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Activities & Excursions - Cuernavaca, Mexico  


Activities & Excursions

Excursions,Cultural & Social Activities

Students will have the opportunity to participate in different organized recreational activities. They include social and cultural events that significantly contribute to the learning experience.

Usually twice a month "fiestas" for students are thrown. These allow for informal conversation and discussion with faculty members. Students' host families are also invited to these social activities. Other social activities include a "social hour" at a local cafe in Cuernavaca where students have an opportunity to interact in Spanish with each other and with teachers in a social setting.

Students also have ample time between and after classes to meet and cultivate friendships with each other.

For those who like to dance, the school offers Salsa dance classes to perfect those latin dance steps. Students who prefer a more quiet activity can enroll in a Mexican cooking class.

In cooperation with the Morelos Tourist Bureau and the University of Morelos, Universidad Internacional keeps students informed about cultural events taking place in Cuernavaca, such as music and dance recitals, exhibitions, lectures, plays and special films.

Golf courses, tennis courts, bowling alleys, swimming pools at hotels and host families' homes, movie theaters, restaurants, bookstores, outdoor markets, performances by street musicians (mariachis), and sidewalk cafes surrounding the main square (Zocalo) all provide additional recreational and entertainment opportunities.


Students enrolled in the language program have the opportunity to participate in excursions and field trips organized by the school. These are usually half-day, one day, or two day trips scheduled during the week and on weekends. They include trips to archaeological and colonial sites, institutions such as hospitals or companies, colonial towns, and the beach. A faculty member serves as a guide to lead discussions and answer questions during these outings. The guided tour is usually conducted in Spanish. Excursions are optional and at additional cost.

Excursions offered include the following:

  • Mexico City: Museum of Anthropology and Ballet Folklórico; Colonial Mexico: Visit to museums, the University and the Market; "Walls of Fire" is the metaphor used for the Mexican muralist movement which can be seen in the Fine Arts Palace, the National Palace and Polyforum; Siqueiros.

  • Taxco: A visit to Mexico's well-known silver-mining town with its silver shops, plaza, cathedral, and its colonial sites.

  • Teotihuacán: The most important prehispanic city in North America with its two imposing pyramids.

  • Acapulco: Two nights and three days to the famous Mexican beach resort. Departing Friday at 2 pm, returning Sunday at 8 pm.

  • Puebla and Cholula: is the fifth largest city in México with a surprisingly cosmopolitan atmosphere. Much of Puebla´s wealth and architecture from the 19th century can still be seen today. The city was once the principal stopping point in route to Veracruz, Mexico´s principal port city. This trip includes a visit to Cholula, a prehispanic city famous for its 365 churches and the Gran Pirámide, the largest in México.

  • Museo de Dolores Olmedo and Xochimilco gardens are located in Mexico City: This colonial building museum holds the largest private art collection of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Xochimilco is tfamous for its colorful gardens and traditional boats (trajineras).

Mini-Excursions include:
  •   Indian market of "Santiago Tianguistenco" north of Cuernavaca, famous for its hand-woven textiles, rugs, blankets and ponchos.
  •   "Las Estacas", natural springs, and the Hacienda Vista Hermosa with its collection of antique carriages, gardens, golf courses and restaurant.
  •   Visit to the magical Indian village of Tepoztlán with its Dominican church, former convent, pre-colonial pyramid and archaeological museum. Included on this trip are visits to Oaxtepec, an important government resort; and Hacienda de Cocoyoc, a resort hotel built around ruins from the 16th century.
  •   Visit to the pyramids of Xochicalco, a ceremonial site for the Xochicalcas Indians covering six square miles of honeycombed underground caves and passages. It is located about 24 miles south of Cuernavaca.
  •   Ballet folklorico: is a mosaic of Mexican folklore and traditions. Typical dances from across Mexico are performed in the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in Mexico City.
  •   Cacahuamilpa Caves: Are among some of the largest caves in the world. The caves depth goes two kilometers into the heart of the mountain.

Students are encouraged to participate in our wide- range of classes such as dance (Salsa, Folkloric, Hawaiian, Jazz, Hip-Hop, etc.), Mexican cooking class ; personal defense, and capoeira. Furthermore, we offer recreational activities such as basketball, tennis, soccer, football, and volleyball.


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