To arrive at the center of the capital of Morelos from Mexico City, just take the highway to Cuernavaca (95D) and in less than an hour you will be at your destination. Touring the city in one visit and appreciating all of its attractions is an almost impossible task, however, if you want to make a whirlwind visit to the “City of Eternal Spring”, we offer a helpful guide to the three basic places you can visit in one day, and return home with a pleasant aftertaste.
The first stop is the Palace of Cortes, an extraordinary building located next to the main square, right in the city center. This is one of the oldest colonial civilian buildings in Cuernavaca. The former home of the famous Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes, today houses the Cauhnáhuac Museum and preserves the state’s history, from pre-Hispanic times, to the agrarian revolution led by Emiliano Zapata. Here you will find armors, coins, costumes, carriages, the large clockwork brought from London, as well as a military cannon, guns, and the remains of some pre-Hispanic burials.
Undoubtedly, the star of this museum, which is something you just cannot miss, is the mural painted by Diego Rivera entitled “History of Morelos: Conquests and Revolution”, where the artist embodied the most important historical moments in the state’s life, with an unparalleled critical eye, typical of Mexican muralist paintings. Here you will see the famous representation of José María Morelos, where Rivera placed his own face on the unmistakable figure of the famous leader, giving its gaze a unique effect, as it seems to follow the viewer from any angle of the corridor from where he is watching.
If you walk along the streets of Hidalgo and Galeana, near the Palace of Cortes, you will find the Plazuela del Zacate, a square which received this name because it was once where feedstuff for animals was sold. Today, the square is a meeting point for young people coming for a drink in the evenings, in one of the many bars surrounding it. There are options for every taste, from salsa and tropical music, to rock and pop. During the day, this is the best place to sit down and have a coffee or a refreshing drink, while you admire the city center and its passersby.
If you are hungry, you cannot leave without eating at one of the most traditional restaurants in Cuernavaca, Casa de Campo; a Boutique Hotel that is part of the region’s most recent history. The property, recently appointed Historical Monument by INAH, has an exquisite menu, offering, among other dishes, delicious fish filets prepared with garlic, a la talla, with a mojo sauce made from garlic, citrus and vinegar, a la diabla (in chipotle sauce), or empapelado (wrapped). For breakfast, you must order delicious huitlacoche crepes, with mushrooms and Gouda cheese, bathed in poblano chile sauce, or a delicious vegetarian omelet served with mushrooms and zucchini blossoms. You must try its famous biscuits with cream and guava jam, served with delicious water chocolate; or its nut muffins and criollo chocolate, all of which are prepared in an artisanal way by local cooks.