The Chapultepec forest in Mexico City was transformed into one of the most important urban parks in the world. In an area of 678 hectares, it houses historical sites, museums, green areas and recreational spaces, such as the Chapultepec carousel.
A great park for the Chapultepec carousel
Certainly, the park was one of the distinguished works of the government of Porfirio Díaz, who in 1895 appointed a commission to transform it into a public recreation site.
At that time, the inspiration came from the few cities that at the beginning of the 20th century had amusement fairs or tívolis, as recreational spaces are known in Europe.
Therefore, over the years the forest has been modified, but always maintaining its identity as a recreational park. Thus, in 1964 the mechanical games, the artificial lake, the Tlaloc fountains, the Chapultepec Train and the Natural History Museum were incorporated.
Arrival in Mexico
Many years later, in 2010, the carousel arrived from abroad at the Alameda Central in the Historic Center, as part of the celebrations of the bicentennial of Independence and the centennial of the Revolution. The ride cost $20 pesos.
And eight years later, in 2018, the carousel was relocated to the first section of Chapultepec, where to this day it is enjoyed by children and adults.
Chapultepec traveling carousel
This carousel is a historical relic of great beauty. It is known that he was in Venice, Italy, hence his decorations of water channels and gondolas; then he emigrated to Chicago and finally arrived in Mexico.
It is a Venetian-type fixture, hand-painted, with hardwood floors, French molding, and two levels connected by stairs. Like all of them, it is musical and seems to come out of a fairy tale.
In addition, it is eleven meters high, 42 fiberglass steeds that go up and down, several carriages from other times and at night it is illuminated by 2,500 spotlights. Its capacity is for 70 people and each tour lasts 3 minutes.
We invite you to visit it! It can be part of a plan for children, since it is very close to the Fuente de las Ranas and the House of Mirrors, in the first section of the Chapultepec forest. It has a cost of $15 pesos and the schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.