Parks

Mexico City's Parks and Public Plazas start with the Zócalo and extend in a hundred directions. The already massive Bosque de Chapultepec is dwarfed by a good handful of mountainous national parks.

These are flanked by dozens of public parks and city squares, of which the Alameda Central is just the most ornate. There are public spaces of every level of charm, naturalism, and even small town curios-ness.

You'll find sculptures and monuments, churches and cathedrals, and of course, the neighborhood centers - a thousand axes around which the capital turns.

But even some of old Tenochtitlan's canals (rios) and causeways (calzadas) are getting in on the act. As the city evolves, reclaiming green and public spaces has increasingly meant reclaiming natural waterways that haven't flowed freely for generations.

The Canal Nacional is just one such project. Others are simply lining more streets and through ways with more trees so they seem more like parks.

Some others are squares almost forgotten in the mist of the past. These often serve as important neighborhood meeting points. For international visitors, they're a fascinating glimpse at Mexico City public, vibrant, and welcoming personality.

Parque Bicentenario & The Orchid Farm

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Parque Hundido

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Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Library

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San Juan de Aragón Zoo

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Parque Lineal Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca

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Cumbres del Ajusco National Park

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Indios Verdes Monument

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Embarcadero Salitre

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Hipódromo de las Américas

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Bosque de Tlalpan Nature Reserve

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Parque Cuitláhuac / Santa Cruz Meyehualco

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El Tepozteco National Park

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Desierto de los Leones Monastery

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Lake of the Aztec Kings

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Tlapacoya Archaeological Zone & Cerro de Elefante Park

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Fuentes Brotantes de Tlalpan National Park

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Parque Lira

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San Salvador Nextengo, Azcapotzalco

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Los Dinamos National Park

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El Zócalo

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Parque México

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Desierto de los Leones National Park

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Chapultepec Zoo

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Parque La Mexicana, Santa Fe

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