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Tarascan Towns Route

El Oro, Tzintzuntzan, Pátzcuaro, Atlacomulco, Toluca

In Toluca de Lerdo you will begin an unforgettable tour through the states of Mexico and Michoacán. This vibrant city offers you numerous colonial churches, museums and archaeological sites. Walking through the historic downtown area will allow you to visit different places of interest, such as Los Portales, the Cathedral, the buildings of the Legislative and Judicial Powers, and the famous Cosmovitral, made with 1,500 pieces of glass from Europe.

Atlacomulco de Fabela is located one hour northwest of Toluca and offers both colonial and contemporary attractions, such as the Parroquia de Santa María de Guadalupe (Santa María de Guadalupe Parish), the Santuario del señor del Huerto (Señor del Huerto Sanctuary) and the Isidro Fabela Cultural Center. If you arrive at this place on a Sunday, you can visit the “tianguis” and enjoy the fruit sherbets and the anise cocoles, as well as buy traditional crafts made with clay and wood.

The oyamel and pine forests frame the wonderful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) El Oro de Hidalgo, located 40 minutes west of Atlacomulco. Here you will find beautiful samples of colonial, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture, such as the Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater) and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Even though the mining industry has disappeared nowadays, you can learn about its history in the Mining Museum. Gastronomy is also part of El Oro’s tourist appeal, particularly the delicious mutton barbecue, the mole de guajolote, and as a digestive, the traditional "chiva", a powerful liqueur prepared with herbs and anise, simply delicious!

In the neighboring state of Michoacán is Tlalpujahua de Rayón, a beautiful town with a mining tradition, located just 15 minutes west of El Oro. This place is recognized for the manufacture of decorative Christmas spheres and its majestic pink quarry stone constructions, such as the Santuario del Carmen (El Carmen Sanctuary), from where you can enjoy beautiful views. We recommend you to visit the Hermanos López Rayón Museum and also discover the different pottery, ceramics and feather art workshops that are found throughout town.

50 minutes west of Tlalpujahua is Maravatío de Ocampo. Here you can enjoy colonial buildings in excellent condition, such as: the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista Parish) and the Capilla de la Purísima Concepción (Purísima Concepción Chapel). Behind the Town Hall you will find the Municipal Market, visit it and try the corundas and the tamales de ceniza, both delicious traditional snacks.

Cuitzeo del Porvenir, you will find it one hour and twenty minutes west of Maravatío. This picturesque place offers wonderful views of Lake Cuitzeo and beautiful samples of colonial architecture, such as the Conjunto Conventual de Santa María Magdalena (Conventual Complex of Santa María Magdalena) and the Iglesia del Hospitalito (Church of Hospitalito). The most popular crafts are baskets and hats, made with tule fiber, which is very abundant on the shores of the lake.

Go now to Tzintzuntzan, the former capital city of the Purepecha empire. This beautiful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) is located one hour and twenty minutes southwest of Cuitzeo. It has one of the most unique archaeological sites in the country: Las Yácatas; its circular foundations and the Museo de Sitio (Site Museum) will surprise you. The Convento de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Convent) is a beautiful sample of 16th century religious architecture and in its surroundings you can find traditional crafts made with ceramics, tule wood and leather. We recommend that before leaving you try the traditional "churipo", a delicious fish broth made with chile colorado.

Pátzcuaro undoubtedly deserves the title of Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town). It is located 25 minutes south of Tzintzuntzan and offers beautiful views of the lake, sober colonial architecture and colorful crafts that you will surely want to take home. The places you must visit here are: the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Nuestra Señora de la Salud Basilica); the Casa de los 11 Patios (House of the Eleven Patios) to buy the best crafts; Los Miradores (Viewpoints) to take the best photos; and of course, the island of Janitzio, to fall in love with!

In Toluca de Lerdo you will begin an unforgettable tour through the states of Mexico and Michoacán. This vibrant city offers you numerous colonial churches, museums and archaeological sites. Walking through the historic downtown area will allow you to visit different places of interest, such as Los Portales, the Cathedral, the buildings of the Legislative and Judicial Powers, and the famous Cosmovitral, made with 1,500 pieces of glass from Europe.

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Atlacomulco de Fabela is located one hour northwest of Toluca and offers both colonial and contemporary attractions, such as the Parroquia de Santa María de Guadalupe (Santa María de Guadalupe Parish), the Santuario del señor del Huerto (Señor del Huerto Sanctuary) and the Isidro Fabela Cultural Center. If you arrive at this place on a Sunday, you can visit the “tianguis” and enjoy the fruit sherbets and the anise cocoles, as well as buy traditional crafts made with clay and wood.

The oyamel and pine forests frame the wonderful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) El Oro de Hidalgo, located 40 minutes west of Atlacomulco. Here you will find beautiful samples of colonial, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture, such as the Teatro Juárez (Juárez Theater) and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Even though the mining industry has disappeared nowadays, you can learn about its history in the Mining Museum. Gastronomy is also part of El Oro’s tourist appeal, particularly the delicious mutton barbecue, the mole de guajolote, and as a digestive, the traditional "chiva", a powerful liqueur prepared with herbs and anise, simply delicious!

In the neighboring state of Michoacán is Tlalpujahua de Rayón, a beautiful town with a mining tradition, located just 15 minutes west of El Oro. This place is recognized for the manufacture of decorative Christmas spheres and its majestic pink quarry stone constructions, such as the Santuario del Carmen (El Carmen Sanctuary), from where you can enjoy beautiful views. We recommend you to visit the Hermanos López Rayón Museum and also discover the different pottery, ceramics and feather art workshops that are found throughout town.

50 minutes west of Tlalpujahua is Maravatío de Ocampo. Here you can enjoy colonial buildings in excellent condition, such as: the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista Parish) and the Capilla de la Purísima Concepción (Purísima Concepción Chapel). Behind the Town Hall you will find the Municipal Market, visit it and try the corundas and the tamales de ceniza, both delicious traditional snacks.

Cuitzeo del Porvenir, you will find it one hour and twenty minutes west of Maravatío. This picturesque place offers wonderful views of Lake Cuitzeo and beautiful samples of colonial architecture, such as the Conjunto Conventual de Santa María Magdalena (Conventual Complex of Santa María Magdalena) and the Iglesia del Hospitalito (Church of Hospitalito). The most popular crafts are baskets and hats, made with tule fiber, which is very abundant on the shores of the lake.

Go now to Tzintzuntzan, the former capital city of the Purepecha empire. This beautiful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) is located one hour and twenty minutes southwest of Cuitzeo. It has one of the most unique archaeological sites in the country: Las Yácatas; its circular foundations and the Museo de Sitio (Site Museum) will surprise you. The Convento de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Convent) is a beautiful sample of 16th century religious architecture and in its surroundings you can find traditional crafts made with ceramics, tule wood and leather. We recommend that before leaving you try the traditional "churipo", a delicious fish broth made with chile colorado.

Pátzcuaro undoubtedly deserves the title of Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town). It is located 25 minutes south of Tzintzuntzan and offers beautiful views of the lake, sober colonial architecture and colorful crafts that you will surely want to take home. The places you must visit here are: the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Nuestra Señora de la Salud Basilica); the Casa de los 11 Patios (House of the Eleven Patios) to buy the best crafts; Los Miradores (Viewpoints) to take the best photos; and of course, the island of Janitzio, to fall in love with!

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