Andrew home Photo gallery Mexico, 2003:
Mexico City

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The Monument of the Mexican Revolution, near the Paseo de la Reforma.

The very first day in Mexico City we saw an amazing number of neotropical migrants, including this bright red tanager, which might be either a hepatic tanager (found only in Mexico and the southwest U.S.A.) or a summer tanager (which we have only seen once before). This was taken in the Alameda, a large park on the north edge of downtown.

Jacqueline in front of the Monument to the Heroic Boys, in front of Chapultepec Castle, where the Mexican cadets died defending their country against Yankee invaders in 1846.

A close-up view of Chapultepec Castle, the "Halls of Montezuma" where General Scott's forces overwhelmed the last bastion of resistance in the capital city. This citadel was used as the presidential palace during much of the 19th century, and today it is a historical museum.

Andrew at Chapultepec castle. A tall skyscraper is visible to the right of the flag; the view of downtown Mexico City from the balcony on the other side is awesome.

Taking a ride on one of the colorful boats at the floating gardens of Xochimilco is pleasant way to relax, as long as you can put up with all the tourist-trap commercialism. This is located about 12 miles south of downtown Mexico City.

A church in the trendy, Bohemian district of Coyoacan, a few miles south of downtown Mexico City. This is where Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived. A protest banner called on President Fox not to give in to President Bush's pressure to support the U.S. military intervention in Iraq, which took place just a few weeks later.

The very last day in Mexico City we saw even more neotropical migrants, including this black-headed grosbeak, which summers in the western U.S.A. and Canada. This was one of FIVE life birds that we saw on that day alone!