different purpose: food, music, selling items, etc. Someone decided that since they were so popular in Mexico City that something similar might be popular on the coast, attracting visitors from Cancun and Riviera Maya, so they built an entire complex. At this time of year they only offer nighttime cruises, but it’s a whole evening of entertainment, from start to finish it takes over 3 hours!
When you arrive, the boats are being docked and all of the guests are being divided into groups. Each boat holds about 18 people (I think) and in the middle of the boat, there is a big table with chairs all around it. Our guide Luis told us all about the boats and how they are made very similar to the gondola’s used in Venice Italy.
When everyone sits down, they each have a packet of tortilla chips and pork rinds. There are several plates on the table with different dips in them–guacamole (which was yummy), a dip made from pumpkin seeds and a couple of others that I can’t remember. Most of them were okay, but the guacamole was the best. Oh, and those things in the middle…
Crickets!!!!!!! Blech!! Two of dad’s co-workers decided to try them, mom and the one guy’s wife kind of gagged when they did that. They both said they didn’t taste bad but left a strange aftertaste. No thank you!!!
We cruised around the canals a little bit while Luis told us more of the history of the place and we listened to music, then we pulled up to another boat where he picked up some more food for us to eat. Each person got a plate that had a salad made with some pieces of cactus in it (it was strange), and some delicious cheese from Oaxaca. We stopped at another boat and got some tortillas filled with cheese (some also had mushrooms), I could have eaten a ton of those. The last course we got were all sorts of different meat dishes: chicken, pork, beef, one even was flavored with a little bit of chocolate! Everyone liked the pork one the best, it was very good. At that point we pulled up to another dock as it was about half way through the evening and we all had a chance for a potty break. While we were doing that, crews came in and cleaned up everything so far and when we got on board again, each place had a selection of dessert items on it, some were really good, some were a little strange. It wasn’t a problem though, we’d already eaten so much at that point we didn’t care, mom took what was wrapped with her for us to eat later.
Now the ride got very interesting! Instead of pulling up to boats with food, we pulled up to boats with different music. Mom said she never realized how many different styles of mariachi music there were, some were very dance like and others were more calming.
Every time we pulled up to one of the music boats, we were beside this group of crazy Columbians, they were having a really good time! A couple of them even jumped from their boat and got on ours and got everyone dancing, it was a lot of fun.
By the time we got back to our resort, it was after midnight, but it was a fun time, and we were really glad we decided to go. I hurried up and got my pj’s on, I needed to make sure I got a good nights sleep since we were flying home the next day.