I, upon being correctly admonished for allowing this thread to wander about when my original intent was to simply discuss Cuernavaca as another in a string of places I have considered as a place to retire in Mexico, am modifying this thread to reflect the fact that it has evolved into a discussion of several alternative cities where the reader might achieve eternal happiness in retirement pending the big escape into the ether. It was suggested I, in my role as a moderator, test my skills at editing the thread by separating the discussion into light chats on various places but I felt perhaps a modification of the subject matter would be more appropriate. Thus the new heading assuming it survives scrutiny.
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Later this year we plan to spend a few days in Cuernavaca with the tentative notion of exploring the possibility of buying or renting long term a home there in the city´s colonial centro. Should we do this, it would mean moving our primary residence from Ajijic to Cuernavaca and, perhaps selling, but certainly at the minimum, renting our home at Lakeside but keeping our home in San Cristóbal de Las Casas if possible. I am writing this in order to see if any readers are familiar with Cuernavaca Centro and also if anyone is familiar with nice hotels in centro where we could stay for a few days while looking around. We are not open to the idea of living outside of the immediate centro area as ten years at Lake Chapals´s Lakeside area has taught us the value of living in the central urban area itself rather than outlying areas as we have here relative to Metro Guadalajara.
Any input would be appreciated from those familiar with Cuernavaca including any negative input as well. I wouldn´t be surprised, for instance, if some familiar with the city find it too congested and/or noisy or, as is the case with San Cristóbal´s historic center which, while not too congested, is not a truly pedestrian friendly city with its often narrow sidewalks difficult to negotiate with steep curbs and marginal traction during rainstorms. I am reminded that on the Chapala Informational Forum today is a debate as to whether Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende is a better place to live based upon a number of posited criteria and entirely reasonable people came to entirely different conclusions based upon what characteristics of each place was most important to them. An interesting e-conversation I commend to the reader.