Above: Chapultepec Lake in front of the Mexico City skyline

The Bosque de Chapultepec, in the heart ofMexico City, is the largest urban park in Latin America and almost double the size of New York’s Central Park. Meaning “hill of the grasshopper,” this vast 1,695-acre green expanse is a pleasant place in which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. And because the trees in Chapultepec continuously produce oxygen, they help to mitigate the city’s chronic pollution. The park encompasses nine museums, two amusement parks, a cemetery, lakeside restaurants, a zoo famous for its successful breeding program for pandas, the official presidential residenceLos Pinosand two artificial lakes, where rowboats and paddleboats can be rented by the hour.

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