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Zirahuén

Michoacán

Legend says that the Spanish conquerors kidnapped the beautiful Purepecha princess Eréndira and hid her in a valley surrounded by forests and mountains. Disconsolate for having lost her freedom, Eréndira cried imploring the gods of day and night, who sent her a torrent of tears that transformed into a lake where she threw herself, becoming a mermaid.

The lake of the mythical story is Zirahuén, whose name means Mirror of the Gods, and a privileged natural landscape around which exciting outdoor activities take place.

Located in the lake area of the State of Michoacán, 15 kilometers ( 9 miles ) from Santa Clara del Cobre, 25 kilometers ( 16 miles ) from Pátzcuaro and 75 kilometers ( 47 miles ) from Morelia, Zirahuén is also a small cobblestone town dedicated to tourism. In its center stands the parroquia del Señor del Perdón (Lord of Forgiveness parish church), in front of a square with a kiosk and a quarry fountain. Although its most emblematic point is nine arches located on the shores of the lake that are the protagonists of the most typical photographs of Zirahuén.

However, most visitors go immediately to the main dock, where you can take a boat to enjoy the views from the water, which gives the look the thousands of shades of green.

The entire lake is surrounded by cabins and trojes (old wooden constructions), where it is possible to stay, camping areas and restaurants that serve specialties such as charales, white fish broth, stuffed trout, tarasca soup and pumpkin flower or huitlacoche quesadillas. There are also facilities for adventure sports, kayak rentals, horseback riding, trails for walking or riding mountain bikes, zip lines and ATVs.

Zirahuén is divided into three sections: Orquídea, with places to celebrate events, ecotourism activities and cabins; Alpina, with cabins with their pronounced gable roofs, an adventure park and the small bay of Agua Verde (Green Water); in addition to Zirahuén, where the town is located, there are cabins, places to eat at accessible prices and a restaurant with views of the lake and the arches.
Legend says that the Spanish conquerors kidnapped the beautiful Purepecha princess Eréndira and hid her in a valley surrounded by forests and mountains. Disconsolate for having lost her freedom, Eréndira cried imploring the gods of day and night, who sent her a torrent of tears that transformed into a lake where she threw herself, becoming a mermaid.

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The lake of the mythical story is Zirahuén, whose name means Mirror of the Gods, and a privileged natural landscape around which exciting outdoor activities take place.

Located in the lake area of the State of Michoacán, 15 kilometers ( 9 miles ) from Santa Clara del Cobre, 25 kilometers ( 16 miles ) from Pátzcuaro and 75 kilometers ( 47 miles ) from Morelia, Zirahuén is also a small cobblestone town dedicated to tourism. In its center stands the parroquia del Señor del Perdón (Lord of Forgiveness parish church), in front of a square with a kiosk and a quarry fountain. Although its most emblematic point is nine arches located on the shores of the lake that are the protagonists of the most typical photographs of Zirahuén.

However, most visitors go immediately to the main dock, where you can take a boat to enjoy the views from the water, which gives the look the thousands of shades of green.

The entire lake is surrounded by cabins and trojes (old wooden constructions), where it is possible to stay, camping areas and restaurants that serve specialties such as charales, white fish broth, stuffed trout, tarasca soup and pumpkin flower or huitlacoche quesadillas. There are also facilities for adventure sports, kayak rentals, horseback riding, trails for walking or riding mountain bikes, zip lines and ATVs.

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