Cuernavaca, Mexico – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Updated in 2022.

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city in Morelos, and is located about a 1 hour and 30 minute drive south of D.F.

A lot of foreign students study here. Made famous to the English-speaking world through Malcolm Lowry’s novel “Under the Volcano.”

The weather is perfect and the people are welcoming.

Is it worth a trip? Let’s find out!

POPULATION: 350,000


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Visit the Mercado de Artesanía y Plata.

Take a day trip to Tepoztlán.

 

IS CUERNAVACA SAFE?

Cuernavaca is known as a pretty rich town. A lot of rich people with business in Mexico City live in this area. Despite recent news of pesky drug cartels battling for territory, Cuernavaca still remains safe for tourists. Still, best to stay out of any sketchy looking areas, most of which are a good distance from the centre. Standard precautionary measures will suffice.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN CUERNAVACA

$400.00 will do you just fine for a 1 bedroom apartment near the centre of Cuernavaca.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN CUERNAVACA

The best area of Cuernavaca is right in the center. It’s close to everything you’ll need, very walkable, and you can easily see all the sights. You’ll see there are 4 parks that create a ring around the center. Try to find an Airbnb or hotel somewhere in the middle. The most central location is between Centro Cultural Jardín Borda and Plaza de Armas. From here you’ll be close to all the museums, historic places, theatres, and culture. 

Map of Cuernavaca Centro
Map of Cuernavaca Centro

 

NIGHTLIFE IN CUERNAVACA

7/10

Decent bar/club infrastructure to satisfy weekend-warriors flooding in from Mexico City. Many located on Plazuela del Zacate Street (around the zocalo). Most bars/clubs in Cuernavaca are packed full of beautiful women from both Cuernavaca and Mexico City’s more affluent citizens. Nightlife in Cuernavaca will run you about $7 cover and an excruciatingly long wait if you happen to be male. If cover charges and sexist bouncers aren’t your thing, there are enough low-key options to wet your beak.

I recommend: Bora BarCan feel a bit exclusivo if you’re not in the hip crowd, but still fun.

 

COST OF LIVING IN CUERNAVACA

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $863 USD/month to live in Cuernavaca, Mexico

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HOW TO GET TO CUERNAVACA

It’s easy to get to Cuernavaca from Mexico City. There are buses traveling this route every day. Taxco is a 2 hour drive away.  Puebla is a 2.5 hour drive away.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

A good place for both long and short-term stays. The city is aesthetically pleasing, safe, and only an hour or so bus ride from Mexico City in case you get bored…which you eventually will unless you are studying or working full-time.


OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10


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