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Cuernavaca (; Classical Nahuatl: Cuauhnāhuac [kʷawˈnaːwak] "near the woods") is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. It was established by the Olmec, "the mother culture" of Mesoamerica, approximately 3200 years ago and is designated as the archaeological site of Gualupita I . The city is located south of Mexico City, from which it may be reached after a drive of approximately 1 1/2 hours using the D-95 Freeway. Cuernavaca was designated Forest Protection Zone by President Lazaro Cardenas in the 1930s to protect the aquifers, the vegetation and the quality of life of residents both in Mexico City and locally. The city was nicknamed the "City of Eternal Spring" by Alexander von Humboldt in the nineteenth century. It has long been a favorite escape for Mexico City and foreign visitors because of this warm, stable climate and abundant vegetation. Aztec emperors had summer residences there, and today many famous people as well as Mexico City residents maintain homes there. Considering its location of just a 1½-hour drive from Mexico City, Cuernavaca traditionally has been a center of Mexican society and glamour, with many of the country's wealthy citizens owning sprawling mansions and haciendas in this cultural haven. Cuernavaca is also host to a large foreign resident population, including large numbers of students who come to study the Spanish language. The name "Cuernavaca" is derived from the Nahuatl phrase "Cuauhnāhuac" and means "surrounded by or close to trees". The name eventually was Hispanicized to Cuernavaca. The coat-of-arms of the municipality is based on the pre-Columbian pictograph emblem of the city which depicts a tree trunk (cuahuitl) with three branches, with foliage, and four roots colored red. There is a cut in the trunk in the form of a mouth, from which emerges a speech scroll, probably representing the language Nahuatl and by extension the locative suffix "-nāhuac", meaning "near".

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Facts and Stats for Cuernavaca*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cuernavaca

    Know the pollution level of Cuernavaca before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Cuernavaca: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cuernavaca for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cuernavaca.

    • Burglary and Theft 67.5 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 70 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 70 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 90 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 63.89 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 69.44 (High)
    • Attacks 69.44 (High)
    • Drug offense 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 22.5 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 35 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.44 (High)
  • Living in Cuernavaca - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cuernavaca is 130.15 (High)

    • Safety Index 33.45 (Low)
    • Climate Index 95.64 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 64.94 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 6 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 32.73 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.5 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 46.94 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cuernavaca

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cuernavaca

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 60.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.04 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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