Attractions in Cuernavaca, Mexico

by Michael Monet
Purchase pottery made by locals.

Purchase pottery made by locals.

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Cuernavaca is the capital of Morelos, Mexico and a popular local and tourist city. Cuernavaca is a derivative of the Nahuatl word "Cuauhnahuac," and the architectural evidence of the Nahuatl people remains one of the most exciting aspects of visiting this city. Cathedrals, palaces, gardens, museums, parks and other stunning attractions await Cuernavaca visitors.

Teopanzolco Archaeological Site

The Teopanzolco Archeological Site represents Cuernavaca before Spanish conquerors arrived. The survival of these Tlahuica and Tlaloc-Hutzilopochtli temples and buildings through Spanish rule makes this rare spot one of the most important architectural sites of its type. Visitors view places of worship, including a temple and double-temple, as well as artwork representing the Tlahuica and Tlaloc-Hutzilopochtli cultures.

Palacio de Cortes

The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes is famous for conquering the Aztec empire during his march through Mexico. In Cuernavaca, Cortes spent time living in a medieval fortress on top of a hill. Today, this historical building is open for viewing to the general public, representing the oldest example of this type of architecture on the American continent. Visiting this palace and museum also gives you access to a handful of art pieces by Diego Rivera.

The Cathedral

When visiting the site of The Cathedral, tourists find three churches and a chapel dating back to the 16th century. The chapel itself was built by Hernan Cortes and doubled as a fortress with high walls, cannons and other military additions. During restoration work to the site, 17th century frescoes of the martyr Philip de Jesus were found and put up on the walls. Among the notable architecture in the attached churches are three high arches and flying buttresses.

San Anton Waterfall

If you prefer outdoor and natural attractions, the San Anton Waterfall is a popular site of natural beauty in Cuernavaca. The entrance to the waterfall is decorated with clay pottery and ornamental plants created by local Cuernavacans, which visitors can purchase. Once you arrive at the waterfall, climb the long stone staircase behind the cascade.

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