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About Cuernavaca


Considered for centuries to be one of the world’s best resorts, Cuernavaca is being rediscovered as people worldwide search for security, tranquility and a relaxed lifestyle. An hour south of Mexico City at 5,000 feet, Cuernavaca commands a fertile tropical valley surrounded by ancient mountains. In the distance are the majestic peaks of Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl. Unlike many resorts, Cuernavaca is not a new city. Its history is one of its charms.

Before Europeans “discovered” Mexico, Aztec kings had found this verdant paradise with its natural thermal spas and the best climate on earth. Following them, the Conquistador Hernán Cortes, ruler of all Mexico, chose to build his palace here–where it remains today. Three hundred years later, another Mexican ruler, Emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg, vacationed on a small coffee plantation, now the State Ethno botanical Museum. The Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata rode his white horse across this countryside in the early 20th Century and later, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, wealthy enough to live anyplace, built a Japanese house and Kabuki theatre which still fascinate local visitors.

Modern health and beauty spas, old churches and haciendas, sidewalk cafes, a lively arts scene and traditional fiestas, language schools and first-rate health care, good restaurants, restful gardens, shopping, tennis and four golf courses are a few of Cuernavaca’s attractions. If you’re looking for more, just ask someone for it. It’s probably here, along with the best climate in the world.