Morelos, the Mexican state of the rising sun

Although it is a small state, Morelos, like many other states in the country, has a great number of tourist attractions, especially for its privileged climate, spas, water parks, and water attractions.

Morelos, the Mexican state of the rising sun
Morelos, Mexico. Photo by Josh Hammond / Unsplash

Surrounded by intricate mountains, as if they were guarding a treasure, is Morelos, a Mexican state characterized by one of the most enviable climates, which is why it is popularly known as the state of "eternal spring". Despite being a small state, it has, like other states in the country, an innumerable number of tourist attractions, especially for its privileged climate, spas, water parks, and aquatic parks.

From historical records, we know that the territory was dominated by the Chichimecas, but it was also a place of settlement for the Xochimilcas and Tlahuicas, who would be precisely the founders of Cuauhnáhuac, which the Spanish would later call Cuernavaca. Today you can find and admire several sugarcane haciendas, as well as temples and convents founded by the Jesuits, many of these already converted into magnificent boutique hotels, resorts, and/or spas.

If your plan is just to rest and enjoy the weather and sun, you can enjoy nature outdoors in campsites, cabins, or hotels with all the services. Delight yourself with the varied and exquisite gastronomy of Morelos in its restaurants that start with a delicious fresh trout, soft and juicy jerky from Yecapixtla, or a la carte menu to satisfy even the most demanding palate, open all year round with incredible promotions.

Water, fun, and lots and lots of sunshine in Morelos

The state of Morelos has several water parks and spas where you will find from mineralized water to crystalline or natural water springs; offering services and fun such as slides, wave pools, splash pools, and in some cases extreme fun such as gotcha, zip line, rappel, etc.

What characterizes the spas in Morelos is the quality and warmth with which they pamper visitors. Find yourself enjoying a sensation of body and soul allowing the point of balance between body, mind, and spirit. In Morelos there is a unique concept, oriented to the invigoration of physical well-being and inner peace, through the body and facial therapies applied by expert hands, turning it into relaxation and harmony in a sacred ritual. Get to know an unforgettable experience.

Wellness and spa experience.
Wellness and spa experience. Image by Gundula Vogel from Pixabay

ISSSTEHUIXTLA Health Spa

An oasis of clean and crystalline water. Do you need to get out of the routine without spending a lot of money? Look no further, this is a very good option. Immersed in nature and away from city life is the ISSSTEHUIXTLA Recreational and Cultural Center, just 90 minutes from Mexico City and 30 minutes from Cuernavaca. Take the Mexico-Acapulco highway and the turnoff to Tehuixtla.

A perfect place to spend time with family and friends, where you can enjoy sports and recreational activities, admiring the green landscape on the banks of the Amacuzac River. It has four large pools and a splash pool, you can also enjoy the benefits provided by the sulfur waters that emanate from the 9-meter-deep "Borbollón", which generates a water output of 800 liters per second that supplies all the pools.

In ISSSTEHUIXTLA you also have the opportunity to camp in safe areas designed for this activity, with 15 hectares of green areas with fruit trees with the assurance that nothing will disturb you and feel safe in the facilities. This recreational center is open from 09:00 to 18:00 hours 365 days a year. ISSSTEHUIXTLA is a safe place to spend a great week or have fun in a group on an unforgettable excursion, and the most important thing for you is the guaranteed quality of services at a very affordable cost.

Agua Hedionda Spa

Don't be fooled, contrary to its name, this spa is unique for the quality of its crystalline water, considered even the best in mineralization around the world, the mainspring is born with an intensity of more than 850 liters per second and at a temperature of 27º C, achieving pools with water in constant movement.

It offers the services of 2 general pools, 8 family pools, 2 splash pools, 1 water slide, 2 whirlpool tubs, dressing rooms, restaurant - bar, live music, dance floor, children's games, sports facilities, lifeguard area, infirmary, green areas and boutique among others. Ready and waiting for you.

