In the first part of this travel blog there was Morelia, Patzcuaro and Janitzio, but there are still 2 more cities and 2 more islands to cover:
City #3: Tzintzuntzan
Just 20 minutes far from Patzcuaro is this small city, which is surrounded by the regional lake.
This is a very charming town where the most famous attraction is the archaeological zone where there are "Yacatas", a Yacata is a pyramidal construction where the local tribe called Purepechas used to live, having been found vestiges of temples and houses.
I remember coming here with my family and playing with my brother and sister jumping between rocks but that is not allowed any more (boo) you can instead appreciate the nice view of the entire town and the lake, breathtaking!
City # 4 Santa Clara del Cobre
After all these years I finally went to Santa Clara del Cobre, which is an even smaller town of copper artisans.
If you go there you'll be able to visit copper workshops, the regional museum and if you got lucky as we got you'd probably get to meet Abdon Punzo who is a local hero, an extremely creative artisan which work has been exposed and recognized locally and internationally but who keeps being a nice humble guy and welcomed us in his house.
So please forgive the blurry picture, we were in a fandom moment.
Island # 2 La Pacanda
I have to be really honest here, these pictures are a representation of all that we saw of Pacanda, it's such a small island with only a few families living there that we felt it would be intrusive from us to get there in our boat to explore, by the other hand, if you are looking for a calm, quiet place this is a great choice (I know you are taking notes Leo DiCaprio)
Island #3 Yunuen
I've been told to visit this island for some time now and all of the sudden I just become one of these obnoxious people myself: you must visit it!
This is a pretty little island that has a restaurant and a small hotel at the peak where you can just smell the purest air and just feel an immense sense of relaxation.
It's interesting because the moment you put your foot here you get this relaxing vibe, then you realize that besides of the weather and the pure air, the locals are the next best thing: kids will go and get flowers to welcome the people arriving (that's why I'm holding flowers in some of the pictures)
A boat was arriving at the same time as we did and it was surreal to see how this family that went to Patzcuaro's shopping center to buy the groceries for the week took a "ride" in a boat to get back to the island then needed to walk up the island to reach their home, I was watching them while thinking that sometimes I get hungry and just stay like that just because I'm too lazy to get to the kitchen...yeap, a good reality check.
And that was the end of our little tour, just thinking about it puts a big smile in my face, going to these places that I used to visit when I was little but now having this handsome travel partner, not a bad plan at all, right?