Cuernavaca is the capital and most populated city in the state of Morelos. Cuernavaca got its name from the Nahuatl phrase “near the woods” or “surrounded by woods”. With its all-year-round warm weather, the city is known as the City of Eternal Spring. As the name suggests, wherever you go, expect to see trees and greeneries such as lilies, jacarandas, bougainvillea, jasmine, and daisies sprouting all around the city. Some of the more popular activities to do in Cuernavaca are parachuting, rappelling, canyoning, kayaking, golfing, and camping. There are several hotels and vacation rentals available as well if you’re wondering where to stay. Cuernavaca is a great vacation spot for people who love the outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature. If you are visiting Cuernavaca anytime soon and planning your visit, continue reading down below for a list of things to do in Cuernavaca, Mexico that you can add to your itinerary.
Learn about the cities of Cuernavaca and Taxco with a local guide on an 11-hour tour. The tour will visit places such as the 16th-century cathedral, a mining tunnel replica in Taxco, the famous Santa Prisca Church, and several shops. On the tour, guests will learn about the historical and religious beliefs of the people of Cuernavaca, the 400-year-old mining industry of Mexico, and Baroque architecture. The tour will take care of all the transportation and also comes with tour guides to lead you all throughout.
Duration: 12.0 hour
2. Pay your holy respect at Catedral de Cuernavaca
Constructed in the year 1525, Catedral De Cuernavaca was built based on Franciscan architecture. The church was built to evangelize the natives of Cuernavaca and Taxco. Visitors today will still be able to view the buttresses, battlements, and merlons used in the church as the possibility of war was always a real threat during the time. Until today, the cathedral is still active in evangelizing the people and hosting church services such as holy mass, baptism, marriage, and first communions. Standing tall until today, Catedral De Cuernavaca is a place you will definitely want to visit during your travel to Cuernavaca.
Catedral de Cuernavaca
Address: Miguel Hidalgo 17, Cuernavaca Centro, Centro, 62000 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Catedral de Cuernavaca
Opening hours: 7:30am - 8pm (daily)
3. Visit the beautiful Jardín Borda
Located in the once-summer mansion of the wealthy Jose de la Borda, Jardin Borda is a historical museum where visitors will be able to view and take great photos of the beautiful property inspired by Versailles. Relive the life of the aristocrats of Mexico during the 19th century and learn about life during the time. The museum has exhibits about daily life during the Empire period as well as displays of original documents.
Address: Av. Morelos 271, Cuernavaca Centro, Centro, 62000 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am – 5:30pm; Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 8am – 5:30pm (closed on Mon)
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4. Take your children for an interesting day to Papalote Children's Museum
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Papalote Children’s Museum is a place where your children can learn through fun interactive exhibits and gain an appreciation for art. Papalote Museum currently has over 300 exhibits. Children can enjoy many artworks, whether paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and other installations.
Papalote Children's Museum
Address: Av Vicente Guerrero 205, Lomas de la Selva, 62270 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9am – 6pm; Sat - Sun: 10am – 6pm (closed on Mon)
5. Browse through a unique collection at Robert Brady Museum
Robert Brady Museum is a private institution that aims to preserve and exhibit the works, thoughts, and collections of American artist and art collector Robert Brady. The museum is one of the most iconic places in the town and it is located just behind Catedral De Cuernavaca. Each area in the museum has been designated to show how passionate and eager Robert Brady was in collecting and learning from the arts. The museum is constantly planning for events; if you have a specific exhibition that you would like to attend, they have a website that shows the planned schedule of the museum.
Robert Brady Museum
Address: Netzahualcóyotl 4, Cuernavaca Centro, Centro, 62000 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Robert Brady Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am – 6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 3 USD
6. Feed large animals from your own vehicle at Zoofari
Housing over 1,500 animals, Zoofari is a conservation center that aims to conserve wildlife and teach people about the animals and their importance to the environment. The park employs professionals such as veterinarians, biologists, and zoologists to take care and help educate visitors to the park. If you came to Cuernavaca with your children, visiting Zoofari is definitely a good option to consider for them to learn more about the world in a fun but educational manner. Apart from the safari experience, the facility also has other entertaining activities you can try such as zip lining and camel and pony rides.
