Pátzcuaro, a colonial and magical town [Mexico]

There are many factors that make a Mexican town a magical place – beyond the “official” reasons: its kind and open people, the cobbled streets that end in a bar with a funny name or the aromas that swarm and fill your stomach with promises of uchepos, tamales, tarascas and churipos. The music that escapes through the windows of shops and houses puts the soundtrack to your steps and even the crafts that from their shelves remind you that it is a people of ancestral traditions. Here’s what to do in Pátzcuaro, a charming town in the heart of Michoacán.

Cook at the door of a business in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México.

It was here, in Pátzcuaro, that the Purepecha empire founded one of the most important urban and religious centres of the time around the year 1,300, although, after colonisation, what is now the historic centre was filled with churches, true witnesses of the viceroyalty period. Even with this typical syncretism in America, Pátzcuaro preserves its cultural heritage and customs. Moreover, 10% of the population speaks Purepecha, the original language of the region.

If Pátzcuaro has a patrimonial and cultural “body”, his soul is purely lacustrine. About 3 kilometers from the historic center is the small dock and the lake that bears the name of the village. There are 7 islands in the lake inhabited by indigenous communities that preserve their ancestral identity. Among them is the island of Janitzio, known for being where the tradition of the Day of the Dead was born, which would later spread throughout the region and from there to the rest of the country. If you want to know more about it, located in the historic center of Pátzcuaro, with spacious and comfortable rooms, and the price is around 30€ a night.

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