The beautiful Pueblo Magico of Patzcuaro in Michoacán has a particular colonial charm, enhanced by its fascinating cultural riches and its breathtaking lake.
For years, Patzcuaro has been the inspiration of numerous artists, filmmakers and musicians. You’re guaranteed to be fascinated by all of the places and tucked-away corners that you’ll discover in this town.
Visit the Plaza Grande, in the city center. Considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in the Americas, with magnificent architecture, cozy cafes and numerous vendors selling local products. You can also see "The Dance of the Oldies" – a typical dance of the region. In the plaza’s vicinity lie some of the most important religious sites in Michoacan, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, the Temple of the Tabernacle, and the Temple of the Society of Jesus.
If you want to buy beautiful, innate handicrafts in Patzcuaro, go to the House of Eleven Patios. This unique location is not only an example of the typical architecture of Michoacan, it’s also one of the main places to buy artisan crafts in Patzcuaro. Another location you should visit for shopping is the folkloric Wood Craft Market.
Cross the lake of Patzcuaro to visit the mystic island of Janitzio. On the way, you’re sure to see the traditional fishermen of the area softly casting their butterfly-shaped nets into the breeze.
If Mexico’s pre-Hispanic roots are fascinating to you, you’ll want to visit the archaeological site of Tzintzuntzan, located half an hour from Patzcuaro. See the ruins of the Purépecha empire and learn the secrets of its mysterious history.
Another of the most visited sites in the Michoacan is the beautiful Barranca del Cupatitzio National Park, located one hour away from Pazcuaro, in the city of Uruapan. Take a pleasant nature walk and enjoy the fresh ambiance and friendly people.
Finally, we can’t fail to mention that Patzcuaro and Janitzio are two of the destinations where the Day of the Dead is celebrated with great fervor in Mexico. On these dates (November 1 and 2), people from all over the world gather to be part of one of the most deeply rooted and beloved Mexican traditions in the country.
Enjoy everything that the beautiful Pueblo Magico of Patzcuaro in Michoacán has to offer and stay with us at the Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco. We have comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens, colonial patios, restaurants to enjoy regional delicacies, and a magnificent terrace overlooking the lake of Patzcuaro and the island of Janitzio. We have a convenient location since we are on the main avenue, just a few minutes from the historic city center and one of the docks of the lake.
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