Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City

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    Bosque de Chapultepec

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 21, 2014
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    The most extensive park of Mexico is very popular among the locals and is a great place for a weekend stroll. There is lots to see and do here: among the main attractions are the monument dedicated to the "ninos heroes" (young soldiers who commited suicide after Mexico surrendered to the United States invasion forces in 1848); the Castillo Chapultepec, former residence of Emperor Maximilian and President Porfirio Diaz; artificial lakes, fountains, a zoo and a botanical garden. Close to the northern side of the park is the famous Museo de Antropologia.

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    Castillo de Chapultepec

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 21, 2014
    Castillo de Chapultepec

    Located on the grounds of popular Chapultepec Parc, the Castillo Chapultepec is one of the major sights of Mexico City. The Castillo served as a residence for the short-lived reign of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and later for President Porfirio Diaz. From the Castillo, the view on Chapultepec Parc and the monument for the "ninos heroes" is spectacular.

    Among the treasures of the Castillo are a horse-driven coach of Emperor Maximilian, beautiful stained-glass windows, spectacular state rooms and impressive "murales" (frescoes) with themes from Mexican history, and even a tiny grashopper fountain!

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    Strolling through the bosque

    by gypsysoul73 Written Jan 16, 2007
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    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. :)

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    Chapultepec Park

    by chenglinlee Updated Feb 2, 2007
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    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.

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    Bosque de Chapultepec

    by andrewyong Written Jan 8, 2006

    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.

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    Chapultepec Park

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 26, 2005
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    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.

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    The Mother of all Anthropological Museums

    by jmbredeck Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    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."

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    Walking around

    by AllYellow Written Jan 16, 2005

    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.

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  • Never conquered

    by HectorSergio Written Jan 2, 2004

    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!

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  • Chapultepec Castle rests atop...

    by ChicaAmable Updated Aug 24, 2002

    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.

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  • There is a monument at the...

    by ChicaAmable Written Aug 24, 2002

    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.

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    Castillo Chapultepec

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 22, 2013

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    This castle on Bosque Chapultepec (grasshopper Hill) now houses the National History Museum. The castle also afford excellents views of Mexico City.

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    Castillo de Chapultepec

    by Nike333 Written Oct 10, 2003

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    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.

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    Bosque de Chapultepec

    by anagrettel Written Oct 19, 2007

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    Chapultepec, which in Náhuatl means Hill of Grasshoppers, has lakes, a zoo, the famous chapultepec castle and several excellent museums.

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    You should go the Chapultepec...

    by Seldon Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You should go the Chapultepec Park. Is one of the most beautiful places in the city. And its Zoo is incredible!

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