I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but one of the best parts about living in Mexico City is the ease in which we can travel the rest of the country. Unlike living anywhere in the US, we don't ever need a car to travel, and in-country transportation is inexpensive. This all couldn't be more true for Cuernavaca, the capital of the State or Morelos, and without traffic just over an hour away. We recently did what lots of Chilangos (natives to Mexico City), and took a weekend trip to the City of Eternal Spring.
Cuernavaca has always been a popular weekend destination for its laid back vide and beautiful weather. So popular, in fact, that buses leave about every 15 minutes from the Tasqueña Station in the south of CDMX. For about $8 USD each way, you too can spend a day or two doing some high quality relaxing. It's even possible to make this destination a day trip is you're on a tighter vacation timeline.
As David and I have been traveling more, I've been learning to do a little less planning for each trip. Unlike a two week adventure through Europe, which does require some level of detail, quick weekend getaways can be more fluid, especially in these smaller cities and towns across Mexico. I went armed with a list of possible activities, cafes and restaurants, but left a more detailed itinerary behind. We managed to cram a lot in during 36 hours, and below you will find some of the highlights, and a price breakdown for the entire weekend.
1. Cascada de Salto
Just about 1 mile away from the center or Cuernavaca is a hidden waterfall. Although the large amounts of trash collecting at the bottom really annoyed me, it's completely worth seeing. This tiny oasis truly seems to pop out of nowhere.
2. Museo Robert Brady
Cuernavaca is known for being a weekend getaway for wealthier Chilangos, a reputation which goes back centuries. It has also been a popular destination throughout history for foreigners, one of which was American artist Robert Brady. His hacienda (large house) is now a museum not only displaying his vast and diverse art collection, but also the beauty of the home itself.
3. Jardín Borda
Apparently Cuernavaca also drew the attention of the royal Habsburg family during the 1800s. The home and gardens of Maximilian I and his wife, Carlota, display an interesting time in Mexican history. If I was paying attention, I'm pretty sure the descendants of Maximilian and Carlota continue to live in Mexico today.
4. People watch in the Zocalo
Most Mexican towns are designed around a central plaza, and Cuernavaca is no different. If your feet are needing a rest, find a bench in the main square across from the Palacio de Cortes, and don't forget to grab a snack from one of the many fruit, crepe, or esquites carts.
5. Eat somewhere fancy
While you can of course stick with delicious and cheap tacos or tortas, you can also take advantage of the fancier side of Cuernavaca's dining scene. Many of the restaurants are located within the courtyards of old mansions, creating the perfect environment for a laid back dinner. We personally loved La India Bonita for dinner, and the newer El Motivo for brunch.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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