Just outside the historic center of Cuernavaca you'll find Salto de San Anton, a thirty-metre waterfall loved by the local community. To reach the waterfall cross the Independencia bridge and turn right on Preciado. Follow the street until you see a little chapel; this is at the corner of Calle del Salto. Follow del Salto all the way to the end, past some beautiful nurseries and you'll reach the entrance. Take the stairs down to see the waterfall and learn about this natural area; you'll also see a path that leads right behind the waterfall (this path was closed on my visit, maybe it will open again in the future?). Admission is free but the gates are locked at 6:00 pm nightly.
I don't know why, but something about the Cathedral of Cuernavaca is just... creepy. Eerie. It could be the dark, bare interior. The small red lights. The dark wood. The dark doorways and hidden corners. It looks more like a haunted house than a church. The most recent round of renovations occured in the late 1950s, and that was when they replaced many of the classic elements with the bare, modernist features you'll see today. Don't miss the walls, which feature the remains of murals painted in the 1600s by an unknown artist who is believed to have hailed from Asia and been helped in his painting by local indigenous peoples.
Jardin Borda is a huge garden located in the center of Cuernavaca. Originally built by silver magnate Jose de la Borda as a vacation home, his son later developed it into the garden it is today. Or, the garden it once was, I should say. Because today the gardens are in crumbling shambles, halfheartedly maintained and generally quite miserable. In the center of the garden there is a waterway with rowboats for rent, though there is nothing but cement seating to see as you paddle. The buildings at the entrance often hold temporary exhibits; when I visited most were filled with some kind of regional art competition (yikes!) though there was some interesting contemporary art. It's interesting to imagine the gardens in a more prosperous time, when they might have hosted visiting nobility or national celebrities.
Museo Robert Brady is one of the coolest museums I've ever visited. Located in the former home of American artist Robert Brady, the museum has preserved his actual living (and cooking, and lounging...) quarters while also maintaining his original collection of more than 1300 pieces of eclectic art. There are gorgeous pink and orange bedrooms decorated with Asian sculptures, hallways whose walls don't have another inch on which to hang a painting, elegantly tiled soaker tubs, meticulously manicured gardens and even a completed beaded table topped with three miniature beaded bird figurines. The attention to detail in each room is extraordinary, and it would be impossible to leave without at least one new design idea for your own home.
Palacio de Cortes was built as a home for Hernan Cortes and his wife in the 1500s, directly atop a sacred Aztec site (thanks, Hernan). Over the years the building was expanded, renovated and preserved, and today it houses the Museo Regional Cuauhnahuac. Walking through the building you can imagine how each room may have been used, either by Cortes himself or by those who used it later (for example, when it served as a prison). The museum exhibits are wonderful, covering the history of Morelos through both art and artifacts. Some of the outer balcony areas offer lovely views of the city, as well. The highlight, though, is a series of murals and sketches that Diego Rivera created for one of the upper hallways. The monochromatic grisailles show the conquest of Mexico, while the colorful murals show the history and conquest of Morelos specifically.
This place is some of those little towns stucked in time...stoned streets, all colors from handcrafts all the way to The Tepozteco mountain that dominates views from Tepoztlán,fresh air, great smells...and the Tepoztlan pyramid welcoming you at the end of your climb,,make sure you wear tennis shoes as the climb to the top is around an hour, 45 min if great physical condition..after a long way all fatigue will dissapear with the majestic view from the view...The church patio and atrium is so different from other and the market outside is fenomenal..the plaza with it´s Kiosko is so vivid..Must see..
This little archeological site, worth a visit especially cause you dont have to drive much , is within the city,,, believe it or not , the day i went i felt so tired and with no energy at all as the day was hot and I was hungry.. as soon as i climbed the main pyramid i felt super charged,, was a very extrange feeling... the panorama is great from there even though this pyramid was not really tall, according to the info provided in site.. seems that the place had big potential on growing up and be a relly important city for the Tlahuicas (indigenous who lived there) tour wont last more than an hour
It was the house of Robert Brady, a rich American man who settlen in Mexico in 1962 after living in Venice. He travelled during all his life and during those travels, he collected their paintings and primitive art from Africa, America, India, Asia and Mexico. The house-museum has 14 colorful rooms which they are in the same conditions Brady left them.
He was the host of Charlie Chaplin and many more political and artistical celebrities.
Brady died in 1986. Don't you miss it!!!
Less than 1 km from the centre of the city is the Salto de San Anton. This 40 metre waterfall, situated in the the village renowned for its pottery, is a lovely little spot, and a walkway has been built so that you can actually walk behind the waterfall.
You'd have to go onlie to do the REAL research on this place. In short, American guy (from the midwest) studies art, lives in New York, Europe and acquires an extensive collection of some of the worlds greatest art pieces (including Mexican folk art) and settles in Mexico.
What I loved about this museum is that its a fantastic house with a courtyard, swimming pool, lovely decorated rooms and baths. He had eclectic taste and really KNEW how to show and live among his pieces.
I HIGHLY recommend it!