Pátazcuaro, Michoacán

A Pueblo Mágico of Mexico
Plaza Vasco de Quiróga

Discovering the culture and history of Pátzcuaro and the region can be a daunting task simply because there is so much of it.  Trying to see it all and understand enough to appreciate it can be overwhelming.  So if you are interested in seeing and learning more about the region, including visiting pre-hispanic local ruins, visiting the local towns dedicated to distinct and unique handmade crafts, and even taking a short trip to one of the monarch butterfly sanctuaries, then you'll want a reliable and experienced guide.

Some of the local towns you may wish to visit are the following (links will open in a new window):

  • Isla de Janitzio - Island in the middle of Lake Pátzcuaro famous for its Day of the Dead celebrations and its towering monument of José María Morelos y Pavón.
  • Santa Clara del Cobre - known for its amazing handcrafted copperware.
  • Paracho - famous for its internationally acclaimed quality handmade guitars.
  • Cuanajo - famous for its incredible handcrafted wooden furniture.
  • Santa Fé de la Laguna - known for its ceramics , especially beautiful black-glazed products.
  • Quiroga - known for its quality handcrafted leather products and its delicious carnitas.
  • Tócuaro - known for its fantastic handcrafted wooden masks.
  • Tingambato - known for its impressive archaeological zone with prehispanic structures.
  • Capula - internationally famous for its amazing handcrafted catrinas.
  • Tzintzuntzán - famous for its unique prehispanic ruins called yácatas, its Day of the Dead celebrations, it's pottery, and its handsculpted stoneware.
  • Angangueo - In the heart of the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca, pretty much the starting point for any excursion to see the monarch butterflies in their winter habitat.

I've endeavored to list here some of the most highly recommended and popular guides.

Please advise me of any errors or updates.  Also, if I've omitted a service you believe should be listed please let me know.  Likewise, if you feel any tour service here should not be recommended, I would like to know about it.

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Recommended Guides for Tours from Pátzcuaro

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Guías y Tours Pátzcuaro

Local and regional tours with Prof. Jorge Guzmán Orozco. Air-conditioned van. Bilingual - Spanish, English. Based in Pátzcuaro.
Calle Martín Luis Guzmán #13, Col. Jamuquen
Tel. (434) 342 2579
jorge_guzman_orozco @ hotmail.com


Pátzcuaro Magic Tours

Jaime Hernández Balderas offers local and regional tours, including to the Sanctuaries of the Monarch Butterflies. Air-conditioned van. Bilingual - Spanish, English. Based in Pátzcuaro.
Tel. (434) 342 7865, Cel. 434 107 7150
patzcuaromagictoursinfo @ gmail.com