Cuernavaca, Mexico

Quick Facts

City Population: 349,402 (2005 est.)
Location & State: located 53 miles south of Mexico City, it is the capital of the state of Morales, as well as its largest city.
Climate: year-round temperature average is around 80ºF

Noteworthy Facts:

• Cuernavaca is a name derived from Nahuatl, an indigenous language. It is known as the “city of eternal spring.”
• The city is home to numerous colonial buildings, as well as archaeological sites from the Aztec and Tlahuica civilizations.
• Some of the most prestigious universities in Mexico, and Latin America, have campuses and research labs in this city.

City Profile:

Known for its wonderful weather, history and culture, Cuernavaca also draws a huge number of students eager to learn Spanish.  The city has some of the country’s most reputable language schools.  One of the country’s most prestigious universities, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), also has a campus in this city.  This provides the city with an academic ambiance.  In fact, Cuernavaca has the largest concentration of scientists and researchers in Latin America. 

Although it is a modern city, Cuernavaca has managed to preserve its historical roots.  It was founded by the Tlahuicas, which was part of the Nahuatl civilization. One of the city’s most fascinating places to see is Teopanzolco, an ancient ceremonial site built by its founders.  Those visiting Cuernavaca will find many interesting landmarks, such as the Palacio de Cortés, which was built by the Spaniards and now serves as the city’s Museum of Anthropology.  The city is also home to the Robert Brady Museum, where visitors will find a fantastic collection of art from renowned Mexican artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.  Cuernavaca is simply one of the best places to get a feel for Mexican culture, its people and language.  

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