Cumbres Del Ajusco National Park, Mexico City

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Cumbres del Ajusco National Park is one of many national parks near Mexico City, DF. The Ajusco is known for its high elevations reaching 3,900 meters (12,795 ft) above sea level and is visible from any part of Mexico city. The park is characterized by pine-oak forests and high mountain grassland. Cumbres del Ajusco means "watered grove peaks", an appropriate name for this mountainous region covered with lush green forest with many flowers due to a fair amount of precipitation. The Balsas and Lerma rivers begin in the heart of the Cumbres del Ajusco.This range accounts for approximately half of the area of the Mexican Federal District, the rest of which is occupied by Mexico City. The area is key to the conservation of the ecosystem important to endemic species. Urbanization of Mexico city has posed several environmental concerns over the preservation of the habitats and ecosystems of the park.HistoryThe Cumbres del Ajusco has attracted humans since approximately 1200 BC; Otomíes are thought to have been the first to inhabit the Ajusco area. During the pre-Columbian Era, an area now known as Tlalpan was inhabited by natives known as Tepanecas along the San Buenaventura River.During the 17th century, the Viceroyalty of New Spain made it a state policy to find all rural indigenous populations living in the mountainous areas of the Cumbres del Ajusco., and resettle them in a smaller area so that they could be converted to Christianity. Today there still remains many old Spanish missions and churches along the edge of the Cumbres del Ajusco.
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  • I started in Mexico city, on Christmas Day 2015 from downtown were I lived, and took the train and bus. Two and half hour later I took off from the bus and walked through the landscape and continued u...  more »
  • I hiked Ajusco Mountain on a Saturday morning, and I loved it. You get almost to 13,000 feet with a little bit of technical ridge climbing toward the summit. My only recommendation is to go on a day w...  more »
  • I had the opportunity to go to the village of Santo Tomás Ajusco, better known as the village of Ajusco, located in the heart of this National Park, and although honestly gave me a little scared by it that I felt of civilization, far worth enjoying the beautiful landscapes offered by the mountains, see these large tracts of land covered with pines and mist for a moment you can not believe you're in the city of Mexico, the Ajusco seems more like a rural and natural environment far from the modernity of the city. There are some activities to outdoor activities that some people perform as camping, gotcha, etc. There are no many shops or stores. It is a walk for people wishing to enjoy the outdoors and nature. Because of its high location on meters above the sea level, it almost always is a place warm or cold, so it is not advisable to go in rainy season.
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  • A lot of open space
  • 🐕 100% petfriendly 🚲 200% bikefriendly Genial.
  • Great place to hike, different levels, great views, guides highly recommended!
  • One demanding spot for cycling. Go climbers!
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