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Maravatio

Michoacán

Historians assured that it was the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza who established Maravatio in 1540 as a fortress against the attacks of the bloodthirsty Chichimecas.

This way, here, the missionaries established a temple that was dedicated to San Juan of Maravatio.

It is believed that the name of this place comes from the purepecha o tarasca word muruati that can be translated as “Precious or Flowery Place”, something that even today is accurate due to its enormous green landscapes at Maravatio of Ocampo.

The city is located 98 kilometers from the city of Morelia, Michoacán, and it has been witness or protagonist of several historic moments in the country. Here, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Independency hero, stayed some nights during his way to Toluca in 1810. The forerunner of Independency, Antonio María de Uraga, used to live here.

Another important citizen was Mateo Echaiz, a participant in the 1857 Constitution Act and the owner of the old Hacienda of Apeo, today abandoned.

The city, however, took its name from the liberal politician Melchor Ocampo, better known as the Reformation philosopher. He was born in 1814 at Hacienda Pateo of Maravatio where he spent most of his childhood. It's not possible to visit these haciendas since they belong to private owners, however, you can visit the Hacienda El Salto, which is perfectly restored and can be rented for weddings and other social gatherings.

On the other hand, the Historical Center of Maravatio de Ocampo has several important places worth visiting such as the Jardin Principal and its churches, especially the San Juan Bautista Parish.

Historians assured that it was the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza who established Maravatio in 1540 as a fortress against the attacks of the bloodthirsty Chichimecas.

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This way, here, the missionaries established a temple that was dedicated to San Juan of Maravatio.

It is believed that the name of this place comes from the purepecha o tarasca word muruati that can be translated as “Precious or Flowery Place”, something that even today is accurate due to its enormous green landscapes at Maravatio of Ocampo.

The city is located 98 kilometers from the city of Morelia, Michoacán, and it has been witness or protagonist of several historic moments in the country. Here, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Independency hero, stayed some nights during his way to Toluca in 1810. The forerunner of Independency, Antonio María de Uraga, used to live here.

Another important citizen was Mateo Echaiz, a participant in the 1857 Constitution Act and the owner of the old Hacienda of Apeo, today abandoned.

The city, however, took its name from the liberal politician Melchor Ocampo, better known as the Reformation philosopher. He was born in 1814 at Hacienda Pateo of Maravatio where he spent most of his childhood. It's not possible to visit these haciendas since they belong to private owners, however, you can visit the Hacienda El Salto, which is perfectly restored and can be rented for weddings and other social gatherings.

On the other hand, the Historical Center of Maravatio de Ocampo has several important places worth visiting such as the Jardin Principal and its churches, especially the San Juan Bautista Parish.

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