Cuernavaca: Must-Visit City in Mexico


For a long time, I was planning to visit Cuernavaca, and it finally happened on my April 2023 Mexico Discovery Tour.

In the heart of Mexico, nestled among the hills and adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, lies a hidden gem of central Mexico – Cuernavaca, whose name literally means “surrounded by trees”. The city is also known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its exceptional climate. The city’s warm and sunny days, coupled with cooler nights, make it a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking respite from the extreme climates found in other parts of Mexico.


Cuernavaca boasts a rich and fascinating history that dates all the way back to pre-Columbian times when the Tlahuica civilization inhabited the area. During the era of Spanish colonization, the city emerged as a prominent hub of power and influence thanks to its ideal climate and fertile lands. The Spanish constructed magnificent haciendas and breathtaking churches, leaving behind a remarkable architectural legacy that still stands to this day.


The Cuernavaca Cathedral is a prime example of this, with its intricate details and unique interior where the sun’s rays filter through stained glass windows, casting a celestial light on the sacred space. It truly impressed me.


The Palacio de Cortes is another remarkable landmark that once witnessed a clash of cultures but now houses art and history in its hallowed halls

Cuernavaca has a rich history and has been home to many notable figures throughout the years. Some of the most prominent historical figures associated with the city include Hernán Cortés, Maximilian I,  Emiliano Zapata, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Malcolm Lowry, and Robert Brady.

Hernán Cortés was a Spanish conquistador who played a significant role in Mexico’s conquest. He established his residence in Cuernavaca and built the Palacio (de Cortes), which still stands as a prominent historical landmark. 

Maximilian I of Mexico, an Austrian archduke who became the Emperor of Mexico in the 1860s, chose Cuernavaca as one of his favorite retreats. He resided in the Borda Garden Palace during his reign. 

Emiliano Zapata was a prominent leader during the Mexican Revolution and a champion of agrarian rights. He had his headquarters in Cuernavaca and used the city as a strategic base for his revolutionary activities. 

Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s most renowned painters and muralists, lived in Cuernavaca for a significant period. He resided in a house known as “La Casa Azul de Cuernavaca” and created various artworks while residing there. 

Frida Kahlo, another celebrated Mexican artist and wife of Diego Rivera, also spent time in Cuernavaca. She often stayed at Rivera’s house in Cuernavaca and found inspiration for her artistic work. 

Malcolm Lowry, the English writer known for his novel “Under the Volcano,” lived in Cuernavaca during the 1930s. Cuernavaca’s landscapes and culture influenced his writing, and the city is believed to be the inspiration for the novel’s setting. 

Robert Brady, an American artist and collector, settled in Cuernavaca and turned his house into a museum. The Robert Brady Museum showcases his diverse collection of art and cultural artifacts.


These historical figures and famous individuals have left their mark on Cuernavaca through their presence, contributions, and artistic heritage, making the city a place of cultural significance and historical interest.

As you explore further, you come across the enchanting Jardín Borda, a lush haven that embodies the essence of love. As you walk gently on its green trails, the sweet scent of flowers enchants your senses, tempting you to enjoy a moment of peace. If you listen carefully, you might hear the whispers of poets and lovers who found comfort within the garden’s warm embrace.


In Cuernavaca, time became an ephemeral concept, for the city itself exists outside the realm of ordinary moments. It embraces you warmly and invites you to immerse yourself fully in its wonders. Whether strolling through the hidden corners of the city or venturing into the embrace of nature, every step unveils a new facet of its charm, leaving an indelible mark on your heart. So, surrender to curiosity and warm your soul.

Cuernavaca is famous today for its favorable climate, historical and cultural significance, artistic community, language schools, beautiful gardens and parks, diverse gastronomy, and its appeal as a weekend getaway. The city continues to captivate visitors with its charm and offers a blend of natural, historical, and cultural attractions.

If you are also impressed by the beauty of Mexico and considering relocating there, I can assist you with a consultation. I’ll guide you in identifying the ideal location, alert you to any possible pitfalls, and guide you flawlessly through the entire relocation process from beginning to end.

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Hi, I am Emily Bron.

After living and working in 4 countries (3 continents), experiencing several immigrations, changing several professional fields and being an avid traveler, I created International Lifestyle Consulting to help you to find the best matching place and to relocate abroad for a better quality of life, work, or retirement.

As a professional Baby Boomer and Remote worker, I am relocating again!

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