We loved Patzcuaro. The town is full of charm, artisans, outdoor markets, color, music and very friendly people (largely indigenous Purepechan). We took a number of day trips to the islands, villages and towns in and around Lake Patzcuaro. When Patzcuaro’s founder Bishop Vasco de Quiroga established his diocese in the region, he assigned each village a different artisan skill – copper smithing in Santa Clara, guitar making in Paracho, lacquerware in Quiroga, “Catrinas” (doll figures with skeleton faces) in Capula and other crafts in remaining villages.
Highlights included our Dia de los Muertos tour of ancient cemeteries and churches in the rural countryside to witness the rituals firsthand, a day trip to the artisan villages around Lake Patzcuaro (including a stop in Quiroga – the home of carnitas – for carnitas), acquiring a prized Catrina in Capula and a boat ride out to Janitzio Island where we climbed to the top to the statue of Morelos through narrow winding village streets bustling with vendors and activity.
While in Patzcuaro, we stayed at two very rustic/boutique…or rustique, if you will…hotels. Initially with Jen and Leslie at the Hostal Santa Fe (so small that they have no web site), and then alone on our return trip from Cuernavaca at the the Rincon Josifa. Both were very accommodating, cozy and close to the towns two main squares. The Rincon Josifa was especially beautiful as its interior spaces emulate an old Spanish Colonial courtyard.
I’ll leave you with a quick video I put together of our photos in Patzcuaro. Set to the music of the “Dueto Tsimani Iretecha,” who serenade diners in Patzcuaro’s cafes and plazas in the indigenous Purepechan dialect. Enjoy!
Your Gringo in Mexico,
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