Tzintzuntzan is a magical town where time stops to appreciate the view from the Yácatas, an archaeological and strategic area, or to fall in love with the Ex-convent of Santa Ana and its vernacular architecture. The chuspata crafts and lake motifs will be the perfect memory of your visit.
Tzintzuntzan has a glorious past as the capital of the Purépecha empire, when it had a population of 30 people. In the conquest, Tzintzuntzan became the first city of Michoacán and was, very briefly, the episcopal see.
The imposing Yácatas remain from the splendor of the pre-Hispanic era, remains of the ceremonial center of a culture that since the s. XII dominated these lands. Located on a natural promontory, from the Yácatas the entire surrounding territory is dominated, with spectacular panoramic views over Lake Pátzcuaro.
Vasco de Quiroga arrived in Tzintzuntzan in 1533. Here he founded the imposing Ex-convent of Santa Ana, around which this Magical Town grew. Today the vernacular architecture of one-story houses, tile roofs and large ailerons survives. In addition, 33 centuries-old olive trees shade the extensive atrium of the convent, a meeting place for the community. Here the first mass was celebrated in Michoacán and the first evangelization began from this convent, therefore the open chapel and the baptismal font. Today, the former convent houses the Tzintzuntzan Community Museum, with an interesting sample of the region's history.
The Magical Town of Tzintzuntzan, like all hospital towns in the region, is a village of artisans. Particularly famous are the typical beige ceramic tableware with fish motifs or green glazed ceramic, such as those displayed in the convent kitchen.
From Tzintzuntzan you can explore the Pátzcuaro lake, visiting hospital towns such as Santa Fe de la Laguna or the Tecuena, Yunuén and Pacanda islands, from the Ucazanaztacua pier.