Museums and Chapultepec Park

Trip Start Jul 09, 2012
Trip End Jul 23, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Friday, July 13, 2012

Today was one of the hilights that I had been waiting for.  I went to visit the national anthropological museum in Mexico City.  I around early in the morning and stayed about four hours going through the first floor which was dedicated to different periods and cultures in Mexico's history.  The first room was interesting as it intended to show basic human evolution and development.  Hilights for me were the rooms showcasing Aztec, Maya and Olmec.  The Aztec room was massive and with a giant Aztec calendar.  I've seen replicas but this was the real one!  The collection of artifacts and statues was so extensive and amazing!  Then in the Maya room the highlight was that they brought the newly discovered tomb of the king from the ruins of Palenque and set it up here at the museum.  Of course the hilight for the Olmec room was the giant head sculptures.

After the museum I went for an authentic lunch including shrimp tacos and enchiladas as recommended by the waiter.

Next I walked over to Chapultepec Park.  It's like Mexico City's own Central Park.  It may even be larger; not sure.  There were endless vendors all over.  I visited the free zoo.  It was pretty good, but I can't complain when it was all free.  As I left the zoo it began to rain, just as it does daily in this rainy season in Mexico City.  Fortunately I found some cover under some trees for about an hour.

Later I visited the Castle of Chapulterpec.  It was up on top of a hill so it provided great views of the city from the top.  This hill was once home to Aztecs and Toltecs.  The springs from here once provided the water to Tenochtitlan.  Construction of the castle, though, began in 15.  In the 19th century it became the headquarters for Mexico's military academy.  The castle later became the presidential palace for about six different presidents of Mexico.  Now it serves as the National Museum of History.

In the late afternoon I sat outside and enjoyed some beers.  At PM I met up in a tour.  We went to a Pulqueria and I tried my first glass of pulque.  Mine was flavored coconut but there were other flavors too.  Not bad.  Not good.  But it was fun to try in a place where the locals go to drink.  At Pm we arrived at the stadium for Mexico City's famous wrestling.  It was pretty boring, but still a fun experience to try.  When in Rome, right?

I arrived back to the hostel about 11:PM and had some beers and empanadas on the pedestrian street.

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