Enjoy the pool experience.
Enjoy the pool experience. Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Adventure tourism, ecotourism, and recreational parks in Morelos

For those looking for a trip full of adventure in the State of Morelos, you can go from a simple hike to rappeling on natural walls of more than 50 meters high, cross a beautiful landscape at more than 90 km / hung on a zip line or challenge yourself by practicing skydiving, mastering vertigo and taking your vacation and rest to the extreme.

Zoofari Zoo

Zoofari is a recreational, learning, family, and nature experience. Come and enjoy a 200-meter zip line, Jaguar trail, digital photo lab (several printing options with your favorite cub), souvenir store, rides on different animals, excursions at special prices. More than 1,300 species in a Safari-like concept.

Tequesquitengo

In Tequesquitengo you can enjoy the sun and water sports; it encompasses tradition and discovers the vestiges of the ancient Tequesquitengo. It has a tourist infrastructure accessible to any budget, in addition to the attraction of the only discotheque in the area. The lake is one of the best attractions for those who enjoy water sports such as skiing, boating, swimming and of course diving, which can be practiced in the central part of the lake to observe the remains of the church of the old town that remain underwater.

Rappelling wall rope.
Rappelling. Image by Julio Cesar dos Santos Julio Code from Pixabay

Surprise yourself in Morelos

If culture is what you are looking for, the south of Morelos is rich in culture, visit the Zapata Route and discover the attraction of the places where the leader of the south was born and spent part of the revolutionary struggle. The Convent Route will make you travel through the history of the state, expanding your knowledge of the resident places and finally, the Ex-Haciendas will take you back in history, wonderful and unimaginable constructions, impressive landscapes of Mexico for the world.

The southern zone also lives at night, all along the southern zone you will find the ideal place to have fun, from a quiet bar where to start the night, to finish dancing in the various discotheques that offer the best environment to spend a fun and unforgettable evening.

Beraka Adventure Park

Come and discover the fun that Morelos has to offer. An amusement park for the whole family where you face spectacular challenges and overcome your obstacles. Experience the sensation of flying in the skydiving simulator, jump from the Berakanazo and enjoy the adrenaline, with several action-packed games, clear for lovers of excitement and adventure without limits.

Xochicalco, a sound, and light show not to be missed

Xochicalco is the fourth most visited archaeological site in the country and now is at the forefront of nighttime presentations, offering a show of illumination of the area, projection of images on a water screen and narration of the history of the site, as well as a tour of the Site Museum, which gives greater enhancement to this pre-Hispanic site. This show can be seen every Friday and Saturday from October until April.

Papalote Cuernavaca

Papalote has arrived in Cuernavaca with a new concept changing the way we perceive the world and others. At Papalote Cuernavaca children have access to more than 30 artistic and aesthetic processes that will help them develop super perception and interpretation of the world around them.

Xochicalco
Xochicalco. Image by Argelia Aguilar from Pixabay

Did you know?

In Cuautla, the railroad station was inaugurated on June 18, 1881, occupying a large part of what used to be the orchard of the Convent of San Diego, which was the headquarters of the forces of General Morelos, during the famous Battle of Cuautla in 1812. In August 1911, the leader Francisco I. Madero arrived at the station, Emiliano Zapata was waiting for him on the platform, from there he went to the Hotel Mora, where he sought Zapata's peace.

The narrow-gauge steam engine No.279 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia for the Mexican national railroads and put into service in 1904. The line was originally called the Morelos Railroad and was later incorporated into the Mexico-Veracruz Interoceanic Railroad. On October 11, 1973, the train made its last run because the following day the broad gauge was inaugurated. After much effort and paperwork, the land, the engine, and the cars were donated to the municipality, and nowadays on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month it runs 350 meters with a duration of 10 minutes in the same railroad station.

Tlayacapan landscape
Tlayacapan scenery. Photo: Sectur

Tlayacapan in Morelos

Tlayacapan is one of the most traditional towns of Morelos, located in the north of the state. It is known for the handicrafts that can be found in its Plaza del Alfarero, the famous four-eared clay pots, and other kitchen utensils, as well as the beautiful carvings that range from angels and cherubs to suns, moons, and animal carvings.

