One of the most important legacies we have in Mexico is that of our pre-Hispanic ancestors.

One of the most important legacies we have in Mexico is that of our pre-Hispanic ancestors. While we’ve all heard about the Mayans and Aztecs, there are many other pre-Hispanic cultures that had great power and importance in their time. One of them is the Purepechas, who lived primarily in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.

In the fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries, the Purepechas experienced a period of splendor and a cultural apex that drove it to be one of the strongest civilizations of the pre-Hispanic era. The Aztecs tried numerous times but were never able to invade or subdue the Purepechas. Their origin, though, is still a mystery as well as the Purepecha language: "la p'urhépecha". Their native tongue doesn’t seem to have any relationship to languages in the region. This has caused many historians to argued that the Purepechas were a group that originated in South America.

The Purepechas settled in the northwest region of Michoacan, mainly in the cities of Uruapan and Patzcuaro. Their capital was the city of Tzintzuntzan, which means "place of the hummingbirds", and to this day, you can admire the traditional Purepecha architecture that is characterized by stepped pyramids in Michoacan, Mexico. The Purepechas produced outstanding and intricate artisanal matters, using luxury materials such as hummingbird feathers, that gave them great prestige throughout the region. They were also instructors for working the metals.

With the arrival and conquest of the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, the Purepecha empire collapsed, as did all of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico. Even so, today we can still feel their presence in the Michoacán culture, as well as see indigenous people who speak their original tongue and who continue to pay tribute to their pre-Hispanic blood. In fact, in 2010, "la pirekua", a traditional Purepecha song, was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

At Best Western hotels, we invite you to discover the fascinating legacy of the Purepechas and the Michoacán culture. Patzcuaro has the greatest presence of this pre-Hispanic people, and here in Patzcuaro, we’ll receive you and yours the next time you’re visiting. Chose to stay at the Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco hotel for the beautiful gardens, colonial patios and a magnificent terrace overlooking the lake of Patzcuaro and the island of Janitzio. Dine in our restaurants and enjoy regional delicacies, and the Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco is also pet-friendly.

Our location is enviable, as we are located on the main avenue of Patzcuaro, just a few minutes from the historic center and one of the lake docks.

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