Cuajimalpa de Morelos, in common usage, usually referred to only in its original form and shorter Cuajimalpa, is one of 16 districts ( delegaciones ) of Mexico City. The district is located in the middle and far west of the Mexican capital. His entire eastern border runs along the Delegación Álvaro Obregón, with whom he jointly houses the business district of Santa Fe.

Meaning of the name

The term Cuajimalpa derives from the term Cuauhximalpan. This comes from the Nahuatl language and is derived from the words Cuauhximalli (wood shavings) and pan ( locative ) is formed. The term therefore refers probably a sawmill or thinks about on the wood chips. Both interpretations reveal that many of the original inhabitants were woodcutters and wood carver. The addition of de Morelos was only in 1970, added in honor of José María Morelos, a hero of the Mexican War of Independence.


Much of the terrain is rather rough texture and houses mainly in the center and south peaks at about 3,800 meters above sea level, such as La Palma ( 3810 m ), San Miguel ( 3800 m) and Cochinito ( 3760 m). The area consists mainly of volcanic rocks and has some small valleys and gorges.


The main attraction of Delegación Cuajimalpa is the Desierto de los Leones ( Lions dt desert ); a magnificent landscape that is home to a former Carmelite convent, which now houses a museum, a restaurant and various rooms for exhibitions and cultural events are. The Desierte de los Leones has been declared a National Park in 1917.

The most expensive residential area of ​​Mexico City

Cuajimalpa is the most expensive residential area of ​​Mexico City. According to the real estate company Metrosúbicos the average square meter price is 26 852 pesos and thus is 55 % higher than the average of Mexico City with 17 315 ​​pesos. However, there is an extremely steep gradient within the district. While sqm rates of up to 95,000 pesos to be paid in the districts of Bosques de Santa Fe or Club de Bosques Gulf, the square meter of living space only 9,700 pesos is worth in areas such as Manzanastitla or La Navidad.