Address: Carretera Federal, Cuernavaca - Taxco Km. 55, 62652 Teacalco, Mor., Mexico
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 199 - 219 USD
7. Make a splash at Salto de San Anton Waterfall
Located in the village of San Antonia Analco, Salto De San Anton Waterfall is a pristine 40-meter (131.2 feet) waterfall surrounded by lots of trees, bushes, and other vegetation. Visitors can achieve a great view of the place through a 100-meter (328 feet) stairway close to the waterfall. If you love to take pictures of nature, Salto De San Anton Waterfall may be a good place to visit.
Salto de San Anton Waterfall
Address: San Anton, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)
8. Have a look at the vast flora and fauna at Chapultepec Ecological Park
Sitting at the heart of Cuernavaca, Barranca de Chapultepec is a state park that occupies 12,844 hectares (31,738.2 acres) of land. There, visitors will be greeted with a wide variety of flora and fauna as they walk along the trail. There are also ahuehuetes along a 1.5-kilometer (0.9 mile) area that has been growing there for over 250 years. With such great vegetation in one area, the national park is considered the lungs of Cuernavaca. The park is a place for scientific, educational, and recreational activities where all people are welcome to visit and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Chapultepec Ecological Park
Address: Bajada de Chapultepec 27, Chapultepec, 62450 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Chapultepec Ecological Park
Opening hours: Mon: 6am - 9:30am; Tue - Sun: 9am – 5pm
9. Walk around Cuernavaca Downtown
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Explore the streets of downtown Cuernavaca as you learn about the culture and people of the area. There you can find shops, restaurants, parks, and many other business establishments. If you ever need something, chances are you can find them downtown. Your visit to Cuernavaca will never be complete without visiting downtown as festivals and events are usually held in this bustling area. Also if you ever need a gift or a souvenir before going home, the area has a large number of gift shops and boutiques you may be interested in visiting.
10. Catch a live performance at Teopanzolco Cultural Center
If you are looking for a place to watch live performances such as concerts and theatrical plays, Teopanzolco Cultural Center is a place you might fancy. The center is one of Cuernavaca’s most popular tourist spots as it is the venue of a wide variety of shows and performances that bring the community together. Whether you looking for some tasteful band performances or a great play for the whole family, Teopanzolco Cultural Center will always have an event scheduled for you.
Teopanzolco Cultural Center
Address: Río Balsas 22, Vista Hermosa, 62290 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Teopanzolco Cultural Center
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11am – 7pm (closed on Mon)
11. Marvel at the amazing paintings and canvasas at La Tallera
One of the most popular art destinations in Cuernacava, La Tallera is a workshop filled with gigantic art pieces - paintings, machineries, and mobile scaffolds. The displays are vibrant, bold, geometric, and huge. It is the perfect place to view, appreciate, and take photos of stunning artworks. Although very entertaining, La Tallera is also used as a space to explore more about colors and perspective. The place has a photograph department as well as chemical laboratories that are constantly in the pursuit of discovering, experimenting, and art-making. If you are inclined toward the arts, and want to see it through a new perspective, head to this unique Cuernavaca haunt.
Address: Calle Venus 52, Jardines de Cuernavaca, 62360 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: The Tallera
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am – 6pm (closed on Mon)
12. Immerse yourself in culture and art at Juan Soriano Museum
The latest art museum in Cuernavaca, Museo Morelense de Arte Contemporaneo Juan Soriano aims to preserve, research, and exhibit both local and international artworks that were collected throughout the globe. A big part of their collection is the personal works of Juan Soriano, which is made up of over 1,200 pieces of artwork ranging from paintings, drawings, documents, costume designs, photographs, and sculptures. Most of the works can be viewed inside the elegant museum while sculptures line the garden outside. A visit here would be another way to gain insight into the region’s art scene - this time, its contemporary offerings.
