Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra (Plaza Chica)

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Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra (Plaza Chica) information

Lonely Planet review

Pátzcuaro’s second plaza is named after a local heroine who was shot by firing squad in 1818 for her support of the independence movement. Her statue commands the center of the plaza and she looks like your basic badass.

The local market on the west side of the plaza is where you can find everything from fruit, vegetables and fresh trout to herbal medicines, crafts and clothing – including the region’s distinctive striped shawls and sarapes. There’s outstanding cheap food, too. A tumbledown Mercado de Artesanías operates on the side street adjacent to the library. Wooden masks and pastel crucifixes are among the crafts sold here. The quality varies but prices are low.