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 de la Bombilla & Álvaro Obregón Monument

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Parque España

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La Marquesa National Park

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Chapel of Santa Cruz Atencopa, Iztacalco

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Leon Trotsky House Museum

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Plaza Garibaldi

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Plaza de las Tres Culturas

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Jardín Morelos (Parque Escandón)

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The Garden of the Triple Alliance

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Mural of the Meeting of Moctezuma & Hernán Cortés

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Alameda Norte

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Plaza de Santos Degollado

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Fuente de la Templanza

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Bosque de San Juan de Aragón

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José María Morelos Monument, Chapultepec

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Padierna Obelisk

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Plaza Primo de Verdad

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San Salvador El Seco Chapel & Plaza

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Santa Teresa la Nueva

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Parque de los Venados, Francisco Villa Park

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Plaza Hidalgo, Coyoacán

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Plaza de la Solidaridad

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Xochipilli Fountain

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