Chapultepec is a district of Mexico City. "Chapultepec" means "Grasshopper Hill" (Chapul - Grasshopper, Tepec - Hill) in Nahuatl, the language of the "Aztecs". The hill and surrounding district has much significance in Mexican history. The Bosque de Chapultepec (Náhuatl, "hill of the grasshoppers") is Mexico City's principal park and, with an area of 4sq.km/2.5sq.mi, its largest.
You can easily walk to Chapultepec from popular neighborhoods like Reforma, Polanco, Zona Rosa, Roma and Condesa. Nearby Metro (subway) stations include:
- 1 Castillo de Chapultepec y Museo Nacional de Historia (MNH) (Chapultepec Castle), Bosque de Chapultepec I (metro Auditorio line #7 orange or Chapultepec line #1 pink), ☏ . Tu-Su 09:00-17:00. Over its history, it has been the home of the Spanish Viceroys, a military college, a scene of historic battle during the Mexican-American War, the palace of Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlotta, the national observatory, and the presidential palace. It is now a museum. You can walk up the winding hill road, or take the tram that departs every twenty minutes for a fee of $13 MXN. There are two parts to the museum: the Alcazar (with the exhibits on the life of its former residents – the emperor and the presidents), and the Castillo (now the Museum of National History). Both are decorated with remarkable murals depicting the nation's and the site's history. Don't miss the Roman-style gardens and observatory on the roof of the Alcazar. The castle also boasts a fine view of Mexico City and its surroundings. $75 MXN (adults), free (seniors over 60, children under 13, teachers); free on Sundays for Mexican citizens and foreign residents (ID required); fee for video camera and flash photography is not permitted; audioguide 65 pesos. While visiting the site, you can leave your bag in the locker room near the entry to the site (at the bottom of the hill); the fee to use a locker is 10 MXP (as of 2013). Storing your bag is mandatory if it contains any food or even a water bottle.
- 2 Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art), Paseo de la Reforma s/n, ☏ . Tu-Su 10:30-17:30. It showcases temporary exhibitions of Mexican and international art, and has a permanent collection of work by artists including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, José Orozco, and Leonora Carrington, among others. M$80.
- 3 Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Anthropological Museum), Av Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi s/n (Metro Auditorio station), ☏ . Tu-Su 09:00-19:00. Considered to be one of the top museums of its kind in the world, this enormous complex has permanent exhibitions highlighting the development and cultures of Mexico's many indigenous peoples. Also, the museum itself is famous for its architecture. It is possible to spend days here to see everything – delegate two hours at least and be sure not to miss the Aztec sun stone. Bags must be checked; and personal photography is permitted (no flash or tripods). If possible it is best to avoid visiting on Sundays, when it is usually mobbed. A restaurant and gift shop [dead link] are also located in the museum. M$85 adults, free for seniors over 60, children under 13, teachers; free on Sundays for Mexican citizens and foreign residents (ID required).
- 4 Museo Rufino Tamayo, Paseo de la Reforma 51, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. The collection in this modern art museum was donated by the late Oaxacan-Zapoteca artist Rufino Tamayo and his wife, and includes works by Picasso, Rothko, and Miró, as well as by Tamayo himself. M$70.
- 5 Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (David Alfaro Siquerios Museum), Tres Picos 29, ☏ . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. This museum showcases the works of famed Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siquerios. M$12 adults; free for students, teachers, seniors,, children under 12; free admission on Sundays.
- 6 Museo de Historia Natural y Cultura Ambiental (Museum of Natural History), Segunda sección del Bosque de Chapultepec, Circuíto Correr es Salud s/n, ☏ , email@example.com. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Exhibits a history of evolution. M$23 adults;, M$11 teachers, students, children 3-12; free for seniors, disabled, children under 3; free admission on Tuesday.
- 7 Monumento a los Niños Héroes (Monument to the Heroic Cadets). This impressive white marble monument stands at the entrance to Chapultepec Park in front of the Castillo. It honors six youths who gave their lives defending the stronghold from US troops in 1847. Free.
- 8 Luis Barragán House and Studio (Casa Luis Barragán), Gral. Francisco Ramírez 12, Ampliación Daniel Garza, Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, ☏ . M-F 11:00 - 17:00, Sa Su 11:00-14:00. The home and studio of the famed Mexican architect Luis Barragán has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and work. The house looks plain from the outside, but inside it opens up and exemplifies Barragan's modernist design philosophy of integrating light, and nature with open, aesthetically pleasing spaces and surfaces to create a serene and functional living space for humans. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. M$400 adults, M$300 Mexican citizens, M$200 students.
- 9 Panteon Civil de Dolores, Av. Constituyentes, Chapultepec. 08:00 - 17:00. Largest cemetery in Mexico, site of the Rotunda of Illustrious Persons. The cemetery has over 1 million grave sites. People are just dying to get in here!
- 10 Museo del Dolores de Cárcamo (Dolores Carcamo Museum), Av. Rodolfo Neri Vela, Bosque de Chapultepec II Secc,, ☏ . Tu-Su 12:00 - 15:00, closed M. Small museum housed in a historic waterworks building, it houses a famous mural by Diego Rivera that could be considered a work of sculpture because part of it is a 3-dimensional bust while part of it is a tile mosaic mural covered by water.
