Mexatua Tour Day 1: Discovering Patzcuaro

We had a wonderful, tasty lunch of chicken and accompaniments served in the spacious, very inviting restaurant, which looks out on the views and countryside.

We had a wonderful, tasty lunch of chicken and accompaniments served in the spacious, very inviting restaurant, which looks out on the views and countryside.

By Lucille Arneson

Mexatua Real Estate sponsored a four-day tour of properties for sale in the environs of Patzcuaro led by the owner-broker, Liliana Gonzalez.

Day 1

Hostal Xandesti

Our first stop on the list was at the Hostal where we stayed while on the tour, Hostal Xandesti. It is a Purepechan name which means “Peaceful Place in front of the Lake”. And peaceful it is, nestled into the side of a hill on the road to a main tourist point in Patzcuaro: El Estribo.

Once at the hotel, we continued to take in the views of the lake and famous Janitzio Island, the other smaller islands, and surrounding mountains. This is truly magic land! We were mesmerized watching the fog and low hanging clouds rising and falling in the mornings and late afternoons.

Hostal Xandesti is now available for purchase. It is operating officially as a Bed and Breakfast and has complied with all the civic, state and federal legal requirements and licenses.

It is situated on 32,280 sq. feet of lot space and offers approx. 12,912 sq. feet of living space. There are four suites with kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms and baths; and 4 bedrooms, all with private baths; and a 2 level apartment. There are spacious terrazas and spectacular views of Lake Patzcuaro, the islands, and the mountains from every corner. In addition, there are four trojes, which is a Purepechan name for a wooden dwelling. There is a bar and restaurant and a meeting place for small conferences. Parking for 25 cars is included.

Rancho La Mesa

Our second stop on the tour was at Rancho La Mesa, a hotel, restaurant, and salons or meeting halls complex, situated in a beautiful country setting about six kilometers from the main square in Pátzcuaro. It has a view of the lake and its islands and is surrounded by many trees, pine, willow, and oyamel, which is considered a sacred fir. Oyamel is the preferred tree of the Monarch Butterflies to reside in colonies during its hibernation in Mexico.

There are six villas and cabins altogether, which house from two to seven guests. These are built of wood, quarry stone, adobe, and tejamanil with ceramic tile floors. They are richly furnished with regional furniture and decorated with art and craft pieces made by the local artisans.

Rancho La Mesa has a large dining room, two salons and an open covered garden, where meetings, symposiums, and special events are held. You will find weddings, baptisms, birthday parties, and other reunions celebrated here in this beautiful setting, which can serve up to 800 people.

We had a wonderful, tasty lunch of chicken and accompaniments served in the spacious, very inviting restaurant, which looks out on the views and countryside. A most pleasant place to dine, we all agreed.

Mexatua office in Patzcuaro

Our third stop on the tour was the Mexatua office in Patzcuaro, where we were shone a video about the beautiful areas where Mexatua has property listings for sale. After the video, we were offered coffee and cupcakes made by Magdalena a member of the Mexatua team of real estate agents and a tour of the house and office.

This is a great house located on Priv. Lazaro Cardenas, which Liliana designed, had built, and is now for sale. Anyone looking for a house in Patzcuaro will be very pleased with the convenient layout of this very well designed, attractive home with three spacious bedrooms, baths, Jacuzzi, and large walk-in closets. There is a large, well designed kitchen, dining room, living room with fire place, a spacious patio and water fountain viewable from every room on the first floor, parking for two cars, and a cistern

Estribo Grande View Point

Point four on our way to the hostal for dinner, our driver took us to the end of the drive past the hostal, where we were able to step out and walk around El Estribo, while taking in the magnificent views. Everyone with cameras in our group was quite busy, as well as other visitors to the site.

Dinner at Xandesti

Our last activity of day one, was dinner with wine at our hostal. As the clock struck 8:00 p.m., we were all invited to take a seat at the dinner table, where we were again served another scrumptious meal. Day one ended with a promise of three more days of exciting trips and wonderful food and drink! By then we felt in need of restoring our energy and we all retired for a good nights sleep.

(This article was first published in October 2008 in my old website).

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