The Chapultepec Forest in Mexico City is the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere. Centered on a rock formation called Chapultepec Hill, one of the park’s main functions is to be an ecological space in the metropolis. It is known as Mexico City’s “lungs” as the trees replenish oxygen to the Valley of Mexico. The park has been a special area since the Pre-Columbian era, when it became a retreat for Aztec rulers. In the colonial period, Chapultepec Castle was built there and eventually became the official residence of Mexican heads of state. It would remain such until 1940, when it was moved to another part of the park called Los Pinos.
Today, the park is divided into three sections, with the first section being the oldest and most visited.
- La Feria de Chapultepec Mágico an amusement park
- Papalote childrens' museum
- Natural History Museum
- Mexico's national cemetery, El Panteon Civil de Dolores
- Restaurants: “El Lago” and “Bistró Chapultepec”
The third section is made up mostly of natural areas with wooded areas and wildlife.
When to go:
The park's first section is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5 am to 8 pm during Daylight Saving Time, and 7 pm the rest of the year. On Mondays the first section is closed for maintenance. Sections 2 and 3 are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The park is a popular spot to visit throughout the week, but weekends and holidays are the busiest, and you can expect the park to be crowded, particularly on Sundays. Admission to Chapultepec park is free.
Enjoy the “Chapultepec Castle & Anthropology Museum Tour
” and the Tamayo Museum
both included in your iVenture Card Mexico City!