Pátzcuaro ( ˈpatskwaɾo (help·info)) is a large town and municipality located in the state of Michoacán. The town was founded sometime in the 1320s, at first becoming the capital of the Tarascan state and later its ceremonial center. After the Spanish took over, Vasco de Quiroga worked to make Pátzcuaro the capital of the New Spain province of Michoacán, but after his death, the capital would be moved to nearby Valladolid (today Morelia). Pátzcuaro has retained its colonial and indigenous character since then, and has been named both a "Pueblo Mágico" and one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations. Pátzcuaro and the lake region it belongs to is well known as a site for Day of the Dead celebrations.
Restaurants in Patzcuaro
4.5 based on 412 reviews
The larger of the two major downtown plazas in Patzcuaro.
The square is a magnet for everybody in town. We were there over Christmas and it was packed with giant straw figures of regions in Michoacan. Lots of vendors, kids, music, and families promenading in the evening. Best spot in town to experience small town Mexican culture. We loved it and the people of Mexico!
4.5 based on 140 reviews
This church in Patzcuaro contains many interesting religious icons, including the Virgin of Health, who is alleged to have powerful healing abilities.
This is a church on a plateau two blocks from the main square. The church is relatively simple on the outside and more ornate on the inside and houses frequently religious activities. Interesting is also the ground outside the church, with many vendors of textile, shoes and ceramics. There are also many open kitchen selling outstanding michoacan street food.
4.5 based on 287 reviews
Town known for its copper craftsmanship.
We were here on Christmas Day, and it was wonderful! On their main Square nearly a hundred little kids were dressed in identical costumes doing traditional dances to a packed audience. The town specializes in Copper and we bought a bowl at near giveaway prices! The whole town is packed with Artisan producers and we enjoyed it tremendously. I would guess that Saturday and Sunday is the best time to visit.
4.5 based on 298 reviews
This former convent is now the best place in town to shop for arts and crafts from a slew of various vendors.
Located near the Plaza Grande, Once Patios is an open air maze of interesting shops built around courtyards and on multi levels. In many you will see artisans at work.
It's a delightful way to procure nice gifts/souvenirs and work up a margarita thirst in the process!
4 based on 505 reviews
This tiny island is inhabited solely by indigenous people, but is popular among tourists hoping for a glimpse of native culture.
Do it! Take the boat to the island and wander the small streets - you can't get lost - and the beauty everywhere from the lake vistas to the small shops offering hand made artifacts made on the island as well as beautiful local embroideries.
4.5 based on 33 reviews
Located just outside of town, this small volcano provides excellent views of Patzcuaro.
I love Patzcuaro but needed a 'country' fix and this did it. The other reviews are right just follow Ponce de Leon (runs next to the main Plaza) and it will cross the highway. Take any road that goes 'up' and it will the the right one. You can ask people on the way just to confirm. You will pass through lovely and interesting village areas then the cobblestone road is lined only with trees and pastures. I found it easier to take the dirt path running parallel to the road. It ranges from 5-15' away from the road but you are always in sight of it.
Obviously the earlier you go the cooler it is and you will see walkers, runners and cyclists. I (solo woman) went alone and it was comforting to see the odd sports fiend up there with me.
It was a really lovely trek. I even took the stairs. You will see them behind the pavilion. You will huff and puff but it is so worth it at the top!
Even better views and a wonderful sense of accomplishment1
5 based on 17 reviews
This is where I began to truly love Mezcal. They have an excellent location near the big Cathedral and they have a lot of rare and interesting Mezcals to try. Arturo and Omar were excellent hosts and spoke good English. Adalberto Who is the owner, is a very interesting man with lots of great stories. He speaks great English and has traveled all over the world. It's worth it to go to this place just for hanging out with him and hearing his stories! If you haven't had really good Mezcal yet or you just want a fun evening with some nice interesting people, I highly recommend this place.
5 based on 22 reviews
Conveniently, the bus from Morelia stopped not ten yards from the Biblioteca de Gertrudis Bocanegra, which was sparse on books but offered numerous angles from which to view the famous mural by Juan O’Gorman. Painted in 1941, it pictures the history of the Purépecha people from pre-Hispanic days through the cruel oppression by gold-greedy conquistadores through the humanistic reforms instituted by Vasco de Quiroga and down to (what was then) the present day. Gertrudis Bocanegra, martyred heroine of the 1820 war of independence, appears in the bottom center, her white dress smeared with blood from her execution by firing squad. Small images of O’Gorman and his wife appear to the lower left. This was the second time I’d seen this mural, and I was struck once gain by how much I liked it, both because of the content and color and because I’m fond of what I think of as “post office art.”
4.5 based on 22 reviews
Imagine yourself walking along walls and floors where people already used to pray, celebrate mess, weddings, baptisms in the 16th or 17th century. Do I need to say more?
This old are the origins of this building which used to be the first Cathedral in Patzcuaro.
5 based on 12 reviews
I was absolutely impressed by que high quality of this museum. It gives a historic summary of the Ruta Don Vasco. You experience art, language, food, traditions and when you leave you know exactly what Michoacan is all about and were to visit.
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