Actors getting ready/dressed backstage for the La Llorona production in the Xochimilco canals in Mexico City. In October and November an independent production company puts on a one-of-a kind production of tale of La Llorna (a legendary ghost prominent in folklore of Spanish America) in time for Dia de los Muertes. Set in the midst of mysterious canals of Xochimilco at night, the production touches on themes of death and also pre-Columbian Mexico, colonization and indigenous tradtions and heritage. Xochimilco is a borough is in the southeastern part of Meico City with an identity that is separate from the historic center of Mexico City, due to its historic separation from that city during most of its history. Xochimilco is best known for its canals, which are left from what was an extensive lake and canal system that connected most of the settlements of the Valley of Mexico. These canals, along with artificial islands called chinampas, attract tourists and other city residents to ride on colorful gondola-like boats called âtrajinerasâ around the 170 km (110 mi) of canals.