When I first visited, there was a park literally two minutes from Jaime’s apartment in Mexico City. I was passing by for almost two weeks before I decided to change my route and stop walking the streets only. I thought it was a regular park, but when Jaime told me it is also known as an outdoor museum I finally took a camera and went for a stroll.
It was raining the day before and I was pretty concerned the rain is going to start when I’ll be in the park, but I was lucky. However, the weather was better for sleeping than for taking pictures and parts of the park were flooded so my stroll was somehow limited. Even the weather was bad, I met lots of walkers, dog walkers and runners in the park.
Briefly, Luis G. Urbina Park is located on the border of Extremadura Insurgentes and Nochebuena colonies in the southwestern part of Mexico City. Because of its topography, it is better known as Parque Hundido (“Sunken Park”). In the past, it was the location of Christmas trees’ forest and after Avenida de los Insurgentes was paved and widened at the beginning of 20th century, the park was made. Nowadays, the park is popular among parents with children, cyclists, runners and dog walkers.
Outdoor museum in Parque Hundido
Since 1972, the park has an enviable collection of 51 pieces of pre-Columbian art which make it an outdoor museum. The art is distributed in various parts of the park, organized by five different sections and five archeological routes were organized: Mayan route, Oaxacan route, highlands route, Olmec’s route and Totonac and Huestec route. Each route has been marked with a different color line on the trails through the park (red, blue, green, yellow and purple). The art is relatively good preserved, but it is really a shame that almost none of it has a table with the explanation.
Besides the art, in the park, you can also find a Floral Clock created by a famous watchmaker from Puebla, a statue of Vincente Guerrero (hero of the Independence of Mexico), an audiorama where you can listen to classical music and poetry, children playground and paying bathroom facilities.
Parque Hundido is a great place for a short walk, run or just to spend some nice time in nature if you want to escape from chaotic Mexico City. However, as much as I heard it is not safe during the night when it becomes a meeting place for prostitutes, so limit your visits on a daytime only.
Location: Avenida de los Insurgentes Sur, Colonia Extremadura Insurgentes, Benito Juárez, 03740 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México
Great for: morning or afternoon run, relaxing stroll or dog walk
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