To begin the tour of Tlayacapan, nothing better than a visit to the former convent of San Juan Bautista, in the center of the town, this complex was built in the sixteenth century and part of the cultural heritage of humanity according to the list of UNESCO; in it is a museum of the site in what was the refectory, the sacristy where there are exhibits of mummies discovered when changing the floor of the temple a few years ago. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Another site that deserves a visit is the Cerería, a building from the 16th, 18th, and 19th centuries that currently houses the Cultural Center; inside we can appreciate three permanent exhibition rooms, an impressive circular cistern (the place where rainwater is collected), and a sample of the ovens used for the manufacture of candles; The building has a beautiful entrance portico, from there you can access a small museum with samples of Morelos culture such as dances, music, gastronomy, polychrome ceramic toys, and the famous flaked waxes. There are rooms for different courses, open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Church in Tepoztlán, Magic Town, Morelos, Mexico.
Tepoztlán church. Image by Tania Lucero from Pixabay

Tepoztlán, Magic Town

Tepoztlán is one of the 36 members nationwide of the Magical Towns Program promoted by the Ministry of Tourism in coordination with the state and municipal governments. The magic that surrounds Tepoztlán has shown that it has historical and religious motifs in its surroundings, qualities that make it different from other tourist destinations, with architectural and archaeological heritage. Tepoztlán Magic Town is not only a picturesque town, but it also boasts an adequate offer of services, accessible road routes, and an urban heritage that has been preserved through time.

The Pyramid of Tepozteco

It was built by the Tepoztecos of the Xochimilco between 1150 and 1350 A.D. and was worshipped by the god "Ometochtli Tepoztécatl", god of pulque associated with vegetal fertility and the wind. According to a Mesoamerican myth, Tepoztécatl was one of the "400" (i.e., innumerable) sons of the gods Mayahuel and Pantécatl (goddess of maguey and god who discovered the fermentation of mead to obtain pulque). This temple, which was part of the pre-Hispanic city of Tepoztlán, was very important; pilgrims from as far away as Guatemala came to it. In 1895 the Tepoztecan engineer Francisco Rodríguez, with the support of the community, freed the pyramid from the vegetation that covered it.

The Carlos Pellicer Museum

Located behind the Ex-Convent of the Nativity, this museum houses the archaeological collection of the famous Tabasco poet Carlos Pellicer Cámara, who donated it to the town of Tepoztlán in 1965. In its exhibition hall, you can observe important pieces from the different Mesoamerican cultures, among them the fragments of the sculpture of the god Ometochtli, located in the foothills of the Tepozteco hill.

Temple and Ex-Convent of La Natividad

Dedicated to the Virgin of the Nativity, it was built between 1555 and 1580 by the inhabitants of the towns of the old Tepoztlán lordship, under the direction of the Dominican friars; it consists of a large atrium, open chapel, graves chapels, temple, and convent.

The beautiful plateresque façade of the temple shows the Virgin Mary accompanied by Friar Domingo de Guzman, founder of the Dominican order, and Catherine of Siena, a saint venerated by the members of the order.

In 1580, the convent was already in disuse and remained in the hands of the Dominican friars until 1773, when it was handed over to the secular clergy as a consequence of the Bourbon Reforms of the 18th century.

In 1939 President Lázaro Cárdenas gave the former convent to the National Institute of Anthropology and History for safekeeping. In 1993 the INAH began a comprehensive restoration project and turned it into a cultural center with a community vocation, aimed, in the first instance, at researching and disseminating local history and culture; it also opened its doors, through temporary exhibitions, to various artistic expressions by members of the local community.

In the year 2000, the Tepoztlán Historical Museum was inaugurated in this building, which also has a Historical Documentation Center. This convent complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. On the top floor of the ex-convent is a viewpoint overlooking the majestic Tepoztlán mountain range, an ideal place to meet with oneself, an area for relaxation and contemplation.