Bosque de Chapultepec

Located at the southwest end of the Paseo de la Reforma, Bosque de Chapultepec or Chapultepec Park is the largest park in Mexico City.  It covers more than 4 sq km and houses a lake, zoo, several museums and monuments as well as the current presidential residence.  Vendors line the pathways throughout the park selling food, drinks, toys, and souvenirs.  Chapultepec which translates to Hill of Grasshoppers in Nahuatl was originally a refuge for wandering Aztecs and later became a summer residence for the wealthy.  Today it is a popular destination for picnicking, strolling and visiting the museums or zoo.  The park is especially busy on the weekends.

After wandering through the park and hanging out by the lake we spent the afternoon in the Chapultepec Zoo.  This zoo was the first place outside of China where pandas were born in captivity.  The first two bears were donated to the zoo in 1975.  Today the zoo has three pandas, all descendants of the original two.  This one was playing on the jungle gym and entertaining the crowd.


1 Response to “Bosque de Chapultepec”

  1. 1 Donna October 5, 2008 at 5:23 am

    that panda is so cute!!!
    when i come visit you, we have to go to the zoo, ok?

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