Chapultepec Park has many natural walking paths through the trees. Vendors line the paths in many areas where you can buy souvenirs, juices, tacos, ice cream, toys, and even lucha libre masks.
- 1 Lago de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Lake). There are actually two lakes that are connected, a bridge spanning them at mid-point. Lounge around the shore, or rent a canoe or paddleboat to explore.
- 2 Zoologico de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Zoo), Calle Chivatito s/n, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 09:00-16:30, closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan. The zoo is most famous for its family of pandas, and has had a good success rate in breeding them. Free.
- 3 Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden), Paseo de la Reforma, ☏ . Tu-Su 09:00-18:00. 5.3 hectare garden showcasing more than 300 species of native Mexican plant life. Free.
- 4 Pista el Sope (el Sope), Parque Chapultepec, Secc. II. Daily 05:00-19:30. Wide running tracks and trails with mixed elevations. Groomed, chipped clay surface. Warm up area. Very popular among local runners and fitness enthusiasts.
- 5 Auditorio Nacional, Paseo de la Reforma 50 (Next to the Auditorio Metro station), ☏ . Venue for performing arts and popular entertainers. Shows include things like the Nutcracker Suite, Placido Domingo, and Disney on Ice. Seats 10,000. Tickets available through TicketMaster.
- 6 Campo Marte, Av. Paseo de la Reforma (Metro to Auditorio), ☏ . Officially a military sports field owned by the Ministry of Defense (SEDENA), this is a well-known polo field where prestigious international matches have taken place, including the World Polo Championship in 2008 and the Prince of Wales Cup in 1993 (attended by Prince Charles, now King Charles). The regular polo season runs from November through April. Information about polo events and teams is available through the Federacion Mexicana Polo].
- 1 Mercado el Chorrito, Gob. Melchor Muzquiz S/N, San Miguel Chapultepec (Metro station Constituyentes, then 1 block southeast on Av. Lira). Daily 08:00 - 18:00. Large public market, lots of food vendors. Local vibe, not tourist oriented.
- 1 Alfredo di Roma, Campos Elíseos 218 (in the Hotel Presidente Inter-Continental), ☏ . M-Th 13:00-23:30, F Sa 13:00-24:00, Su 13:00-19:00. This is a charming and luxurious restaurant which serves slightly expensive Italian fare that is surprisingly worth it. Be sure to try the Fettuccini Alfredo or the Torre de Pisa, which is mouth-wateringly delicious.
- 2 Bistro Chapultepec, Lago Mayor, Secc. II, Bosque de Chapultepec (inside Chapultepec Park, Section 2, on the lake), ☏ . 7:30-19:30. Elegant lakeside dining in Chapultepec park, outdoor dining area available. Menu is more American or European than Mexican, which may appeal to some travelers. Reservations accepted.
- 3 Del Bosque, Lago Menor, Del Rosal s/n, Bosque De Chapultepec (near Av. Constituyentes and Natural Science Museum), ☏ . M-F 07:30 - 18:00, Sa Su 08:00 - 18:00. Casual upscale dining with traditional Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is in Chapultepec Park, with a lakeside setting. The dining rooms features a glass wall with views of the lake right outside the restaurant.
- 4 City Café Natural El Sope, Av. de los Corredores S/N, Sección II, Bosque de Chapultepec (near El Sope running track). Tu-F 08:30 - 15:00, Sa Su 08:30 - 16:30, closed M. Casual outdoor cafe specializing in coffee and breakfast. Popular with runners and dog walkers alike. Very pet friendly with an area set aside for customers with well-behaved, leashed dogs. M$200.
- 1 Fiesta Americana Grand Chapultepec, Mariano Escobedo 756 (Colonia Anzures), ☏ , fax: . The location of the Fiesta American Grand Chapultepec is perfect, being close to the restaurants of Polanco and Condesa. Rooms are clean, quiet and very comfortable. From US$150.
- 2 Four Seasons Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma 500, ☏ , fax: . From US$320.
- 3 Hotel Camino Real Polanco, Mariano Escobedo 700 (Colonia Anzures), ☏ , fax: , email@example.com. This 5-star hotel surpasses hotel expectations to be somewhat of a work of art. It combines modern architectural profiles with obvious pre-Hispanic pyramid reminiscences. It has been the headquarters for two soccer World Cups and for the Olympic Games. It's a true example of opulence and well worth the indulgence.
- 4 JW Marriott Mexico City, Calle Andrés Bello 29, ☏ . One of the premier Mexico City hotels, the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City rises 26 stories high in the exclusive Polanco District. Located in the heart of the business and entertainment sector, this flagship Mexico City hotel is within walking distance to Auditorio Nacional, the city's financial hub, and some of Mexico's best shopping, dining and night life. From US$179.
- 5 Marquis Reforma, Paseo de la Reforma 465 (Colonia Cuauhtémoc), ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. This 5-star hotel is one of Mexico City's finest. Built in the Art Deco style, it has an exclusive feel through its high standards of fittings and furnishings. Ice sculptures are frequently used as decorations in this area. There are excellent views to be had of the woods and castle of Chapultepec, as well as the Glorietta de Diana Cazadora. From US$219.
- 6 Green Park Hotel, Av Costituyentes 99, Col San Miguel Chapultepec,. Comfortable upscale hotel with traditional furnishings. Located adjacent to Chapultepec Park.
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