Chapultepec Castle

At the end of the Paseo de la Reforma sits Chapultepec Forest and the famous Chapultepec Castle. Dating back to the colonial era, leaders spent summers in the castle until Lázaro Cárdenas dedicated the entire area as a public space that all Mexicans and tourists can enjoy in 1939. You can catch a trolley to the top of the hill for 10 pesos or hoof it like we did for free. Either way, you can see a 360 degree view of Mexico City in the same manner that Spanish viceroys, Emperor Maximilian I, and long-time dictator Porforio Díaz did for well over one-hundred years.

Inside the castle, you can see dozens of murals by artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemete Orozco as well as gems like Emiliano Zapata’s signature, Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg and Porfirio Díaz’s toilet. There are still plenty of rooms in the castle that have been preserved as they were when Emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota lived there, if ogling period finery is your thing. No matter who you are, it is well worth the 57 pesos to get through the front gate.

Imagemonument to Los Niños Heroes

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10 peso trolley

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a cactus with a bunch of names carved on its leaves

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La llegada de los generales Zapata y Villa al Palacio Nacional el 6 de diciembre de 1914 by  Arnold Belkin

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Emiliano Zapata’s signature

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The six photos above are of Del Porfirismo a la Revolucióby David Alfaro Siquieros

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View of a fraction of Mexico City

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Emperor Maximilian I

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another fraction of the city

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and another

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Carlota’s bathtub

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Porfirio Díaz’s toilet

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rooftop garden with thrilled kid sitting on fountain

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Los Niños Heroes monument at ground level

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Los Niños Heroes monument from above

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exterior staircase

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Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg

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