This zoo is one of the largest and most varied in Latin America with more than 3500 specimens and 400 species. Highlights include the aquarium, snake house and playground. It offers a night time tour, and there’s a train inside the park too, as well as wonderful picnic spaces and a very entertaining place to leave your little monkeys.
The expert view
- With its large number of species and huge grounds, it’s one of the most important zoos in the country.
- The ex governor of Michoácan, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, officially named the zoo after Benito Juarez in 1981./li>
- Over a million visitors each year enjoy the huge range of animals, natural beauty, artifitial lake with boats and the wonderful facilities.
- The ‘selva mexicana’, or Mexican jungle, is one of the main attractions, with 14 jungle animals incuding jaguars and parrots.
- What to wear
Use comfortable clothes like shorts or jeans and a t-shirt along with some comfortable shoes so you can walk around the park in comfort. Sun block, a hat and sunglasses are also a good idea.
- What to eat
You can take your own food to enjoy in one of the many kiosks that serve as picnic areas. If you’re still peckish there’s a small restaurant inside the zoo called ‘La casa del Mole’, with delicious regional food. There are also a range of kiosks selling snacks.
- What to buy
Inside the zoo there’s a souvenir store offering t-shirts, hats, key rings, stuffed toys, pens and much more.
Street vendors outside the gates have a lot to offer, from chopped fruits and chips to bubble machines and sunglasses.
- Other tips
You can buy packages of different activities to save money. This means that you can visit the reptile house and aquarium and make use of the train and the row boats. You’ll need a full day to enjoy all that the zoo as to offer.
- If you enjoy spending time in nature, a visit to Bosque Cuauhtémoc is highly recommended. It’s an urban forest full of lush vegetation, with open spaces to play sports and a playground for the kids.
- The historic center of Morelia is pretty close by, with its majestic Cathedral, fine arches, the Clavijero cultural center and a wide range of museums.
- The natural history museum is just a 10-minute drive from the zoo, inside Bosque Cuauhtémoc.
- On Avenida Camelinas, 5 minutes by car from the zoo, you’ll find a nice modern mall for a bit of shopping or relaxation.