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Morelia's Capital City Cathedral View, Michoacán State, Mexico
Morelia's Capital City Cathedral View, Michoacán State, Mexico

Travel Insights for the State of Michoacán

Magno Travel Insights for the State of Michoacán

Traveling in Mexico and in the State of Michoacán with the Insights of Franco Magno

The lovely state of Michoacán. Hi! Magno readers. The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs, you’ll go a little beyond on your trips in Mexico. Please take advantage of these recommendations that I consider useful for any kind of visitor.

So, some recommendations for the state of Michoacán are:


* The soul of Mexico is Michoacán. A journey of such magnitude through history, nature, and tradition that Michoacán is a truly different experience concerning other Mexico’s states.

Michoacán is a theme. It’s a motif, an odyssey that you must discover little by little. It’s a language that you can understand by visiting its land by fascinating your senses with its delights. This is Michoacán, the soul of Mexico.

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* Depending on your likings in terms of tourism experiences, I definitely recommend starting with a good point. Begin with the “Ciudad de la Cantera Rosa (Pink quarry city), the Morelia capital city. Morelia is a World Heritage city, full of colonial treasures and exquisite moments.

Morelia's Capital City Cathedral View, Michoacán State, Mexico
Morelia’s Capital City Cathedral View, Michoacán State, Mexico

The former town of “Valladolid” offers unique moments to all of its visitors.

With over three hundred historical buildings such as palaces, religious temples, theaters, among others, and fifteen public squares, it’s a place you cannot miss it out at all.

An abundance of pink color, captured in several quarry-built historical buildings.

A Mexican baroque style whose architecture, volume, and ornamental elements form a symphony at visitor’s sight.

* I recommend starting by delighting your sight sense in the Morelia’s little streets. Marvel your soul completely through the Morelia’s Historic Center.

Its pink quarry cathedral catches anyone’s eye.  I recommend not letting pass the chance to register the baptismal pile in your camera, and the so-called “Manifestador” or the baroque canopy, made up of silver at the “Catedral de Morelia.”

Its towers stand out over sixty meters high (196.85 feet). The collection of “Nueva España’s” colonial age paintings you can admire inside and its monumental organ with 4,600 flutes, will leave wordless.

You can also find in the surroundings of the “Plaza de Armas” and the “Melchor Ocampo” square. These squares offer relaxing opportunities to stare at the people’s passage or just take a break enjoying the provincial “Morelia’s” city atmosphere.

* I advise you not to miss the opportunity to be present on a Saturday night around the cathedral.

What’s going on there? The sound and light show. The projected images on the pink quarry fortress, the fireworks, and the festive ambiance sound make an excellent dish difficult to resist.

Michoacán is great, isn’t it? Let me suggest you rent a car to drive in Michoacán.

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* More living postcards? Go ahead. Please don’t miss the chance to be in front of the “Morelia’s” majestic aqueduct. It comprises two hundred and fifty-three half-point arches and a thousand and seven hundred meters (1859.14 yards) length. They are eight meters (26.24 feet) tall approximately.

Amazing pink quarry aqueduct. Classic Roman inspiration for Morelia. Since the 17th century, it has been Morelia’s reference point what is now the “Francisco I. Madero” street.

I recommend visiting it, especially at night. It’s a fascinating visual spectacle where live paintings full of Michoacán’s history will remain in visitors’ cameras.

* More visual delight? Sure. The “Museo Regional de Michoacán and its majestic “Nueva España” age paintings.

The “Real Hospital de San Juan de Dios,” and its monumental architecture will make you say Wow!

The Legislative Palace, where slavery was abolished in Mexico in the 18th century, and the “Palacio de Gobierno” with its pink quarry baroque style, raise their hands to see you visiting them.

I definitely advise you not to miss the fantastic and impressive “Calzada de Fray Antonio de San Miguel.” Then you can continue with the “Fuente de las Tarascas” water fountain.

This Morelia’s destination is complemented by the “Callejón del Romance” decorated with huge and shade refreshing trees, quarry floor and benches where you can take a rest and breathe Morelia’s delightful provincial air.

You can also accompany this journey by visiting the lavish ancient “Templo de San Diego” or now known as the “Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.” The so-called “Santuario Encantado” is a majestic building, exquisitely decorated inside. There are no words to explain it. You just have to stare at.

There’s more. The former convent of “Santa Catalina de Siena,” now the “El Conservatorio de las Rosas,” and its splendid symphony of colonial architecture and wooded gardens is another excellent destination here.

Crater View in The Paricutín Volcano, Michoacán State, Mexico
Crater View in The Paricutín Volcano, Michoacán State, Mexico

* Well, that’s all good. But, What about the Michoacán’s and Morelia’s gastronomic delights? You just taste them!

Over three hundred restaurants with Mexican and Michoacán’s typical and delicious cuisine.

You’ll find the “Corundas,” small “Tamales” made of fresh cheese, tomato sauce, and milk cream over there.

Other gems to drool for are the “Gaspachos,” a fruit cocktail seasoned with fresh cheese, and the “Uchepos,” sweet Tamales made from corn.

