This is the ancient forest from the times of the Aztecs, even longer, that is now preserved as a heritage for Mexicans. I find it hard to see how it could remind locals and visitors alike of the Aztec environment if they were not told of the significance of the area.
Chapultepec, "at the grasshopper hill" in the Nahuatl language, is a large hill on the outskirts of central Mexico City with much significance in Mexican history. The hill of Chapultepec and surrounding land are now Chapultepec Park, a popular spot both for locals and tourists. The Castle atop the hill is a history museum. The park also includes 6 other museums, including a museum of modern art and the National Museum of Anthropology with its great collection of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican art and artifacts. Chapultepec Park also includes a zoo and an amusement park. Also in this area you can find Los Pinos, home of Mexico's president.
Chapultepec Park is a great place to visit on weekends. From the hostel that I was staying at behind the cathedral in Zocalo I got on the underground metro and took a quick ride to Chapultepec. On weekends the whole park is very crowded with locals, street vendors, and performers. Besides walking through the park I also visited the famous Museo Anthropologia (one of the national museum next to the Chapultepec Park) and Castillo Maxim. Outside the Museo Anthropologia I was fortunately enough to see something odd flying in the sky. It was some performers performing a traditional ritual which they are suspended by a rope and swings about a central pole as they descend. It was one of the coolest thing I have ever seen. These performer deserved a big tip from me after their performance.
Bosque de Chapultepec or Chapultepec Park, is a 1,600 acre haven of lakes, centuries old forest and outdoor cafes. It is also home to a zoo, a castle and at least 3 museums including the Museum of Anthropology. It has been a public park since the 16th century when Spanish King Carlos V declared it a national reserve.
We watched boaters on the lake and munched on cheese puffs with chili sauce. The locals love to squirt chili sauce on everything, even popcorn. There were stands that offered munchies that came in all shapes and colors, which were popular among the young folk. The climate couldn't have been more perfect, it was sunny with a crisp cool breeze. The park was abuzz with people but there were also many quiet pockets here and there. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we didn’t notice the time and when we finally reached the Castle, it was too late go in. A reason to come back someday. :)
Museo Nacional de Antropologia:
Is anyone ever really prepared for this museum? In terms of depth and quality of exhibits, this place ranks up there with the Louvre, or the Met, or the vatican collections. Somewhere a realistic guide for visiting this site must exist (I remember seeing these strategy guides for Disneyland, while living in Orlando, FL) - but I have yet to find one. In the meantime, visit it - enjoy, and remember that you simply cannot see it all in one visit.
" Este museo muestra la historia de México, desde el pasado remoto hasta tiempos presentes. Objetos arqueológicos y grupos étnicos que habitan en México."
Located in a vast zone comprising 730ha/1,800 acres, this historical forest, planted with tall ancient trees, has stood as a silent witness to the traditions and events that have occured here since pre-Hispanic times, when Lake Texcoco seperated this area from Tenochtitlan.
If you visit Bosque de Chapultepec you have to visit El Castillo. It is such a great place with art and history. If you'd like to find see where the famous Battle of Chapultepec was fought who many different uses this fortress had, this will not disappoint you!
Chapultepec Castle rests atop a hill that provides a good view of Mexico City. The castle was formerly the home of Austrian Archduke Maximilian and his wife Charlotte (Carlota) during their rule as Mexico's 'emporrer and empress.' Maximilian and Carlota ruled during France's brief invasion of Mexico, from 1862 to 1867. The castle was originally built in the late 18th century for the Spanish viceroys in Mexico. It is currently a museum.
The castle is part of a larger area of 1,000 acres called Chapultepec Forest. There are several museums, including the famous National Museum of Anthropology. There is also a zoo and amusement parks.
There is a monument at the foot of the hill where Chapultec Castle stands. This monument is dedicated to Los Niños Héroes, the Child Heroes. In 1847, during the Mexican-American War, General Winfield Scott led American forces into Mexico by way of Veracruz. The troops marched to Mexico City. The last Mexican stronghold was Chapultepec Castle, a military academy at that time. It is said that the last defenders at the castle were six teenaged cadets who, rather than surrender to American troops, the boys wrapped themselves in the Mexican flag and jumped from the castle wall, plunging to the their deaths. I have read various accounts; one says that only one threw himself from the castle wall; another does not mention anyone jumping to his death. There is a painting on a ceiling which depicts a cadet falling to his death. It appears that he is falling toward you. It is morbidly interesting.
This castle on Bosque Chapultepec (grasshopper Hill) now houses the National History Museum. The castle also afford excellents views of Mexico City.
The Chateau is really worth a visit as it is interessting and it also provides you with a great view over the city and the park.
Chapultepec, which in Náhuatl means Hill of Grasshoppers, has lakes, a zoo, the famous chapultepec castle and several excellent museums.
You should go the Chapultepec Park. Is one of the most beautiful places in the city. And its Zoo is incredible!
This monument near Chapultepec castle is for the 6 cadets who threw themselves over the edge of the cliff rather than be captured on Sept 13 1847 during the war between the US and Mexico
The star attraction of the zoo are its Pandas. The zoo has great displays with info on all animals, their habitat etc. all in Spanish....best of all the Zoo is free!