Retire Early Lifestyle
Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler


Retire Early Lifestyle Blog 

Free Newsletter Subscribe/Contact

Advertise on info here

RetireEarlyLifestyle Logo RetireEarlyLifestyle inspirational photo

In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

The Zocalo in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Share on Facebook

We're travelers as you know, and even as gorgeous as Chapala, Mexico is, we like to take these excursions from time to time.

On this particular trip, we flew into Puebla, Mexico then took a bus to Cuernavaca, and our plan was to bus it further on into Oaxaca.

The letters of the city of Cuernavaca spelled out in their Zocalo, Mexico

The letters of the city of Cuernavaca spelled out in their Zocalo

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Since it is located about a 90 minute drive south of Mexico City, the city dwellers there often come for short holidays for a change of pace.

The warm, stable climate and abundant vegetation is a powerful draw.

For decades, wealthy North Americans and Europeans established secondary residences in Cuernavaca and frequently traveled back and forth, while servants maintained the haciendas in their absence.

The Palacio de Cortez, Cuernavaca, Mexico

The Palacio de Cortez





Since we were traveling Mexico during the year of the Pandemic, many places and tourist attractions were closed to the public, taped or walled off as you can see here with the Palacio de Cortez..

This Palace is considered to be the most representative building of Cuernavaca, and was built by Hernán Cortés.

Apparently, the son of Christopher Colombus has a Palace in the Domincan Republic that looks quite similar.

This palace was finished in 1535 and is one of the oldest European-style, civil constructions in the Americas.

Cortés and his descendants lived here for several centuries. Afterwards, the building became a warehouse, a jail, a military barracks, and then the State Government Palace. After extensive restoration, this building is now the Museo Regional Cuauhnáhuac, dedicated to the history of Morelos State.

Taped off area leading  to the Zocalo with the Palacio de Cortez to the right, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Stairs up to the Zocalo and the government building

Here you see the yellow police tape walling off certain areas of the Zocalo from being visited by tourists. The Palacio  de Cortez is to the right

Casa Hidalgo Restaurant, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Casa Hidalgo Restaurant

This is the Hidalgo House Restaurant, and as the name implies, it was the home of Miguel Hidalgo, priest and revolutionary.

It has a wonderful view of the Zocalo and of the Palacio de Cortez.

The Cuernavaca Zocalo behind the City's Letters

The Cuernavaca Zocalo behind the City's Letters

This is the empty Zocalo behind the letters spelling out the city's name. Zocalos are favorite places to gather, sit on a park bench, have an ice cream or listen to wandering minstrels.

Today  it was ghostly, as you can see.

Edge of the Cuernavaca Zocalo with Palacio de Cortez, Mexico

One of the corners of the Zocalo with the Palacio de Cortez

The yellow and red building is a coffee shop with apartments above. Further down that same street you see the Palacio de Cortez.

The Morelos State Government Palace.

From the arch of the Morelos State Government Palace





Here we are standing under one of the arches of the State Government Palace.

While no one is allowed to gather in the Zocalo itself, and the Government Palace is closed, you can see in the center of the photo that people have still congregated under the umbrellas.

They are enjoying their community and having a meal.

Statue in the Government Palace, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Statue in the Government Palace

This is a beautiful statue under the Portales of the Morelos State Government Palace. The pink ribbons are showing support for breast cancer.

We didn't stay long in Cuernavaca, but we did wander the streets and neighborhoods. There were some funky bars and restaurants tucked away, as well as some mesmerizing murals, for which all of Mexico is known.

For more photos and stories on Mexico, CLICK HERE

VIDEOS, VIDEOS, VIDEOS! See Mexico for yourself! Beaches, Bars, Babes, Great Food, Live Music.

Trending on Retire Early Lifestyle


Visit our book Store

About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

contact Billy and Akaisha at

advertise contact

Your financial independence and travel starts here

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

HOME   Book Store


Retire Early Lifestyle Blog      About Billy & Akaisha Kaderli      Press     Contact     20 Questions     Preferred Links    

Retirement     Country Info     Retiree Interviews      Commentary     REL Videos




Subscribe Newsletter