The capital of the state of Morelos, Cuernavaca is a quaint colonial city surrounded by undulating hills and dissected by narrow cobbled streets situated about an hour and a half south of Mexico City.
The city is well known for its mild climate which lasts all year round and it is this that has attracted the wealthier residents of Mexico City to use Cuernavaca as a convenient retreat from the capital, a place to get away from the hustle and bustle and to relax and unwind.
History and culture in Cuernavaca
It is not only the climate of Cuernavaca that attracts people to the city — it also has become a stronghold for art, history and language schools and its historical richness and striking scenery combine to make the city an intriguing destination not only to locals but tourists as well.
As with many cities in Mexico, Cuernavaca's architecture includes examples originating from the Aztec and Tlahuica cultures that inhabited the area well before the arrival of the Spanish.
As the Spanish began to exert their influence throughout Latin America the city started to display many of the architectural and cultural influences of Spain at the time and during the 16th Century Emperor Charles V gave Cuernavaca to the conquistador Hernán Cortés whose legacy remains evident in some of the city's most striking features to this day.
The best example of this exists today in the form of the Historical Museum of Cuauhnahuac which was originally built in 1592 as the Palacio de Cortés.
Suggested itineraries featuring Cuernavaca
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Cuernavaca, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Cuernavaca
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Places near Cuernavaca
- Taxco 36 miles away
- Mexico City 37 miles away
- Teotihuacán 59 miles away
- Puebla 69 miles away
- Querétaro 139 miles away
- Morelia 139 miles away
- San Miguel de Allende 170 miles away
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 176 miles away
- The Colonial Cities 177 miles away
- Guanajuato 196 miles away
- Veracruz 203 miles away
- Oaxaca 210 miles away
- Huatulco 298 miles away
Photos of Cuernavaca
Accommodation choices for Cuernavaca
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Cuernavaca. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
From the street, Las Mananitas is an inconspicuous low rise colonial building but behind the façade is an elegant colonial hotel with stunning gardens, an outdoor swimming pool, spacious characterful suites and friendly staff who are always willing to help.