Bosque de Chapultepec is the fifth largest urban park of the World.
The Bosque de Chapultepec is the oldest urban park in America. Fifteen million people visit every year and each weekend there are approximately 200 thousand persons who spend time in its multiple recreation areas. For many Mexican families, the Park is an important place of leisure and social life.
The Park’s total area is 686 hectares. The first and second section make up 438 hectares, 117 of which are occupied by buildings.
Considered the green lung of Mexico City, Chapultepec Park’s 686 hectares produce oxygen continuously and help absorb the City’s chronic pollution problem. The porous soil and tree roots are natural water filters and ensure that underground aquifers are restored, which in turn avoid sinking land levels and the survival of the Park’s flora. As well, the Park helps restore the area’s temperature and reduces noise pollution.
The Park is consdered a temperate forest ecosistem, with species such as ahuehuetes, pines, liquidambars, wild privets, cedars, poplars, hydrangeas, roses and lilies.
The Bosque de Chapultepec is one of the cultural centers of Mexico City.
The First Section of the park houses the Centro Cultural del Bosque (Bosque Cultural Center) with its six theaters and the National Center for Folkloric Dances, as well as the National Auditorium, the Museums of History and Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art and the Tamayo Museum, along with the Zoo, the Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, the Botanical Garden and the lakes.
In the second section visitors will find the Museum of Natural History, the Papalote Children’s Museum, the Technological Musuem of the CFE (Federal Electricity Ministry) as well as places of leisure such as the La Feria amusement park.
Throughout the year festivals and events are held in the Park, among them the Festival del Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Park Festival,) during which museums and cultural centers offer a wide range of programming and free events such as theater performances, bicycle tours, film projections, concerts, exhibits and guided walking tours.
The Park continuously updates its events and cultural offer, and in recent years nocturnal activities such as concerts, plays and the unusual Lanchacinema have been added to the calendar. With the Lanchacinema (Boat Cinema) the public can enjoy a movie projection while floating on a boat in the Lago Mayor of the First Section.
Who we are
The Board of Directors of the Bosque de Chapultepec is a government institution that is part of the General Management for Urban Parks and Environmental Education. It was created in September of 2000 with the purpose of managing the most important urban park in the country.
Our vision is to protect and improve the Bosque de Chapultepec for current and future generations.