Bosque de Chapultepec Castle & Anthropology Museum
El Bosque de Chapultepec is one of the largest, most beautiful city parks in Mexico City. It is considered to be the Central Park of Mexico. Street Vendors with Cotton Candy, Boat rides, Souvenirs, face painting are just a few attractions in this park.
This is a great place for the whole family and make sure to wear comfortable shoes. I made the mistake of wearing 2 inch heels and had blisters for days.
Do not worry about packing a lunch. Vendors selling tortas, cotton candy, fruit cups and other goodies are all throughout the park. They even have a Starbucks for those who are too afraid to venture out.
We were on a tight schedule and could not spend more time to see other areas that this beautiful park offers. It can be a whole day of activity and time well spent.
We were excited to visit the castle which is part of the National History Museum. It was constructed in 1785 but completed well completed after Mexico took Independence. It was a dedicated home of Emperor Maximilian and other presidents of Mexico. It’s a must see and very beautiful inside. The grounds and landscapes are breathtaking with tons of areas to take pictures. It took a bit of a climb to get up to the castle overlooking the park, but once there it was well worth it.
Voladores de Papalta – The meso-american ritual from Veracruz takes place in the park with two performances at 12:00 and at 2pm daily. There are five men dressed in striking red and white outfits and proceed to climb on top of a pole attached to a rope.
One of the tribe members plays a beat to a drum as the other members fly in the air in a circle. The four acrobats represent the four elements of the earth. The ritual itself is connected to fertility, corn and the harvest. It is impressionable to see them flying in the air held by a rope.
A great picture opportunity is at the Alas de Mexico! It’s a great spot to take a picture with the beautiful wings from artist Jorge Marin. This is located right across from the exit from the Chapultepec Castle. It was a fun way to end our day.