Juan Soriano Museum
Address: Dr. Guillermo Gandara, Amatitlán, 62410 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Juan Soriano Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am – 6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 45 USD
13. Have a gala time at Viva La Feria
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Spend a day at Viva La Feria and have great fun with all the rides, shops, and shows that are available on site. Feel the adrenaline rush with traditional rides like a roller coaster and Ferris wheel. The place is also a good place to take your children after you shop at the mall right next to it. There are also a few fantasy houses and live performances throughout the day.
Viva La Feria
Address: Forum Cuernavaca, Calle Jacarandas 103, Ricardo Flores Magon, 62370 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Opening hours: 1pm - 9pm (daily)
14. Try your luck at Emotion Casino
Indulge in the fun and thrilling activities inside Emotion Casino, where they are big on sports betting, slots, and traditional bingo. Some of their popular slot machines are the WMS Rotating Wild, Cascading Reels, Gold Bug, Giant Panda, The Last Emperor, and Legend of the Qin. The casino hosts sports bet on horse races, dogs, and trotters. Emotion Casino is also big on events, where new games are released for a limited time. If you’re looking for some nighttime netertainment and feeling like luck is on your side, try it out at Emotion Casino.
Address: Av. Plan de Ayala S/N, Lomas del Mirador, 62350 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Emotion Casino
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am – 4am; Fri - Sat: 10am - 6am
15. Stroll along leisurely amid nature at Los Columpios Park
Spend the day with your family having fun and relaxing at Los Columpios Park, where they have all kinds of services to enjoy at your leisure. The place is surrounded by trees and greeneries giving the entire place a relaxing mood. They have a zip line, a mechanical bull, electric carts, ATV’s, Gotcha, a restaurant, and a campsite. Spend time playing with your kids on their extreme swing or stroll amidst the calm, tranquil, and serene park.
Los Columpios Park
Address:Carretera Federal Mexico Cuernavaca, Km 54.5, 62515 Mor., Mexico
Website: Los Columpios Park
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily)
16. Pay a visit to Centro Budista de Cuernavaca
If you are interested in Buddhist teachings and would like to learn about the belief system and meditation, Centro Budista de Cuernavaca is a place you should visit. The Cuernavaca Buddhist Center is a community of people who aim to practice meditation and apply Buddhist teachings. Enjoy and be enlightened as you enter the premises, viewing the beautiful aged architecture building around the place.
Centro Budista de Cuernavaca
Address: De La Pradera 209, La Pradera, 62170 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Centro Budista de Cuernavaca
17. Savor Mexican cuisine at Casa Hidalgo
Casa Hidalgo restaurant is a place that has been serving Mexican cuisine to the public for several years now. Some of their popular dishes are the Camarones Al Pilpil, Rollos de Filete de Res, Con Salmon y Verduras en Salsa de 3 Quesos, and Crema de Frijol y Chicharron. They serve their customers in a well-lit, well-ventilated, vibrant, and tastefully decorated room. Customers also have the option to dine in an outside seating near the greenery. For an authentic dining experience, make sure to head to Casa Hidalgo
Address: Miguel Hidalgo 6, Cuernavaca Centro, Centro, 62000 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Casa Hidalgo restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 8:30am – 11pm; Fri - Sat: 8:30am – 12am; Sun: 8:30am – 10:30pm
18. Quench your thirst with amazing drinks at Penny Lane Pub
Visiting Cuernavaca with your friends? Penny Lane Pub is a two-story English style pub that you and your friends will surely enjoy. On tap, they offer 14 rotating taps filled with craft and high-quality international beers. As for wines they usually have stocks of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cotes Du Rhone, Barbera D’ Asti, and Cabernet Sauvignon. House wines are the Stimson Estates, and CK Mondavi. Aside from all the drinks they offer, they also serve meals and snacks that go well with certain drinks. The pub is spacious, has a high ceiling, well-lit, and has good ventilation and views of the outside thanks to its large widows.
