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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness."
"He upon whose heart the dust
of Mexico has lain,
will find no peace
in any other land."
- Malcom Lowry, Under the Volcano
Patzcuaro is a colonial town and municipality located in highlands of central Michoacan. 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 Patzcuaro the capital of the New Spain province of Michoacan, but after his death, the capital would be moved to nearby Valladolid (today Morelia). Patzcuaro has retained its colonial and indigenous character since then, and has been named both a "Pueblo Magico" and one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations.
Patzcuaro and the Lake region have an 7,200 feet elevation, with rainy, green summers, blooming flowers in Fall and crisp, dry, mountain air all winter.
Noche de Muertos around Lake Patzcuaro
Postcard of Patzcuaro from about 1890's