Michoacán rarely takes the spotlight. Now it’s time for this off-the-beaten path in Mexico to boast. From the picture-perfect pink stone buildings in Morelia – the state’s capital – to the beautiful beaches of Playa Azul, there is something for everyone to enjoy. On top of its grand aesthetics, every year, almost 200 million monarch butterflies journey from the south of Canada to breed in the forests of Michoacán. The result: a blanket of fluttering colours that will make you smile.
Eight Beautiful Towns
In Michoacán, you will come across eight towns with distinct and charming personalities. Let your imagination soar in Patzcuaro – a colonial town with an endless number of ancient spots. Visit Tlalpujahua, and find ruins of El Carmen and an interesting museum in the former home of the Rayon Brothers. Cuitzeo is home of the Temple of Saint Mary Magdalene. Santa Clara del Cobre, also renowned as the town of copper, features a mix of neoclassical, eclectic, and baroque architecture. Angangueo is considered to be a miner town and has monarch butterfly sanctuaries. In Tacambaro, you will experience a dramatic climatic shift and have a chance to visit lakes, waterfalls, volcanoes, and the country. Jiquilpan is famous for its political figures, who have made long-lasting impacts on the Michoacán’s history. Finally, in Tzintzuntzan you may unravel the mysteries of historic yacatas and temples that date back to the 13th century.
Magic in Morelia
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Morelia is a must-see. Featuring over a hundred thousand historical monuments and natural sites, Morelia knows how to impress. Stroll around its storied centre, relax in its hot springs, or go horseback riding through the forest, you will leave in a trance. While in the downtown core, keep your eyes open for the aqueduct with its 253 baroque arches; the stunning Cathedral of the Divine Savior of Morelia which features neoclassical elements; and the Municipal Palace with its octagonal shape.
There is delight in trying new cuisines and Michoacán is the perfect place to be adventurous. According to UNESCO, Michoacán cuisine is part of the Intagible Heritage of Humanity. During your visit, make sure to sample your way through some delectable triangular tamales, churipo, morisqueta, atapakuas, sticky Zamoran chongos, and carnitas. Why not accompany the feast with traditional Michoacán drink, charanda for an authentic experience.
Monarch Butterfly Migration
From the end of October until mid-March, Michoacán welcomes over 200 million monarch butterflies. The Mexican Tourist Board says that according to legends, “the Monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico at this time of the year are believed to be the souls of the deceased returning to earth.” The sanctuary in El Rosario, which is situated 1,000 feet above sea level, is the most popular spot for visitation. Sierra Chincua is a better option for visitors who are unable to hike up the hillside of El Rosario, while the small town of Angangueo is a worthy alternative if you wish to take part in the Festival de la Mariposa Monarca in February.
Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a popular celebration in Mexico that is observed every November. The tradition entails a procession to the cemetery to decorate the graves using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the deceased’s favourite foods and objects.
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