Don’t forget to taste the “Nieves de Pasta” made from three different cow’s milk varieties topped with fruit, among some other toppings. The Morelia’s king dessert, the “Ate” (Semi-hard fruit paste), is another edible wonder of these western Mexican lands.

This dessert is a kind of solid paste made from diverse fruit varieties such as the “Membrillo” (Quince), the Mexican “Tejocote,” fig and guava, among many others. There’s even one that contains chili and sugar. I don’t want to forget mentioning the typical “Jamoncillos,” made by fruit and white sugar.

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* However, not all of Michoacán is Morelia. It’s also six magic vortices. It’s six typical and traditional Mexican villages too, where Michoacán looks like a heavenly picture.

I suggest starting with “Angangueo,” another visual melody of colors, traditions, and natural wonders. From November to March each year, the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries in “Sierra Chincua” and “El Rosario” are divine life and color paradises.

Angangueo is a village of mining origin.

Its more than spectacular views of the village itself, and its escorting mountains make Angangueo unmissable.

Its rich historic architectural expressions such as the temple of the “Inmaculada Concepción,” the “Parroquia Iglesia de San Simón Celador,” and the “Capilla de la Misericordia,” along with the “Hacienda de Jesus de Nazareno,” are real photographies’ settings.

You can get fantastic memories from the village’s lavish views by visiting the “Monumento al Minero” viewpoint. Another great sight point there is the “Cruz de Hierro.” Its Historic Center with the “Plaza de Armas” and its portals complement any photographic postcard.

* Pátzcuaro. Another Mexico’s and Michoacán’s open-air museum with small cobblestone streets and portals. Magical village.

Quaint and fantastic living artwork. Stately colonial constructions like the “Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud,” the “Vasco de Quiroga” square, and “Gertrudis Bocanegra” square are traveler’s must-visit points.

Additionally, the old “Templo y Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús,” the former “Colegio de San Nicolás,” the “Casa de Los Once Patios,” and the typical wooden handicrafts market are Pátzuaro’s micro paradises too.

A sunrise or a sunset from the “Cerro del Estribo” viewpoint is an experience apart. The lake of Pátzcuaro and the idyllic island of “Janitzio,” will be the ones that will paint a living postcard before your eyes.

The so-called “Muelle General” is another attraction. From this place, several boats that depart to visit not only the island of “Janitzio,” but also the other islands like “Yunuén,” “Pacanda,” “Tecuena,” and “Tecuanita.”

Finally, the archaeological site of “Tzintzuntzan” will show you some secrets of the “Purépecha” culture ancient capital.

* Magno insider travel Intelligence number one.

On Sunday mornings, the “Lago Pátzcuaro” fishermen go out to do their fishing. It’s an activity that represents a beautiful spectacle for the visitor since the famous “Butterfly Nets” (Redes Mariposas) enter and leave the water in a visual melody worthy of contemplation.

Number two. You may already know this one, but visiting Pátzcuaro in November dead’s eve celebration, is another world’s experience. Literally.

A majestic meeting of tradition, customs, offerings, prayers, light, and colors. An amazing gathering of flavors, textures, solemnity, Mexican way of life, and fascinating “Purépecha” culture expressions.

The Mexican festivity to the dead’s celebration, an intangible humanity’s heritage, expresses in merely beautiful and divine ways here.

* Another Magno insider travel tip. If you plan to take pictures of the lit up, decorated tombs, dead’s offerings, and the people guarding them, ask for permission first to take pictures.

Despite most of the inhabitants are accustomed to visitors on these dates, it never hurts for you to show some manners and respect for all those who live and work in Pátzcuaro every day.

Zirahuén Lake View, Michoacán State, Mexico
Zirahuén Lake View, Michoacán State, Mexico

* Tlalpujahua. Another magical village of portals, squares, and small cobblestone streets.

Another expression of Michoacán’s picturesque sweetness. Tlalpujahua is the “País de la Mariposa Monarca,” and the “Mexicanísimas” Christmas glass balls (Esferas de Navidad) that decorate Christmas trees all over the world.

From mining origin like “Angangueo,” here you’ll see more colonial treasures like the convent of “San Francisco Tlalpujahua” and the majestic “Parroquia de San Pedro y San Pablo.”

Some other are represented by the “Casa Museo de los Hermanos López Rayón,” the “Iglesia Hundida,” and the “Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Carmen” tower, which was the site of a flooding, a Tlalpujahua’s history painful event.

In the guided tours through the “Dos Estrellas” mine, lie the legends and real magic of Tlalpujahua.

* Magno travel recommendation. Not all tourist attractions are open every week’s day. This way, Saturdays and Sundays become the option to tour those ones that are only open to visitors on weekends.

* Another Magno travel tip. The “Feria de la Esfera de Navidad” (Christmas glass ball fair). From September’s end to December of every year, the blown glass and decoration technique artisans show off their imagination and creativity in amazing and sight-catching masterpieces, giving Tlalpujahua more magic than it usually enjoys.

A feast of colors, textures, and Mexican artisan tradition that captivates the eye and the soul.

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