Some scenery on the way to Patzcuaro from Zihuatanejo
Notice it is getting drier. We went from sea level in jungle to 7000 ft surrounded by orchards and pine trees. It was beautiful
We stayed at the Villa Patzcuaro Hotel & RV park
Below is a link to a very good description of Patzcuaro and its history
This map gives you an idea of where Patzcuaro is located and many people travel around the exterior of the lake to see the many communities that specialize in copper, pottery, weaving and many other crafts.
Below is a map of Patzcuaro itself showing the many points of interest
Basilica De La Salud
John and I spent a few mornings walking through the many churches, the market and the town squares. Lots to see and do
You will notice that the buildings exteriors are all preserved, but modern stores, hotels and services exist within the buildings. An example is the veterinary service n this building below.
Doctor, specialist anyone??
Beautiful wall paintings inside this restaurant
The main square is extremely busy on Fridays and the weekend with many wares for sale
Lots of stalls under these tarps. You don't want to be claustrophobic or hate crowds
John and I decided to eat out at one of the wonderful restaurants that line the market square. We both ordered Huevos Mexicana. The meal came with coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, buns and of course the eggs with frijoles for 30 pesos each
We stopped at a bakery on the way home. the best baked goods were the cookies shaped liked pigs, very soft and tasted like gingerbread
After a hard day it must be time to rest and then go out for dinner. We got a lift out to this wonderful restaurant on the hill above the city.
Rancho La Mesa
We ran into friends from home: Wayne & Donna
We made new friends
There were a lot of us and it was lots of fun. Each couple paid 100 pesos to the Mariachi band and they played our choice of 10 songs. It was a blast! John and I drank a few margaritas or more.
The restaurant decor
Sitting at our table we had a wonderful view of the valley
The food was excellent. John ordered Ostrich in red wine sauce and I ordered an Ostrich burger. I can't say it tasted like chicken, the meat texture was more like hamburger and it had a mild flavor. John and I spent about 300 pesos for the meal and drinks. There were at least 4 drinks!!!
A visit to Patzcuaro is not complete without visiting "Isla de Janitzio"
We found the dock where the boats leave from and more Mexican souvenirs are sold. The cost for the boat to the island and back was 40 pesos each
Mariachi band that plays all the way to the island and back.( they work for tips)
The shops and the restaurants on the island
They are famous for their fried whitefish. they are eaten like we eat french fries
The local church
Did I mention you have to climb many many..... steep stairs to get to the top of the island!!!!! and the statue!!!
The construction of the statue took three years and everything was brought to the island by boat.
The inside of the statue. There was a small fee to see the inside. This is looking up from the ground floor. There is a circular stairwell to climb to get to the top and you get to see the wonderful paintings depicting Mexican history along the way
Looking from the top down. You are up there!!!! Hope you don't have vertigo!
We made it to the top!!!
I am actually gripping very tight to that metal pipe!!
I couldn't lean off and look down for very long. Call me chicken.
What a view!!
It took a lot less time to walk down the staircases, but our legs were wobbly from exertion. We needed calories!!
Time to eat.
Well we spent 4 days in Patzcuaro and it is time to move on to our next destination. We heard we should stop and see the pyramids on the way to Lake Chapala. We did just that.
Design by Angela 2008