"The City of Eternal Spring", praised for its wonderful climate, lush gardens, and abundant flowers. Cuernavaca is also hailed as "The City of Knowledge", due to the 40 research sites embedded within the city.
Cuernavaca was nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” by Alexander Von Humboldt when he visited Mexico in the 19th century. He praised the city for it’s wonderful climate, lush gardens, and abundant flowers. It was during the 20th century that the over 40 research sites established in the area, added to Cuernavaca´s nickname the part of “City of knowledge”. Without doubt for tourism and scientists, Cuernavaca has been a favorite weekend and weekday getaway. It’s built on the southern slope of a mountain range, 64 miles south of Mexico City. With an elevation of 5000 feet, Cuernavaca has beautiful weather year-round with an average temperature of 75F. Today, the city has about 350,000 permanent residents.
Cuernavaca has long been an appealing destination for international students because of its great historical and cultural heritage. In Cuernavaca, Mexican history comes alive. Hernán Cortés, the conqueror of México, built his palace here, where visitors today can see some of Diego Rivera´s most important mural paintings. The Emperor Maximilian had a private retreat in Cuernavaca, which today is an ethno-botanical garden specializing in traditional herbal medicine. The late, great Mexican star, Cantinflas, also had his home in Cuernavaca, and today his former home is one of the city´s finest restaurants. American visitors and residents of Cuernavaca have included Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, the art collector Robert Brady, and diplomat Dwight Morrow.
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