Throughout its history, Cuernavaca has hosted countless famous guests because of its pleasant climate and relaxing lifestyle. Those who have called Cuernavaca home include the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez and the 19th century Austrian emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota.
When Cortez and his troops arrived in the central highlands, the Aztecs showed them how to escape Mexico City's winter chill by spending the colder months in a town about 40 miles / 60 kms south. It's name, Cuauhnahuac, meant 'place of great trees' in the native Nahuatl language. To the Spanish it sounded like 'cuerno de vaca', which in their native tongue means "cow's horn", and that's how we got Cuernavaca.
In Cuernavaca cultural events and fine cuisine are at a stone's throw from the Anders Languages® Residence: the Cuauhnáhuac Museum, Diego Rivera murals, the Palace of Cortez, the 400-year-old cathedral, the pyramids of Xochicalco, world famous restaurants, luxury stores and folk centers such as the local crafts market, the main square with its colorful vendors´ stands, and the narrow, winding streets lined with street merchants peddling everything imaginable.
For golfers, Cuernavaca offers two acclaimed golf courses located less than ten minutes from the residence.
Thanks to the central location of Cuernavaca, you can include several excursions during your weekends. Should you be interested in cultural and / or sightseeing activities, the Anders Languages® staff will gladly provide you with a broad choice of local points of interest to visit.
You can travel to these destinations individually or accompanied by your instructor and a guide-driver licensed by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
- Xochicalco, the mountaintop ceremonial center of the Toltecs.
- The village and the pyramid of Tepoztlán, a historic Mexican village.
- Taxco, one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Mexico and a commercial center for silver crafts.
- Teotihuacan: an ancient capital of Mesoamerica and one of humanity's most important archaeological sites.
- Estacas, a summer resort.
- Tequesquitengo Lake.
- The caves of Cacahuamilpa, famous for their natural beauty.
- The colonial cities of Puebla, and Guanajuato.
- The pyramids of Tula.
- Mexico City with its historic city center, impressive cathedral, the world-renowned museum of anthropology and the Folk Ballet.
- Oaxaca and its pyramids of Monte Alban and Mitla.
- San Miguel de Allende: a picturesque colonial city.
- Acapulco comes as close to being all things to all people as any resort can...
If you feel like it, you can also register for extra language classes on Saturday morning or play golf at one of the 7 golf courses in the State of Morelos.
WHAT THEY SAY...
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Company: New Mexico State University
This school is one of a kind... for the truly dedicated language student. You really do learn in one day what one week in another school provides. There is a tremendous blend of ability, knowledge and comfortable accommodations here. I can't recommend a better school or better environment in which to learn Spanish!