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Cuchara Restaurant’s Xochimilco boat tours run for an hour and a half down Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and come with endless margaritas, ceviche and live music from a trio band that plays music from Mexico dating as far back as the 50s and 60s.

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Cuchara Restaurant’s Xochimilco boat tours run for an hour and a half down Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and come with endless margaritas, ceviche and live music from a trio band that plays music from Mexico dating

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Photo: Courtesy Cuchara Restaurant

Photo: Courtesy Cuchara Restaurant

Cuchara Restaurant’s Xochimilco boat tours run for an hour and a half down Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and come with endless margaritas, ceviche and live music from a trio band that plays music from Mexico dating as far back as the 50s and 60s.

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Cuchara Restaurant’s Xochimilco boat tours run for an hour and a half down Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and come with endless margaritas, ceviche and live music from a trio band that plays music from Mexico dating

… more

Photo: Courtesy Cuchara Restaurant

Float down Buffalo Bayou drinking endless margaritas on Cuchara’s Xochimilco-inspired boat tour

After a four-year hiatus, Cuchara Restaurant’s Xochimilco boat tour is back in action.

Xochimilco is a suburb of Mexico City known for its floating water canals built by the Aztecs. Here it’s popular for visitors to partake in the longstanding tradition of renting brightly-decorated boats to float down the canals while enjoying live music, food and drinks, according to Cuchara owner Ana Beaven, who hails from Mexico City.

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After the restaurant’s Xochimilco-inspired boat tours were put on hold due to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Beaven said her staff is excited to bring the popular pastime back to Houstonians.

“It’s something I always suggest to do when people go to Mexico City because no words can describe the feeling,” Beaven said. “It’s just floating chaos with colors and music and food, it’s just hilarious.”

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The tours run for an hour and a half down Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and come with endless margaritas, ceviche and live music from a trio band that plays music from Mexico dating as far back as the 50s and 60s, Beaven said.  The tours are put on in association with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and can be arranged for private groups as well, she said.

The first boat tour set for Feb. 29 has already sold out, but more events are planned for the coming months, Beaven said. Tours planned for the fall will offer tamales instead of ceviche.

There are a few rules for those that wish to take a ride, though; there is no toilet on board and guests are not allowed to throw trash in the bayou or attempt to jump off the boat. Beaven also recommends guests bring a light jacket even in the summer months, as the weather gets at least 10 degrees colder when traveling downstream.

Tickets run for $100 and can be booked only by calling the restaurant at 713-942-0000. A second date has not been released yet, but Beaven said Houstonians can expect another tour to be scheduled sometime in early March, with more dates to follow. Anyone interested in taking a ride is encouraged to act fast, as the boat can only fit 15 guests and the restaurant usually sells out in hours.

“It’s an investment for us because we encourage tourism to Mexico City,” Beaven said. “We are known for throwing crazy parties and doing fun stuff and this is just one of those things.”

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Rebecca Hennes covers community news. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected] 



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