Collected by Mario Alberto Anaya
Every autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their way from Canada and the northern US to the pine forests of this corner of Michoacán, where they hibernate for the winter. Seeing these little creatures fly in swarms over hills and highways...
In the heart of Michoacan is beautiful Patzcuaro, a colonial town in the mountains not far from Morelia. It exhibits both the terror, love and hope that Mexicans have for their country, in the midst of some scary times. Viva Mexico!
An island town without a single road on it, rises from the center of Patzcuaro Lake. Janitzio Island is cone shaped, with an enormous statue of Jose Maria Morelos, one of the leaders of the Mexican Independence, on top. An indigenous Purhepecha...
Viveros, Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico
The guide book called Patzcuaro Lake "impossibly blue", but I found it rather brown. It's badly polluted because none of the little towns that surround it have sewage systems. That is changing however, the Mexican government is slowly installing...
Madrigal de Las A. Torres, Centro, 61600 Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico
One of the nicest markets in Patzcuaro is the Casa de los Once Patios (Eleven Patios), housed in a converted nunnery. The cloistered sisters needed air and outdoor time, hence the eleven beautiful gardens and patios, shielded with high walls from...
Carretera a Huetamo km 3+300, San Cayetano, 61512 Zitácuaro, Mich., Mexico
Located 2 km from Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Rancho San Cayetano is an oasis of calm and an excellent base for seeing the monarch butterflies at Cerro Pelón. Lisette and Pablo Span are your kind and efficient hosts who, in butterfly season (October and...
Camino a Sanabria-Ucazanaztacua Km.10.5 Sin Número, Lago de Pátzcuaro, 58440 Tzintzuntzan, Mich., Mexico
With all the negative press Mexico has been under, I set out on my own on a week long trip to Guadalajara and Morelia to prove a single woman without knowledge of Spanish can have an amazing and safe trip. Having realized the hotel I heard about...
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
On Sundays in the city of Morelia, the major thoroughfares are shut down to traffic for a few hours for Ciclovia--an international movement promoting traffic-free outdoor recreation in urban areas. The route begins in the historic center and...
Coatepec de Morelos, 61531 Zitácuaro, Mich., Mexico
Walk into the past as you climb the hill of this small village to La Iglesia de San Pancho, a restored 16th century Franciscan church that appeared in the classic John Huston-Humphrey Bogart film Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Stay the night at the...
Janitzio, Michoacán, Mexico
In July I visited Patzcuaro in the state of Michoacan in Mexico. On Lago Patzcuaro, there are a few inhabited islands, the largest being Janitzio. This quaint and rustic island is the perfect getaway to spend a day. You arrive by ferry and once...
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