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Zirahuén Lake

Santa Clara del Cobre

Just 14 kilometers (over 8 miles) from the Pueblo Mágico de Santa Clara del Cobre, you’ll find, between a pines and oaks forest, such a beautiful lake that even gods use it as a mirror—at least that’s Zirahuén’s meaning.

But this place mysticism doesn’t end there since it’s said that the lake is enchanted. Yes, you read that right. This body of water of a green and turquoise blue tones mixture contains a mysterious legend starred by Purepecha king Tangaxoán’s daughter—beautiful princess Eréndira, with whom a Spanish conqueror fell madly in love, deciding to kidnap her and hide her in the middle of a forest.

She was heartbroken when she was away from her people, so she sat on a rock crying nonstop, forming a lake around her. She noticed that throwing herself into the lake was her only way to escape, instantly turning into a mermaid.

Locals say the princess continues appearing to capture the fishermen that get captivated by her beauty. Legends aside, adventure lovers will be surely delighted with the number of activities they can do, such as crossing over the lake on a zip line, practicing paintball, kayaking on the lake and even touring the area on horseback. If you think that the day won’t be enough for you to do all that, there is always the option of renting one of the cabins surrounding the lake.

The experience is worth it, since watching the morning fog that floods the forest is unforgettable.
Just 14 kilometers (over 8 miles) from the Pueblo Mágico de Santa Clara del Cobre, you’ll find, between a pines and oaks forest, such a beautiful lake that even gods use it as a mirror—at least that’s Zirahuén’s meaning.

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But this place mysticism doesn’t end there since it’s said that the lake is enchanted. Yes, you read that right. This body of water of a green and turquoise blue tones mixture contains a mysterious legend starred by Purepecha king Tangaxoán’s daughter—beautiful princess Eréndira, with whom a Spanish conqueror fell madly in love, deciding to kidnap her and hide her in the middle of a forest.

She was heartbroken when she was away from her people, so she sat on a rock crying nonstop, forming a lake around her. She noticed that throwing herself into the lake was her only way to escape, instantly turning into a mermaid.

Locals say the princess continues appearing to capture the fishermen that get captivated by her beauty. Legends aside, adventure lovers will be surely delighted with the number of activities they can do, such as crossing over the lake on a zip line, practicing paintball, kayaking on the lake and even touring the area on horseback. If you think that the day won’t be enough for you to do all that, there is always the option of renting one of the cabins surrounding the lake.

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