7 Cities and Towns in the State of Michoacan

By Liliana Elena Gonzalez


Morelia is the beautiful colonial capital city of the state of Michoacan. It’s located in the Mexican southwest part. The population is around one million.


Patzcuaro is one of Mexico’s most important domestic tourist destinations, a so-called “magic town” that lures thousands of visitors with its charming cobblestone streets, colonial architecture and a picturesque lake high in the green mountains of Michoacan. Population is around 60,000.


40 minutes far from Morelia. The beautiful lake of Zirahuén has contrasting water colours that go from intense blue through green jade. The population is around 2550.


The City of Hummingbirds (translated from Purepecha to English) was the capital and the most important ceremonial center of the Purepecha Empire, because this place was were all the tribute was received. The Day of the Death celebration is very important in this place. The population is around 12,260.


Ihuatzio means Place of Coyotes (translated from Purepecha to English). It is located 10 kilometers far from Patzcuaro. There is an archiological center with 2 pyramids to honor “Curicaveri” y “Xaratanga”. The population is around 3547.

Santa Clara del Cobre

Santa Clara del Cobre is famous for the production of several crafts made with copper. These objects are handmade with different techniques by the local artisans. The city itself is a tourist attraction, because of the beauty of its streets, buildings and squares, including the main square that has a marvelous kiosco made of copper. The population is around 13,100.


Paracho is a small town in the mountains of Michoacan, located about 80 miles west of Morelia (1.5 hour driving) and 40 miles from Patzcuaro or Uruapan (about 40 minutes driving). It has a population around 16,500 and it is also known as the Guitar capital of the World, because more than half of their population is devoted to produce handmade guitars and mandolins.

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