The magical town of Patzcuaro

View of Patzcuaro Island in Mitchoacan

Thanks to Vasco de Quiroga, the city has been able to prosper and become very important today. Get to know a place full of history.

The municipality of Patzcuaro in the state of Michoacan.

Located in the state of Michóacán, this city was founded in the year 1300 by the Purépachas or also known as Tarascans, being one of the first cities they created.

It has been a magical town since 2002 and its name means ”the door to heaven”. It was one of the main religious centers of the Purepacha civilization, since it was believed to be the place where the gods ascended and descended.

Attractions you can find in Patzcuaro

  • Colegio de San Nicolás
  • House of the eleven patios
  • Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
  • Temple of the Tabernacle
  • Basilica of the Virgin of Health
  • San Juan de Dios Temple and Hospital
  • San Francisco Square
  • Huitziméngari Palace
  • Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library
  • Emperor Caltzontzin Theater

The church of Patzcuaro in Michoacan

Pátzcuaro city center

Visit its steep cobblestone streets, where you will find craft stores where you can buy souvenirs of your trip. Being located in Michoacán, the city has benefited from its long history of handicraft production.

That is why many varieties of handicrafts are produced in Patzcuaro. You can purchase your piece at the Casa de las artesanías de Michoacán, former Convent of San Francisco.

Get to know its people, stay during the city’s festivities, visit its churches and convents, as well as the plazas and the different buildings…travel back in time during your stay in Patzcuaro.

Lake Patzcuaro

Due to deforestation, pollution, climate change and everything that has had to do with the arrival of man, this lake has suffered a drop in water level.

The lake is surrounded by more than 20 indigenous villages. In the islands that make up the lake there are several species such as trout, tiruhs, among others.

Patzcuaro Islands

These islands are located in Lake Patzcuaro, to the west in the municipality of Morelia. It has a total of seven islands: Janitzio, the most important and largest of the islands, La Pacanda, Yunuén, Tecuena, Copujo islet and Jarácuaro.

El Estribo de Patzcuaro Lookout Point

It is located at the top of the volcano, after a paved path. Everything is surrounded by trees and vegetation, and at the lookout point there is a stone kiosk that simulates being built with logs. You will also be able to climb the more than 400 steps that will take you to the top of the hill.

Hotels in Patzcuaro

One of the most recommended hotels is the Portón del cielo, classified as the most romantic in the city. If you want to travel with your partner, it will certainly be a good choice. There are more options such as cabins, hotels or trailer parks.

Another recommendation we make for romantic trips as a couple is to stay at the hotels in Cancun of the Oasis Hotels chain. A Sian Ka’an adults-only vacation with access to exclusive services will be the perfect icing on the cake for an unforgettable vacation.

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