Visit the beautiful Barranca Park in Uruapan Michoacan

A few steps from the center of Uruapan Michoacan is the Barranca Park, a beautiful natural setting enjoyed by locals and foreigners alike.

It is here the Cupatitzio River begins. Cupatitzio means “the river that sings for its falls” in the indigenous language, Purépecha. The origin of the river is known as "La Rodilla del Diablo” or The Devil’s Knee, an interesting name that comes from an ancient legend.  

All versions of this legend agree that around 1530 AD there was a great drought in the region. Juan Fray de San Miguel was journeying here to pray when the devil came out of a cave and tried to drive him away. The devil stumbled and when he fell, one knee hit the stone, breaking the ground so the water began to flow in that precise place. This river, the Cupatitzio, supplies water to Uruapan and becomes the Tzaráracua waterfall, about 10 km from the city.

This site, also known as Parque nacional de Uruapan, offers an enjoyable walk through cobblestone roads, surrounded by plants and trees, water, fountains and waterfalls that have been subtly re-directed so that they fall freely throughout the park. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera, and respect the flora and fauna that is found in your path.

To visit the Barranca Park, parque nacional de Uruapan and other fantastic landmarks located in the state of Michoacan, we recommend staying in the Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco. It’s centrally located in Pátzcuaro, and it’s an ideal starting point to explore Michoacan Mexico and all of its fascinating landmarks. Uruapan is located just one hour away, so it’s close enough for an eventful day trip in Mexico.

Best Western Hotel in Uruapan Michoacan

Our hotel has beautiful gardens, colonial patios and a magnificent terrace overlooking the lake of Patzcuaro and the island of Janitzio. Savor delicious dishes of traditional cuisine in our restaurant and we are pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your favorite exploring companion.

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