The Bosque de San Juan de Aragón is a forest park of some 162,000 hectares. From Terminal One of the Mexico City airport, its about seven-minute drive. It’s a few minutes further to Terminal Two.
The park is today the best-known part of San Juan de Aragón, a historic original settlement in the area surrounding the park. It’s the second biggest park within the City. There’s lots of green areas but also a lake, kids games, and a scenic train. But the park is most famous for the San Juan de Aragón zoo which works cooperatively with the other zoos of the city.
The park originated in 1962 when the Federal District, the predecessor of Mexico City, expropriated most of the former Hacienda land to build housing units. Included in that development were sports fields, green areas, artificial lakes, and a zoo. The park and zoo opened in 1964. In 1972, an open-air theater was dedicated.
Over the years, the Bosque de San Juan de Aragón has continued to grow. The park underwent extensive renovations that began in 2019, and today it’s an important part of northeastern Mexico City. Most international visitors will want to check out the zoo. The surrounding neighborhoods hide some hidden treasures too.