Monday, September 21, 2015

Michoacan: 4 Cities & 3 Islands in 5 days (1st Part)

Caminos de Michoacán y
pueblos que voy pasando
si saben en donde está
porque me lo estan negando
díganle que ando en Sahuayo
y voy pa´ Ciudad Hidalgo."

Back to the roots

I've always been very proud to say out loud that I was born in Michoacan,  to me this is the most colorful state of the country with the kindest people and the yummiest food, so when we realized that we could take some days out of the office it was very easy to decide where to go and as we were able to do plenty of stuff this will be the first of two posts related to this amazing trip.

City #1- Morelia

Relationship Goals: endless kissing like these 2
We started our journey in Morelia which is the state's capital city (and the place where I was born!), it's located between Mexico City and Guadalajara, you'll travel less than 300 kilometers to go from Morelia to any of these two cities that are the largest in the country.
We spent a good amount of time visiting family and friends so we really did not have a lot of time to go around, but just being there, admiring the beautiful monuments and buildings (that make this city an UNESCO World Heritage Site) and inhaling the fresh air can change anyone's mood. We made sure to at least stop by the zoo where we met some new friends and confirmed that the alpacas really love to spit!
Ozziel, the not too friendly alpaca

We just couldn't stop looking at each other

City #2- Patzcuaro

Corn Ice cream!
We moved to Patzcuro that is only 60 kms far from Morelia, Patzcuaro used to be the capital city for Michoacan until 1580, this is a very small city where all houses and buildings look-alike, the walls are painted in Red and White blocks and not matter if the building belongs to a bank or to a 7/11, they all have to keep the Red/White design.
I have been in love with this city since I was a small kid, asking my parents to take us there to eat some enchiladas and to buy us some of their famous ice cream cups, so I got very nostalgic now that I was there with my bf sharing the best corn ice cream in the world. 
We visited a lot of places: the Main square, the Gertrudis Bocanegra Square, some churches, craft factories, galleries and we got in trolley tour that took us around the city with a local guide that explained all the history and legends for the 22 points of interest visited that I admired with the same emotion as when I was there a long time ago.

The Dance of the Old Men

I left my heart in Patzcuaro

Here we go!

The house of Eleven Patios

Island #1 Janitzio

Janitzio is located in the Lake Patzcuaro (A lake that belongs to city number 2), you can get there by taking a boat in any of the 3 docks located in one of the entrances to Patzcuaro, it will only take you 20 minutes to be at Janitzio's dock.
The most popular attraction is a (40 meters) statue of Jose Maria Morelos, who was an Independence hero, that has become a museum and that can be climbed to get a nice view of the entire island, the lake and the small cities surrounded by the lake, it's also a good way to exercise because there are hundreds of steps in the stair that takes you from the dock until the top of the island, you'll probably be teased by the locals that will keep telling you how far you are from the last step but once you get to the top you'll feel that the view worth the effort.

So this is the end of post number 1, enjoy the pictures that I'll be drinking a delicious hot chocolate (from the one that we bought there) and thinking of our afternoons seated at the main square listening to the music and watching the local dancers.
Isn't it nice to get back to the places you love?


  1. Pos yo no nací aquí, pero terminé enamorada del hermoso michoacan así que mi corazón (la mitad) es michoacano, si ñor! 😃

  2. Pos yo no nací aquí, pero terminé enamorada del hermoso michoacan así que mi corazón (la mitad) es michoacano, si ñor! 😃

  3. jajajajajajaj ya eres mas Michoacana que las corundas!

  4. Yo las conoci hace ya 15 años en esa hermosa ciudad, saludos niñas

  5. Yo las conoci hace ya 15 años en esa hermosa ciudad, saludos niñas

    1. Hola =)
      Wow, 15 años, seguro ibamos en el kinder, no puedo creer que haya pasado tanto tiempo.
      Que gusto saludarte Toñito, sigamos en contacto!