Road Trip to Patzcuaro
12 January 2010 | Patzcuaro, Mexico
We took a road trip from Ixtapa to Patzcuaro, a colonial city in Mexico which was the first colonial capital of Michoacan. The altitude is 2100 m (7000 ft) so the temperatures were chilly, and freezing at night.
Patzcuaro is a picturesque 16th century colonial city. The town has retained its colonial architecture with adobe and wood buildings with tiled roofs and cobblestone streets. It is on the shore of a large lake, Lago Patzcuaro.
We took a ferry out to Janitzio, an island in Patzcuaro lake. The village on the island has no streets or motor vehicles, but lots of incredibly steep pedestrian paths which are basically stairs leading to the summit of the island. The island is populated by indigenous fishermen and craftsmen.
At the top there's a monument to a Mexican revolutionary war hero, Morelos. You can climb up inside the monument to dizzying heights, and exit at the end of the statue's upraised arm.