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Mexico City Travel Guide

Bosque de Chapultepec and Zona Rosa

Bosque de Chapultepec, named for the chapulines (grasshoppers) that populated it long ago, is the city's largest park, a great green refuge from concrete, traffic, and dust. It's also home to a castle, a lake, an amusement park, the Mexican president's official residence, and five world-renowned museums. If you have time to visit only one of Bosque de Chapultupec's museums, make

it the Museo Nacional de Antropología.

Stores, hotels, travel agencies, and restaurants line the avenues of the touristy (with the mushrooming of fast-food spots and some tacky bars and stores, the area has lost some of its former appeal) Zona Rosa, just east of the park. There aren't many sights in Zona Rosa, so consider combining some time in the park with a meal and some shopping here. The 29-square-block area is bounded by Paseo de la Reforma on the north, Niza on the east, Avenida Chapultepec on the south, and Avenida Floréncia on the west.

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