Cuernavaca Travel Guide

  • Hernan Cortes Palace
    Hernan Cortes Palace
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  • The plaque before the Cathedral
    The plaque before the Cathedral
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  • The frescoes inside the Cathedral
    The frescoes inside the Cathedral
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Cuernavaca Things to Do

  • Visit the UNESCO places

    One of the main reason to visit Cuernavaca was because it has a UNESCO monastery (today the cathedral) under MOnasteries on the slopes of the Popocatepelt. The sign of the picture was taken before the cathedral.

  • Tepoztlan, Magic town and ceremonial...

    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...

  • teopanzolco ruins

    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...

  • Brady Museum

    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...

  • Salto de San Anton

    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.

  • Brady Museum

    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...

  • Cathedral

    Near the center of the town,there is a cathedral,one of the oldiest in Mexico.It is built in 1552.,and beautiful paintings.

  • Waterfall

    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.

  • Piramides - view

    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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Cuernavaca Restaurants

  • One of Mexico's Best

    One of Mexico's most famous restaurants is here in Cuernavaca. The garden terraces are indeed glorious with pools and fountains. You can also stay here - but prices are very high starting at well over $100 a night. Dinner is not cheap either. The menu of the day was 410 pesos, though you can spend less - and eat less - with the ala carte menu....

  • Best fun spot to eat

    Although mexican fare is my favorite cuisine by far, Italian is a close second. Compared to the homemade food we ate every day at our host-family's house, restaurant grub really didn't compare and good Italian just sounded SO good after a long day of exploring. Marco Polo is a very happening joint but keeps it real, and homey feeling. The food is...

  • Huazontles and real mexican food

    Besides being a very traditional and well known by locals and tourist, this place is really colorful on it´s decoration, mexican crafts all over and tortillas are home made,,, what else to say they had great quesadillas , soups , chiles rellenos, moles and most important food you cannot find in other regions of Mexico as huazontles(local herb that...

  • la mejor cesina.....according to my...

    Great and huge quesadillas with all kind of salsas and guacamole, goood tacos and sopes.. cheap prices,,quesadillas were 20 pesos(1.50 dls) this is favorite of local people, no one can leave Cuernavaca without stopping by... quesadillas yummy

  • Avoid This Place

    This place has a great location across from the Cortez palace, beside the zocalo, and is attractively decorated. Outdoor terrace has great potential. On two visits the staff was unfriendly and unprofessional. Margaritas were sour, unpleasant and small. Mango soup was well chilled and attractive but little flavour as it tasted diluted with water....

  • Las Margaritas Restaurant

    Nice hotel's restaurant with a great view of Cuernavaca. Its sundays' buffet offers both Mexican and international food. On the tablecloth there's paper and crayons so you can let your inner Picasso come out to draw your own master piece! Pozole!!


Cuernavaca Nightlife

  • Romance

    On the main square there was something that I can not forget,and I think you can only find in Mexico.There was a lot of older people dancing,and dancing real good and very pasioned.Music was very good,like tango,ca-ca-ca,and they were dancing so preety that I watched them for long long time. Nothing special

  • Lots of nightlife-if you know where to...

    We went to all four of the nightclubs listed. The secret is to knowing which night belongs to each club. Everyone has a favorite club depending on the night. Tues. is Harry's, Thurs belongs to Mombos. Mombos also offers salsa and marange dance lessons on Thur/Sat, but get there on time as they won't let you in once they have started. The party gets...

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Cuernavaca Transportation

  • The bus system or the Rutas

    Getting around Cuernavaca is fairly easy once you figure it out. They have a bus system with their own routes. They refer to these buses as Ruta 18 or Ruta 15. The number specifies the route the bus takes. Each bus can cost a different amount of money, usually never more than 5 pesos. As you see the white buses drive by, in the front left corner it...

  • Mexican bus confusions...

    Well as all the other bigger cities in Mexico, Cuernavaca as well has several bus stations and they are located at a decent distance from each other. I used 3 of them - 2 for long distance transport (once coming from Mexico City and other time when I went to Acapulco) and one for local. The local one is the most confusing and it represents a...

