Patzcuaro

Pátzcuaro is a magical town that dazzles with its cobblestones, the warmth of its people, the barter that continues to prevail among its inhabitants, as well as the legacy architecture of years, which safeguards the teachings of Don Vasco de Quiroga. The snow of pasta, the enchiladas of its portals and its main square are a delight. In addition to having piers to move you to the island of Janitzio.

On the shore of the lake of the same name stands Pátzcuaro, a peaceful town with cobbled streets, stately homes, tree-lined squares and ever-crowded portals. A town that preserves the provincial charm of its slopes, its sources, its temples, its daily rituals. The Magic Town of Pátzcuaro does not need artifices to captivate the traveler.

Few places in Mexico can boast more than 500 years of history, and Pátzcuaro is one of them. Founded by Don Vasco to be the political and religious center of the region. Don Vasco built the Basilica of Our Lady of Health and founded the first university in Mexico, the Colegio de San Nicolás, today the interesting Museum of Popular Arts and Industries. A profusion of temples and convents such as San Agustín, San Francisco or the Jesuits surround the bustling center and, with their chimes, set the rhythm of daily activities.

Touring this Magical Town is a delight for photographers, foodies and the curious. In the mornings, the activity is concentrated in the Gertrudis Bocanegra square with people coming and going to the market, an excellent place to try and buy typically Michoacán products such as dried charales, stuffed corundas or Cotija cheese. In the afternoons, the restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors and fashionable mezcal shops gather locals and foreigners under the portals of the Plaza Vasco de Quiroga. And always with the traditional music that the old people dance.

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