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Small groups also characterize this type of trips, about 20 people usually of an upper middle class who consume local products, perform traditional activities and camp out in the open, under a closed sky or dotted with stars.
One of the places that house this type of tourism in Mexico is the Protected Natural Area of Xochimilco, where the food that supplied the ancient Mexica inhabitants of Tenochtitlan, where the Mexican capital now sits, was traditionally cultivated in the chinampas.
Chinampas: organic agriculture
The chinampas are small tracts of land with a rectangular shape that are erected in the middle of the canals and in which, to this day, following a tradition of a thousand years old, organic agriculture is still practiced.
Nature-loving travelers get on a canoe guided by the natives and cross the labyrinthine and greenish canals until they reach the deepest, the heart of the chinampa.
Felipe Barrera, farmer and member of the “Chinampayolo” community, explained that tourists visit them who seek to know other universes, other worlds that if not taken care of can be lost.
Seeing how the fog is cleared or reforesting an extension of land are things that enrich the experience of the visitors, as well as the dialogue with the members of the community, exchanging points of view on the vastest common good: nature.
For Barrera, the most excellent education that visitors can take is “the obligation of every human being to defend life,” the one that lives in each extension of land.
The enjoyment of the experience resides in observing the daily life of the inhabitants and carrying out activities such as the extraction of organic matter from the river – where it has been resting for thousands of years – and mixing it with their own hands on the earth, wet, alive and dark of the chinampa.
Salinas concluded by expressing his conviction that this type of tourism has the capacity to generate an echo in the daily actions once the tourists return to their homes, having acquired an awareness of the use of natural resources.