Lake House

Bosque de Chapultepec, Primera Seccion
Mexico City, DF - Map It

AAA Editor Notes

Lake House (Case del Lago) is in the heart of the park's oldest (eastern) section, on the western shore of Lake Chapultepec (Lago de Chapultepec). This elegant-looking building was built in the early 20th century as a summer home for Mexican president Porfirio Díaz. Today it functions as a cultural center, offering numerous workshops and classes open to the public. A short distance west of the lake is the park's Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico), featuring plants from the world's different climatic zones. Man-made Lake Chapultepec has cement banks and greenish-hued water that is not particularly clean. It's a very popular spot for families, especially on Sundays; go during the week for a more relaxed stroll past gardens and along walkways lined with souvenir stands and food vendors. Rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available.