Mexico City is not just one of the most populated cities on the planet, it is incredible dense in its population too. In fact arriving here can feel pretty full on, because there are just so many people in such a small space. With this being said however, if you are looking to get some fresh air and to enjoy the great outdoors, you can still do that here in the city. There are a number of options here, whether you have a car or not, which you can use to have a great time in some fresh air during your time in Mexico City.
This is a huge national park which can be found towards the south of the city. The drive from the centre of the city will take around an hour to an hour and a half, but this is not somewhere you can access via public transport. This is a huge area of forest and woodland, which offers the perfect refreshment from the hustle and bustle of the city. The area is mainly divided up into various ranches which offer a huge range of activities such as go-karting, quad biking, horse riding and climbing to name just a few. The food and drinks are particularly great here, and you can expect to spend the day at one of the ranches.
Th park in Chapultepec is the biggest urban park in the word, larger than the likes of Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London. There is so much fun to be had here and you can spend hours wandering through the park’s 3 sections. Families will love the boating lake and the fun-fair here, as well as the wide range of food options available. If you have plenty of time on your hands then you can take a tour around the castle, and enjoy a drink or a snack in the restaurant and the cafe which you will find inside the park. This is a great place for walking and cycling, and a lovely way to get a break from the chaos of the city.
Another great option for hiking is to go to Los Dinamos, which is actually in nearby Mexico State, this was my favorite trip in the city when I recently visited my friend Javier Burillo down there. This is about an hour west of the city and it offers some pretty tough climbs to those walking and cycling. There are plenty of food options throughout the park, yet this is a much more rugged place than the likes of La Marquesa. Los Dinamos makes for a great day out and you can find some beautiful waterfalls and hiking routes which have stunning views from the top of the rocks. Whilst it may be close to Mexico City, there is no doubt that you will feel a million miles away when you stand at the top of the park, overlooking the forest below.
Easy breaks which you can take during your time in the city.