There’s quite a few parks in Mexico City. Chapultepec is the grandest, and as far as I know the largest. And the most vigorously maintained. Most parks are small, and too many of them are a bit worse for wear. Although there’s plenty of nice ones to take a Sunday afternoon stroll through.
Today I went to Parque Tezozomoc, in the north of the city (map no. 35), near Metro Roasario. This is a largish park by Mexico City standards, and pretty well looked after. I actually had to go into an office and get a permit to take photographs. It also has a sizeable artificial lake.
I took a photo of a poster in the park keepers office, which is in the image below. If the shape of the lake looks familiar, that’s because it was designed to be a replica of Lake Texcoco, which once covered most of modern day Mexico City before the Spanish drained it. It even has the island of Tenochtitlan.
But the best thing about this lake? It’s home to a colony of turtles. Read Eared Sliders (or terrapins in the UK), which can be seen swimming, basking, hiding in long grass and clambering around on rocks all over the place. The water is green, like all artifical lakes in Mexico City, from algae I assume. I’m not much of a lakeologist, so you’d have to ask someone who knows.
But the water must be clean. And there must be a plentiful supply of food. There have been turtles swimming around in this lake for decades. In fact, some of the big ones have probably personally been swimming around this lake for decades. Fish too. And there’s plenty of ducks. It’s quite busy and I’m told visitors throw in food for the fish and turtles at weekends.
If you think you know what I am thinking, you’re probably thinking along the right lines. It’s a definite candidate. More than a candidate I’d say. It’s a beautiful little spot, as you can see from the photos I took – click here. The lake isn’t too big, nor too small. I’ll run it past Bob after he’s had his dinner…