Penny Lane Pub
Address: Lerdo de Tejada 10, Cuernavaca Centro, Centro, 62000 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Penny Lane Pub
Opening hours: 2am - 2pm (daily)
19. Dance the night away at Minna By Walter
Spend the night socializing and dancing with people at Minna By Walter nightclub. Enjoy live musical performances at a large venue with hundreds of people partying, drinking, and enjoying the entire night. Minna By Walter nightclub took inspiration from Rome and mixed it with the culture in Cuernavaca to make its unique nighclub theme. Feel your body move on its own as you listen to the energizing music and trippy lighting effects of the place. Enjoy live musical performances of local and international bands and DJs as they perform to you the tastiest beats and grooves of your life.
Minna By Walter
Address: Yucatán 12, Vista Hermosa, 62290 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 11pm – 5am; (closed from Sun - Thu)
20. Pamper yourself at Velavi City Spa
Came to Cuernavaca to unwind, relax, and recharge? Velavi City Spa has got your back. The spa is one of the most popular places in the area to enjoy a luxurious time getting pampered by the best massage therapists and estheticians in the city. Their services are divided into two categories which are Spa and Wet Areas, and Rituals. Spa would include your facials, massages, modeler, and scrubs. Wet Areas would be the sauna, whirlpool hot tub, steam room, and pressure watering machine. They also have service packages (Rituals) which are bundled complementary packages that can save you some money and are also used for recommendations for first-time visitors who are unsure of what services to get.
Velavi City Spa
Address: Av. Atlacomulco s/n esquina, Las Quintas, Cantarranas, 62448 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Velavi City Spa
Opening hours:Tue - Sat: 10am – 8pm; Sun: 10am – 5pm (closed on Mon)
Price: From 610 USD
21. Go bowling with friends at Alboa Cuernavaca
Came to Cuernavaca with friends or family? Alboa Cuernavaca has a lot of group fun group activities to offer you and your friends and family. One of the popular ones in the town is Alboa’s bowling alley. Engage in a healthy competition of bowling as your group enjoys the music and various light effects in the bowling alley’s background. Right next to the bowling alley is a restaurant that can serve your group with all the food and beverages you guys may need during or after your game.
Address: CC BUGAMBILIA PLAZA, Río Balsas S/N, Vista Hermosa, 62270 Cuernavaca, Mor., Mexico
Website: Alboa Cuernavaca
Opening hours: Thu: 24 hours; Fri - Sat: 1pm – 2am; Sun:11am – 10pm; Mon: 1–11pm
Looking to tour and experience Cuernavaca the best way possible? This tour will help make your visit to the city memorable. The tour will visit places such as the 1552 Cathedral, Conquest of Mexico, the Magic Town of Taxco, and Palace of Cortés. Palace of Cortés is one of the oldest structures in the Americas, with its colonial-era architecture being an incredible sight to behold. Guests will be able to visit and access some other places not generally known to the public as well. There, guests will be allowed to take photos and enjoy the calm atmosphere. The tour is inclusive of transportation via air-conditioned vehicle, tickets for all destinations, and lunch.
Duration: 9 hours
Cuernavaca is a large place with a very progressive economy. It is a place of richness as well as a place of great history. The city is filled with many business and government establishments that bring a lot of life to the area. With so many establishments arising in the city, so is the number of things you can do in the area. Having a wide variety of available activities, Cuernavaca seemingly has something to offer to all kinds of visitors. You can choose to relax and do some calm mentally recharging activities or go for a more physically engaging route that will challenge your physical prowess.
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