CUERNAVACA FOR DENTAL TOURISTS
Cuernavaca is an ideal town for international dental patients: It is relatively small, has great climate all year long and holds many treasures to explore behind its walls and doors. If you love flowers, you will be amazed by the variety of flowers in Cuernav aca throughout the year; for example during Christmas time, the streets and parks are adorned with hu ndreds of red poinsettia, native to this area.
Cuernavaca has many historic haciendas, built by the colo nial sugar farmers as symbols of their local power and wealth. Some of them have been turne d into restaurants and hotels, some even host luxury spas or museums and invite you to travel in time.
The Cathedral of Cuernavaca with the adjoining convent was among the first centers of Christianityin Mexico. It was declared UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1994 and continues to be an important destination for Catholic pilgrims.
THE PALACE OF HERNAN CORTES
In the 1520s, Hernán Cortés, the leading conquistador of México, chose Cuernavaca as his residence. His palace in the heart of Cuernavaca, is today’s regional history museum which houses several murals of the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera
THE BORDA GARDEN
The Jardín Borda, a colonial botanic garden in downtown Cuernavaca, was built by José de la Borda, a gold miner from Taxco, in the 18th century. In 1865, the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I and his wife Charlotte, chose the Borda Garden as their summer residence, which paved the way for many infrastructural investments in Cuernavaca
THE ROBERT BRADY MUSEUM
Robert Brady, a well-traveled plastic artist from Iowa, USA, fell in love with Cuernavaca. His home, bought in 1960 right behind the cathedral, is now open to the public and hosts his private collection of 1400 paintings and crafts from around the world
You should definitely spend a day exploring the beautiful and magical village of Tepoztlán, about half an hour east of Cuernavaca. Tepoztlán holds something for everyone: After a steep hike of 45-60 minutes up the wooded Tepozteco mountain to the pyramide sitting at its top, you will enjoy a beautiful view over the entire valley with its bizarre rock formations.
30 minutes south of Cuernavaca, Xochicalco is a major archeological site in a breathtaking scenery. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1999. But even within the city limits of Cuernavaca, you can visit impressive prehispanic pyramids: at the Mexica ceremony site of Teopanzolco.
If you want to read on: Dr. Jim Horn published a book for tourists and language students visiting Cuernavaca with lots of detailed information that is still up to date. You can find a Kindle version of “Cuernavaca. A Guide for Students and Tourists” on Amazon.com. He also writes a blog with a section on Tourism.
You have seen it all, done it all in Cuernavaca and Morelos? You want to get to know more of Mexico in between your dental appointments? Passing the famous volcano Popocatépetl, you can reach the beautiful colonial city of Puebla and its many churches within 2.5 hours. Heading three hours south-west from Cuernavaca, you can enjoy the Pacific Ocean in the famous Bay of Acapulco. And of course you have all the amenities, museums and sights of Mexico City, the oldest capital city of the Americas, at 1.5 hours.