When asked to name the most beautiful state in their country, most Mexicans name their own state first, then quickly add, “…and Michoacán!” In 1991 Morelia, the capital of Michoacán, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About 35 miles southwest of Morelia lies the colonial city of Pátzcuaro with its deep prehispanic roots.
In recognition of Pátzcuaro’s architectural beauty, its vibrant artisan tradition that flourishes to this day in the pueblos surrounding Lake Pátzcuaro, and the high-altitude drama of its countryside, the Mexican government has designated the city a Pueblo Mágico. Before the Spanish, Pátzcuaro was the ceremonial center of the Purhépecha empire, whose language, traditions, customs, and fiestas continue to enrich the life of today’s Patzcuarenses.
Travelers curious about Mexican culture and the natural environment are rewarded by a visit to this Mexican heartland.
Listed below is a representative group of activities that CELEP can arrange to enrich your visit to Pátzcuaro.