Chapultepec Park (“Grasshopper” in the Aztec language) is a lovely park located on the western side of the city bordering the neighborhoods of Polanco and Condesa. This park is popular with families –especially on weekends. There are lots of trees, lakes and walkways as well as numerous food trucks and other vendors. There are also a few impressive museums.
In May 2007, I visited Chapultepec Park with some friends. Our stroll began at the entrance to the park. On the way up to the castle, which is located on top of a hill in the park, my friends and I visited a very popular, significant monument: Los Ninos Heroes. This memorial was dedicated to six young guys who jumped to their death from the hill. They preferred to die rather than risk becoming prisoners of the approaching US Army during the Mexican-American war in the 1840s.
Reaching the top of the hill, we checked out the castle which now houses a museum of history. We admired the murals inside the museum. One of the more interesting works of art that I saw was a series of paintings showing the different class levels in Mexico during the 1800s. I think there were 18 of them!
We walked around the garden surrounding the castle and saw a unique fountain in the shape of a grasshopper! We then checked out the views of Mexico City and descended the hill as we were ready to visit a museum.
Out last stop in the park was a visit the Museo de Anthropologia located at the base of the hill. We wanted to visit this museum to learn something about the Aztecs, Toltecs and Mayas. I loved the diorama of the old Aztec city of Tenochtitlan upon which Mexico City was built. Another highlight was seeing a giant, Mayan sundial made out of stone.
No visit to Mexico City is complete without a stroll through this outstanding park.
For more photos of this park, see the “Mexico City, May 2007” photo album on my Gallery.