Nicknamed the ‘City of the Eternal Spring’ thanks to its year-round warm weather and idyllic surroundings, Cuernavaca has long been a popular retreat for capital dwellers, home to some of Mexico’s best spas and famous for its lively Spring Fair and carnival celebrations.
The state capital of Morelos makes an easy day trip from Mexico City and the main highlights of Cuernavaca can be discovered on foot. Start by exploring the central squares of Zócalo and Jardín Juárez, dotted with colorful market stalls, restaurants and cafes, and flanked by landmarks like the Palacio de Gobierno, the Palacio Cortés and the Cathedral, then wander around the tranquil Jardin de Borda or admire the many jeweler’s shops, filled with gems found in the nearby Tepozteco Mountains. The countryside around the city is also renowned for hiking, cycling and rafting, and attractions like the magnificent Casa Maximiliano, which dates back to 1866, and the San Anton waterfall make worthwhile detours.
Cuernavaca is located around 100 km south of Mexico City.