Patzcuaro a colonial jewel whose architecture
has remained largely
unchanged over the years, here you will have the feeling of traveling
centuries back in time.
Numerous sites are available to explore such as: the Baslica
of our Lady of La Salud, the church of La Compania, the Jesuits
ex-College, the House of the Eleven Patios, the Regional Museum of
Popular Arts and the former monastery of San Agustin today the Public
There is also the extraordinary Don Vasco Square surrounded
by 16th century mansions and ash trees, in the center there is a
fountain with a large figure of beloved Vasco de Quiroga. This square is
considerate one of the most beautiful of the country.
The 16th century capital of Michoacan set at 7,250 feet is
about 1 1/2 miles from the world famous Lake Patzcuaro known not just
for its beauty, but also for the fisherman and their "butterfly" nets.
The lake is surrounded by little indian villages full of traditions and
folklore. There are
also important archeological zones of the Purepechan Empire such as:
Tzintzuntzan and Ihuatzio.
Patzcuaro and its region is also a paradise for handcrafts
shoppers, there you will find a huge variety of handcrafts, including
lacquer work, wood carving, pottery and ceramic dishes, tablecloths and
clothing, jewelry and copper work.