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  • Diego Rivera Art at Palacio de Cortes
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    Walk to a Waterfall

    by Jetgirly Written Feb 25, 2012

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    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.

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    Get Creepy at the Cathedral

    by Jetgirly Written Feb 25, 2012
    Inside the Cathedral of Cuernavaca
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    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.

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    Gardens Galore... Sort Of

    by Jetgirly Written Feb 25, 2012
    Day of the Dead Storage at Jardin Borda
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    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.

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    Visit Your Mexican Dream House

    by Jetgirly Written Feb 25, 2012
    Sitting Area at Museo Robert Brady
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    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.

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    Walk in the Conquistadors' Footsteps

    by Jetgirly Written Feb 25, 2012
    Palacio de Cortes, Cuernavaca
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    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.

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    Tepoztlan, Magic town and ceremonial center

    by patricia1.nunez Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    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..

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    teopanzolco ruins

    by patricia1.nunez Written Apr 13, 2009

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    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

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    Brady Museum

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Dec 27, 2007
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    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!!!

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    Salto de San Anton

    by leffe3 Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    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.

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    Brady Museum

    by JeSuisJill Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    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!

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    Waterfall

    by SrdjanJovanovic Written Nov 20, 2005

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    They call it cascada,and it is located on the other side of the city then piramides,but it is worth of going.This is the highest waterfall in Mexico,and it has beautifful stairs around it,very beautiful.When you go,you will come on the bridge,and sudenly you find out that you are above waterfall.Well,here is it how it looks like.

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    Piramides - view

    by SrdjanJovanovic Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    This is view from the top of piramide.In the distance you can see some volcano,I think it is Popocatepetl,but I am not sure.There was no one to ask around,and my spanish is not perfect,so I couldnt find out.

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    Museo Robert Brady

    by jeh24 Written Dec 15, 2004

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    The Museo Robert Brady (Robert Brady Musuem) is so cool. It's a very eclectic art museum that was once the home of American Robert Brady. I forget Robert Brady's background and how he came to live in Cuernavaca.

    The museum is incredible. It's a very eclectic colorful collection of artifacts collected from all over the world. The architecture is fascinating as well.

    Unfortunately, you're not allowed to take pictures inside the museum and I didn't buy the book that details the museum in the gift shop. I regret it now. I intend to go back and visit this museum sometime in the future. It is truly one of the most amazing museums that I have ever visited.

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    Take in the View

    by jenn_d Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    Find a high point in town on a clear day and you might be lucky enough to see two of Mexico'' most famous volcanos looming in the distance.

    The previous days rains provided me with a stunning view of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.

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    Cathedrals and Chapels

    by jenn_d Written Jan 21, 2004

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    The cathedral as seen from the castle

    Just up the road from Castilla de Cortes lies the cathedral square which is protected by a large stone wall. The 16th century cathedral is distinguished by it's bell tower and should not be confused with the two smaller chapels on the same grounds.

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