11 Facts About Chapultepec


Bosque de Chapultepec is divided into four sections, with the first section being the oldest and most visited.

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Chapultepec had trees and plants from various parts of the Aztec Empire planted here.

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The Chapultepec aqueduct led water from the springs of the forest to an area in what was the south of the city, called Salto del Agua.

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In 1785, the Franciscan hermitage was demolished to make way for the Chapultepec Castle, converting the hill and the forest around it into a summer retreat for colonial viceroys.

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Chapultepec Park is the second largest city park in Latin America, after the Santiago Metropolitan Park in Chile, measuring in total just over 686 hectares .

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The name "Chapultepec" means "at the grasshopper hill" in Nahuatl and refers to a large rock formation that is the center of the park's first section.

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Archeological studies have unearthed and identified tombs associated with Teotihuacan, a Toltec altar on the summit of Chapultepec Hill, remains of a colonial era aqueduct, paths associated with Nezahualcoyotl, and an area where Aztec priests ingested peyote as part of religious rites.

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Chapultepec Zoo is the most visited attraction of the park, especially on Sundays.

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Chapultepec began with species native to Mexico and then added others from the rest of the world.

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Chapultepec modeled the zoo after the Bioparco di Roma in Rome, Italy.

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At the foot of the Chapultepec Hill is an extension of the Museum of History called the Museo del Caracol .

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