Sunday, February 12, 2006

Balneario Las Palmas near Tahuixtla - Morelos

Balneario Las Palmas near Tahuixtla
I visted this place about 6 years ago with friends from Mexico City. Wasn't sure I could find it again but I did. All the pools are spring fed - not from the river. Very clean and nice management. It's about 40 kilometers from Cuernavaca on the Acapulco Autopista. Take the Tahuixtla exit but take the road to the right if you are headed south (don't cross the Autopista). As you come into the second small town about 12 kilometers from the hyway you'll see a sign on the left. Drive in about 1/4 km and you'll be at the front gate. The cost is 45 pesos for an all day visit and 110 pesos for over night camping.

Their Web Site - Balneario Las Palmas - Tehuixtla, Morelos

The front gate

There are three pools and this is the medium sized one

The drive thru the property

The second larger pool

The restaurant and wading pool

The river very full from summer rains

Monday, February 06, 2006


Tepoztlán is only about a 40 minute drive from Cuernavaca either on a Cuota or a Libre thru a few small towns. The most interesting part of Tepoztlán is it's location in a valley surrounded with striking rock formations. There is also a cool church, an ex-convento with a museo and a large market. Other than that, it's a small town worth a few hours.

View of the church with backdrop of mountains

The church

The museum

The market

One of the most interesting side-trips from Cuernavaca is to TEPOZTLÁN , just 20km to the northeast, and dramatically sited in a narrow valley spectacularly ringed by volcanic mountains. Until recently this was an entirely different world, an isolated agrarian community inhabited by Nahuatl-speaking people whose life can have changed little between the time of the Conquest and the beginning of the twentieth century. It was on Tepoztlán that Oscar Lewis based his classic study of Life in a Mexican Village and traced the effects of the Revolution on it: the village was an important stronghold of the original Zapatista movement

It's also the village where Quetzalcóatl, the Plumed Serpent god of the Aztecs, was born.
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