The beautiful city of Cuautla which you will find in the state of Morelos is known for its sugarcane because it’s one of its main crops. Because of this, the region has many Haciendas. Actually, in 1829 the city was dubbed “The Heroic City of Morelos” by the government of the state of Mexico its names carries the meaning of “where eagles abound”.
Monuments and Attractions
Agua Hedionda Mineral Hot Springs: located at Av. Progreso s/n, Cuautla, Morelos. Rejuvenating mineral springs with an average temperature of 81º F and featuring 2 large pools fed by a gushing sulfur spring; several small and private pools, changing rooms, lodging, restaurants, children’s rides, and sports installations are also available. Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Other nearby bathing spas and mineral springs include:
Agua Linda: 2 pools, wading pool, changing room, sports fields
El Almeal: Two sweetwater springs with wading pool, sports facilities, changing rooms, restaurant.
Las Tazas: 1 pool, wading pool, cold sweet water spring
Los Limones: 3 large pools, wading pool, changing rooms, sports fields, restaurant, parking
Aqueduct: Constructed to move water to power the waterwheel of the Buenavista Sugar Mill & Hacienda, southwest of Cuautla.
Casa de Morelos Museum: 17th C. colonial building housing artifacts of the War of Independence and one of its heroes, Jose Ma. Morelos, as well as relics of the precolonial era. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Church and Ex-Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman: A 16th century structure in the center of town built by the Dominican monks around 1580 AD. Over the centuries it has served many: as fort and refuge by General Leonardo Bravo during the 1812 Siege of Cuautla; it was requisitioned as quarters for the Zapatista army, and recently the Preparatory School of the Autonomous University of Morelos occupied it for its House of Culture before it was returned to the Church.
Church and Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo: Convent originally built by the Dominicans in the 16th Century. But when it later came under the aegis of the Franciscans they erected a temple in honor of Saint Joseph in 1640 and then annexed the small convent. Then during the war of independance the structures ended up being were used as a defensive stronghold and then during the Hacienda era as well, the monastery ended up being turned into a hotel and then sadly the church ended up being used for warehouse space. Later, the structures were abandoned until being converted into a museum and a series of other cultural establishments.
Municipal Palace and Murals: In regards to the Municipal Palace the murals were all painted in 1969 and give a glimpse into what happened during the Siege of Cuautla in 1812. This also lets us see how the Mexican people struggled against the repression of the Spanish. Also, lets not forget the National heroes that included Jose Ma. Morelos, Matamoros, Galeana and the Insurgent Army as well.
Plazuela de la Revolucion del Sur: Plaza which is the resting place of the remains of Emiliano Zapata, the “Caudillo del Sur”.
Ferrocarril Interoceanico heritage railway & museum: Which was first Inaugurated in 1881, the railroad station now has the pleasure of housing the narrow gauge Steam Engine which is No. 279 and was built by the Philadelphia great Baldwin Locomotive Works. You know this engine was originally put to work in 1904 and kept going for the next 69 years until it’s retirement in October, 1973. It kept going until the very day before the new wide gauge tracks were scheduled to start being used. One nice thing is that good old No. 279 and all of its cars were given to the Municipality. They now use it on a fully functional and short, narrow gauge track that is currently being run from Cuautla to the town of Yecapixtla, which is well known for its amazing cecina which is dried, cured and salted meat.
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