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Mexico City - Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park, or Bosque de Chapultepec, is a popular place for local families on the weekend. Bring a picnic, or eat lunch in several restaurants located throughout the park. Pony rides and bike rentals are available for kids. On the weekends, look for open air concerts.
    1st Section (Primera Seccion)
    National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) – The Museo Nacional de Antropologia has all the good stuff from the pre-Columbian archeological ruins – Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Mexica (Aztec). Room after room is filled with exquisite stone, ceramic, jade and turquoise objects. Be sure to see the Mayan Chacmool from Chichen Itza, the jade mask of Pakal from Palenque and the famous Aztec calendar. The museum also features a recreation of a Mexican village and Mayan ruin, models of Tenochitlan.
      Near to the museum, a tall pole set up where you can watch the "Dance of the Flying Men," the Voladores. Performed by the Totonac Indians, four men tied to the pole whirl through the air in this impressive traditional display.
      Zoo (Parque Zoologica de Chapultepec) – This large and well laid-out zoo is the place to see giant pandas (the first pandas bred in captivity outside of China) and is free. On the other side of the Lago di Chapultepec is the Centro de Convivencia Infantil, a kids play area with slides and swings and a petting zoo.
      Go boating on the lakes – Rent a colorful pedal boat or row boat and expend some energy cruising around the lake.
      Castillo de Chapultepec – Climb up the hill to "Chapultepec Castle," once the home of Maximillian, the French Emperor of Mexico, and now the Museo Nacional de Historia, which chronicles the history of Mexico from the Spanish takeover through the 20th century. In front of the Castillo is a monument to the Los Niños Heroes. In 1847 the castle was a military academy, and six cadets died defending the castle against the Americans.
    2nd Section (Segunda Seccion)
      Papalote-Museo del Niño – This children's museum is similar to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The museum has hands-on science and cultural exhibits and an IMAX theater. At the "La Tienda del Museo" you'll learn about traditional arts, crafts and games.
      Had enough culture for the day and want to let off steam? Head for La Feria de Chapultepec, an amusement park with thrills and chills rides, a huge roller coaster, bumper cars, carousel, miniature train, and family restaurants. For more amusement rides, there's also the Juegos Mecanicos Infantiles.
    3rd Section (Tercera Seccion)
      Rancho del Charro (Ave. Constituyentes) – On Sundays, go to a Charreada, a riding exhibition by the "charros," cowboys. Charros, wearing traditional costumes, demonstrate riding feats and there is music by mariachi bands.
      Water Park – Cool off in Aguas Salvajes, an aquatic park with wave swimming pool and splash slides.
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