Cuernavaca Dash © for Two

Ancient Marvels in Eternal Spring with Lunch

Day Tour from Mexico City

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From the door of your accomodations and back, be guided through the land of eternal springtime, a magnificent city full of treasures dating back to the 16th century and before.

Home to international celebrities and full of art, Cuernavaca is an outstanding jewel in Mexico. Take this opportunity to go behind this city's walls and discover its radiant splendor as we stroll through its heart in the Historic Center.

$380 USD per couple

Daily 9:30 AM

from your accomodations and back.

By reservation only.

Cuernavaca, one of Mexico’s best-known colonial cities, has a history that dates back to at least 1200 AD, when the location was an important agricultural and artisan center. The city was conquered by the Aztecs around 1380 and, after the subsequent conquest by the Spanish, the city became a popular get-away location for the well-heeled Spaniards living in the capital.

A principal attraction of this colonial city is its year-round temperate climate. Alexander von Humboldt, a 19th Century German naturalist, once described Cuernavaca as "The land of eternal spring," a nickname that seems to have stuck as it’s still used extensively today.

 

Besides the main colonial buildings and monuments in the Historic Center, much of Cuernavaca’s colonial-era elegance and charm is hidden away from view. Behind some of the tall walls are beautiful gardens and residences owned by wealthy local families and celebrities: houses and estates which host some marvelous scenes of colonial architecture and life.

 

Some of these colonial residences, dating back to the 16th century, have been converted into fine hotels, restaurants, spas and museums which give visitors an opportunity to get a glimpse into what lies beyond the protective stone walls; with scenes including cool green garden patios bursting with flora, stunningly preserved original colonial courtyards, elegant rooms and hallways with tall ceilings and original wood beams, and sub-tropical blossoms in quiet colonial gardens where birdsong echoes and water trickles down stone fountains.

 

We will visit the Borda Gardens and the Palace of Cortés in the center of town; As a reward for his endeavours, Hernán Cortés was given what the Spanish Crown then termed as the "Oaxaca Valley," an enormous expanse of land south of Mexico City encompassing some 22 cities, including Cuernavaca. Cortes retired here and you can visit his Palace, and if you stay for longer, his old estate.

 

Emperor Maximilian and Empress Charlotte had a weekend retreat in Cuernavaca, it too, is an important museum open to the public. One of Mexico’s oldest churches, built in 1592, can be seen here as it is now a World Heritage Site and we will visit what once were the Bishop's private quarters.

 

 Cuernavaca is well known as one of the country’s major Spanish language study centers, boasting over fifty Spanish language schools.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

LANGUAGE

Cuernavaca tour is available in English or Spanish. You will be asked to choose a language when you make your reservation.

YOUR TOUR HOST​

Your host will pick you up you personally at your hotel or accomodations. All of our hosts are local natives from Mexico City, speak at least two languages and have different college degrees related to the tours, are trained in first aid procedures and are willing to help you with those special questions that may arise on your visit. Some of our hosts are also nationally licensed tour guides.

 

SCHEDULE / WEATHER / DETOURS

Be on time, you will be picked up at 9:30 AM on the dot, we will appreciate if you come out 10 minutes in advance as there may not be parking available and the car mayhave to go around the block while waiting. Tour ends at 5:30 PM.

The duration of our tour is approximately 8 hours, rain or shine, depending on your personal choices. In case of rain, our tour will make its best to spend as much time as possible indoors. In case of unforseen (force majeure) closures, we are always prepared with an equivalent or alternate route to similar sites in either Tepoztlán, Temixco & Xochicalco or Taxco.

THE TOUR

On this tour you will discover more than two centuries of the history of Cuernavaca at the heart of the country. The most important monuments in Cuernavaca are the Palace of Cortés, Borda Gardens and the Cathedral complex which includes other important churches, an open chapel and the House of the Tower with the Robert Brady Museum. We visit them all while we stroll through the Historic Center. By 1:30 PM we take a lunch break at a magical setting where we will enjoy top authentic Mexican fare and drinks in a full service lunch. After lunch we visit the Palace of Cortés and the Juan Soriano Modern Art Museum. The tour includes transportation in a private car from your accomodations and back as well as to the restaurant and through the most beautiful sights of the city. You are alway welcomed to ask for additional stops along the way, like those at handicrafts and souvenir shops or restrooms of which there are many, strategically located in our special route.  

WEATHER NOTICE

 

Cuernavaca may be very warm in the morning and evenings, year round. During the northern-hemisphere summer please bring a light jacket with you, during winter we recommend long pants and a not-so-heavy warmer jacket for the cooler ride back to Mexico City.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Other than souvenirs that you may buy, most everything is included. The price includes transportation all the way from within Mexico City limits to Cuernavaca and back as well as at selected parts of the tour. Chauffeur and Tour Guide at all times. Toll fees. Entrance tickets. One entry and one main course dishes, two drinks of your choice. Bottled water. Hand-held cams and smallwidgets are free of charge, professional equipment like tripods is subject to a special permit which may or may not be available and/or fees which are NOT INCLUDED. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

In case you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP in writing or, if on same day, by phone at +52 (55) 1355-2122 (whatsapp-enabled). In case we have to miss you, we will be very grateful if you save us extra efforts. If you don't cancel and don't show up for the tour, we will understand that you are forfeiting your right to any refund and to re-book. There are no refunds on partial and/or full advance payments for paid or private tours if you don't cancel at least seven days before the tour. If you cancel at least seven days in advance, there will be a 20% processing fee charge.    

IMPORTANT

1. Tour is by reservation only.  

2. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and come as light as possible, this is one long walk.

3. Wear something to protect you from the sun; cap, shades, sunscreen, even if it's cloudy.

4. Bring a camera, we love to show you little treasures.

5. Be willing to have some fun as we go through two centuries of stories.

Cuernavaca Dash © for Two

Ancient Marvels in Eternal Spring with Lunch

Day Tour from Mexico City

$380 USD per couple

Daily 9:30 AM

from your accomodations and back.

By reservation only.

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