  • Pullman de Morelos

    Pullman is one of the bus companies serving Cuernavaca. Luxury buses run directly to the ariport at Benito Juarez in Mexico City in about 2 hours for 100 pesos. This is the easiest way to get to Cuernavaca. There is both smoking and no-smoking sections on the bus. The first bus is at 4:01 AM and that is the one we took when returning to the...


Cuernavaca Shopping

  • Actual craftsman with beautiful work

    I was a little disappointed to go to the Craft Market and find that the booths sold pretty much the same stuff sold elsewhere in Mexico and that the items were not made by the people selling them EXCEPT for on booth I will recommend. There was a young Mexican Indian fellow who had a booth in the back corner (check all four corners, you'll find him....

  • Local peddlers

    As in any place with tourists there are locals trying to make a buck. The trick is to know which peddlers you should buy from. If they're looking ok in their clothes and are not pushing too hard or don't look desperate just say, No gracias and move on. If you see a small family in rags trying to sell you something handmade, buy yourself a...

  • Marketplace

    A large canvas tent next door to the castle houses a variety of vendors selling nealry every Mexican souvenier that you might think of from pottery to vanilla. The quality of some many of the items here was marginal but walking through the stalls is noteworthy.


Cuernavaca Local Customs


    The Quincennaria is a very big event in a young girl's life. It is her official coming out party and the girl is dressed in finery for the event. Family and friends come together at the local church to help her celebrate her coming of age. She gets some instruction first from the priest and then heads out for the party.

  • Wedding Celebrations

    If you have never partaken in a Mexican Wedding, you must.A traditional wedding consist of one factor, having fun.We danced the night away in a beautiful environment with several forms of music, consisting of a three man xylophone, live band, dj, and to end the night a full mariachi band.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Cuernavaca What to Pack

  • Bring comfortable shoes, and don't bulk...

    IF you are a woman travelling, do not bring a huge purse. Especially if you are not skiddish and plan to ride the local bus or plan to do much walking. I had a medium size purse (enough for say 3 pocket phrase books, my wallet, digital camera, cell phone, and a small make-up bag) and it was totally in the way. Bring something small that you can...

  • Don't forget your sunblock cream!

    I learned to my great dismay and pain that the sun in Cuernavaca can burn your skin in 2 hours as effectively as it does in Cancun. Don't forget to pack some sunblock and use it - or get "lobsterized" :)

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Cuernavaca Off The Beaten Path

  • Meditate and Watch Frogs

    Chintamani is a retreat centre located just outside Cuernavaca in the Cuautla Valley, near Yautepec. It runs regular meditation, yoga, and other retreats which are open to all. The setting is beautiful, surrounded by hills and the place is crammed with wildlife; birds, butterflies, frogs, and even scorpions! If you are staying around Cuernavaca for...

  • la casa del brujo...(shaman house´s)

    This Hidden place might not be very touristic but God is odd... located at callejon del diablo..the facade has everything from skeletons,devils,and demons,,, thats scary, apparently this guy has healing powers and lots of locals and people from abroad makes an appoinment to get healed, tarot is read as well among other services,, close to main...

  • los chinelos dancers

    This traditional dancers represents the state of Morelos,the history tells ,that because they were trying to make fun of the Spaniards, they came up with this satiric dance and exotic customes..beards as the spaniards had and colorful tunics and hats,, music beat is contagious and the way they dance is very peculiar.. they are welcomming you when...


Cuernavaca Favorites

  • Spanish for Lawyers

    Recently I decided that I was in dire need of a vacation, but I wanted to work on my spanish a bit as well. I chose a school called "Chac-mool." The staff is competent, yet laid back. I am a lawyer, so I studied legal spanish in a private class in the afternoon; general spanish in a small class in the morning. I highly recommend it. Most of the...

  • Flowers and spring-like weather

    Visiting the zocalo, watching people, buying a licuado and a newspaper, then going to one of the restaurants nearby and slowly sipping a capuccino at a sidewalk table at a restaurant on or near the zocalo, watching the pedestrian traffic flow, and letting the tides of the day wash over my consciousness, it not being important whether I was alone or...

  • Sittin in the Morning Sun

    Cuernavaca is a favorite weekend getaway for residents of Mexico City. Once out of the city the drive took about an hour and a half. Cuernavaca sees it's most favorable weather between the months of October and May.


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