Cuernavaca is a privileged spot in the world, its year round fabulous weather is ideal for visiting any time of the year. It is home to a diverse array of cultural and historical attractions, the ones we recommend are:
The Palace of Cortés
It is the oldest conserved colonial era civil structure on the continental Americas, being almost 500 years old. The building began as a fortified residence for Hernán Cortés. It was built in 1526. After restoration work in the 1970s, the building was converted into the Museo Regional Cuauhnahuac. You can find here, among many historic pieces, murals of the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera.
The Cuernavaca Cathedral
A XVI century baroque construction, is the main church of what was the monastery of the Third Order of the Franciscans called La Asunción. It sits on the southeast corner of a large atrium which also contains a number of other chapels, which were built at different times and with different architectural styles. This complex is located at the intersection of Hidalgo and Morelos streets, a few blocks west of the town center.
The home/studio at Cuernavaca, where Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), lived during the last ten years of his life, is now the core of a new museum and cultural production centre. It aims to recover the cultural role of the legendary site by turning it into an active museum, workshop, artist residency and meeting point for the production and criticism of art.
Robert Brady Museum
In the shadow of the Cathedral of Cuernavaca the Casa de la Torre houses a unique collection of fine and decorative arts from all over the world. The visitor will enjoy a house-museum created in a portion of a massive adobe and stone XVI century Franciscan Monastery. This collection was assembled by Robert Brady (1928-1986). Born in Iowa. He established residence in Venice, Italy for five years before settling in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1962.
The Borda Garden
It is one of the most famous monuments in Cuernavaca, it was the residence of rich families since the colonial times, it was chosen by its location besides the Cathedral. The residence never lost its attraction for the rich and important persons, and in 1865 the Emperors Maximilian of Hapsburg and Carlota chose this place as their summer residence. The Emperors offered spectacular Gala Receptions in the Gardens and in the ornamental lake.
Teopanzolco Archaeological Ruins
They are Located in the Northern section of the city. Teopanzolco is a Nahuatl word which means “The place of the old Temple”. The original inhabitants of the area were the Tlahuicas, a sub group of the Nahuatl culture. Teopanzolco is located on top of a hill that was formed by lava that came from the large volcanic explosion that closed the southern part of the Mexican valley.
The Ruins of Xochicalco
The ancient ruined city of Xochicalco is a stunning archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Morelos, not too far from Cuernavaca. The site was inhabited roughly between 200 and 900 A.D. Highlights of the excavated city include an excellent museum, the acropolis, the ball court, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent and the Observatory.
The Convents Route
Formed by 28 ancient sanctuaries, the Morelos Convent Route has become an essential travel. Mostly built during the first century of Colony, these historic venues were started by Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians at the beginning of their construction. These ancient fortresses were designed based on the European monasteries, but adapted to the region circumstances.
It is located in the heart of the Tepoztlan Valley, 20 minutes from Cuernavaca. Its name is derived from Nahuatl and means “place of abundant copper” or “place of the broken rocks. According to myth, Tepoztlan is the birthplace over 1200 years ago of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god widely-worshipped in ancient Mexico. The town is a popular tourist destination. It is famous for the remains of a temple built on top of the nearby Tepozteco mountain, as well as for the handcrafts and the exotic ice cream flavors prepared by the locals.
The lake is located in Tequesquitengo occupying part of the municipalities of Jojutla and Ixtla Bridge, south of the State of Morelos, 36 km from the city of Cuernavaca and 111 km from Mexico City, now shines as one of most frequented by vacationers destinations. The climate is warm subtropical with summer rains and an average temperature of 28 ° Celsius. Thanks to its climate, it has a variety of wildlife such as bream, iguanas, raccoon, badger, skunk, armadillo, among others; vegetation is deciduous forest, where the trees lose their leaves almost completely during the drought and bloom early in the rainy season.
It is located 49 km southeast of Cuernavaca, in Tlaltizapan. It is a park of 24 ha. surrounded by lush greenery and framed by a bubbling emanating about 7000 liters per second of pure water. This attractive location offers a crystal clear river water ideal for diving or snorkeling; here you can rent equipment and take classes for both activities.