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Route of the Purépecha towns

Santa Clara del Cobre, Guadalajara, Pátzcuaro

Enjoy the best of the states of Jalisco and Michoacán, with this route that begins in the city of Guadalajara. The first route that you cannot miss is its Historic Center, did you know that the conjunction of four squares form a cross? The Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (Roundabout of the Illustrious Jaliscienses), the Plaza de Armas, and the Guadalajara and Liberación Squares come together to give it that shape. Here you can visit the most emblematic buildings of the city, starting with its imposing Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), the Instituto Cultural Cañas (Cabañas Cultural Institute), the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimos Sacramento (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Sacrament) and the Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater). Other attractions that this state has contributed to the world of culture are dance and music, so do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the jarabe tapatío and the incredible mariachi nor the gastronomy, try the tortas ahogadas and varieties of tequila.

The route continues to Michoacán, making a stop at the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Cuitzeo. Here the beauty of its lake is combined with its colonial architecture, such as the Conjunto Conventual de Santa María Magdalena (Conventual Complex of Santa María Magdalena) from the viceroyalty era, one of the best preserved where you can admire the carved quarry and murals; the Iglesia de Hospitalito (Church of Hospitalito) and the Museo Nacional del Cobre (National Museum of Copper) are other unavoidable visits. In this beautiful town you will find hats and baskets made with the fiber of tule that grows on the shores of the lake.

Now continue to the wonderful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tzintzuntzan, which was the capital of the Purepecha empire. You will be surprised by its archaeological zone, the most unique in the country: Las Yácatas, since its vestiges are not the pyramids that can be seen in almost all archaeological sites, here they are circular in shape, of various levels and do not have a ball court either; In the museum located at the entrance you will be able to learn details of this enigmatic place. Continue to the Convento de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Convent) dating back to the 16th century and where the old olive trees planted by Don Vasco de Quiroga are still preserved.

Continuing with the beauty of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Towns) of Michoacán, now you will visit Santa Clara del Cobre. It is a community totally dedicated to the artisan work of copper items, living up to its name. It is undoubtedly the main attraction, to admire the manual work of the artisans in their workshops and to observe the works of art that are made with their hands, in this trade learned by their ancestors. You may purchase these works of art which can be from a bracelet made of hammered copper, to a complete set of tableware.

Just 25 minutes and you will be in the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Pátzcuaro. Enjoy the view of the lake and its preserved architecture of houses with tile roofs and cobbled streets. You cannot miss the Casa de los Once Patios (House of the Eleven Patios), the Basilica de Nuestra Señora Salud (Basílica of Our Lady of Health), strolling through the Plaza Don Vasco savoring a nieve de pasta (caramelized milk ice cream), and of course, crossing over to the island of Janitzio. Savor the delicious charales, churipo and corundas, some of the stars of Michoacan gastronomy and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Enjoy the best of the states of Jalisco and Michoacán, with this route that begins in the city of Guadalajara. The first route that you cannot miss is its Historic Center, did you know that the conjunction of four squares form a cross? The Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (Roundabout of the Illustrious Jaliscienses), the Plaza de Armas, and the Guadalajara and Liberación Squares come together to give it that shape. Here you can visit the most emblematic buildings of the city, starting with its imposing Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral), the Instituto Cultural Cañas (Cabañas Cultural Institute), the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimos Sacramento (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Sacrament) and the Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater). Other attractions that this state has contributed to the world of culture are dance and music, so do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the jarabe tapatío and the incredible mariachi nor the gastronomy, try the tortas ahogadas and varieties of tequila.

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The route continues to Michoacán, making a stop at the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Cuitzeo. Here the beauty of its lake is combined with its colonial architecture, such as the Conjunto Conventual de Santa María Magdalena (Conventual Complex of Santa María Magdalena) from the viceroyalty era, one of the best preserved where you can admire the carved quarry and murals; the Iglesia de Hospitalito (Church of Hospitalito) and the Museo Nacional del Cobre (National Museum of Copper) are other unavoidable visits. In this beautiful town you will find hats and baskets made with the fiber of tule that grows on the shores of the lake.

Now continue to the wonderful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tzintzuntzan, which was the capital of the Purepecha empire. You will be surprised by its archaeological zone, the most unique in the country: Las Yácatas, since its vestiges are not the pyramids that can be seen in almost all archaeological sites, here they are circular in shape, of various levels and do not have a ball court either; In the museum located at the entrance you will be able to learn details of this enigmatic place. Continue to the Convento de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Convent) dating back to the 16th century and where the old olive trees planted by Don Vasco de Quiroga are still preserved.

Continuing with the beauty of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Towns) of Michoacán, now you will visit Santa Clara del Cobre. It is a community totally dedicated to the artisan work of copper items, living up to its name. It is undoubtedly the main attraction, to admire the manual work of the artisans in their workshops and to observe the works of art that are made with their hands, in this trade learned by their ancestors. You may purchase these works of art which can be from a bracelet made of hammered copper, to a complete set of tableware.

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