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Top Choice Volcano in Angahuan

Volcán Paricutín

The upstart Volcán Paricutín (2800m) might be less than 80 years old, but clambering up the volcanic scree slopes to its summit and looking out across blackened, village-engulfing lava fields will be a highlight of …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Inland Michoacán

Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca

In the eastern-most corner of Michoacán, straddling the border of México state, lies the incredible 563-sq-km Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage site since 2008. Every autumn, from late Oct…
Top Choice Cathedral in Morelia

Morelia Cathedral

Morelia’s cathedral, considered by many to be the country's most beautiful, dominates the city center, where it flanks rather than faces the central plaza. It took almost a century to build (1660−1744), which explai…
Top Choice Monastery in Tzintzuntzan

Antiguo Convento Franciscano de Santa Ana

South of the lake and just west of Hwy 120 lies this enormous religious compound built partly with stones from the Tarascan yácatas (temples) taken from the site up the hill. This is where Franciscan monks began the…
Top Choice Fusion in Morelia

Chango

A lovely destination restaurant south of Plaza Villalongín, Chango offers cocina contemporánea de autor (contemporary signature cuisine) with maestro chef Daniel Aguilar Bernal at the helm. Seating is spread around …
Top Choice Mexican in Pátzcuaro

La Surtidora

This downright heavenly place to flop down for refueling is living proof that no other country does atmospheric colonial cafes quite as well as Mexico. La Surtidora's cafe-cum-deli has been knocking out breakfasts (…
Top Choice Mexican in Morelia

Tata

It could very well be the 190 different mezcals from Michoacán, Jalisco and Oaxaca that keeps pulling us back to Tata, but we're more inclined to think it’s the cocina de autor (signature cuisine) of chef Fermín Amb…
Top Choice Historic Building in Morelia

Biblioteca Pública de la Universidad Michoacana

Installed inside the magnificent 17th-century Ex Templo de la Compañía de Jesús, the shelves of the city's breathtaking university library rise up toward the domed and painted ceilings and are crammed from head to t…
Top Choice Mexican in Uruapan

Cox-Hanal

The chairs are plastic, there’s not much to look at decor-wise and service can be a bit slow, but so what? This place is about mix-and-match antojitos yucatecos (small dishes from the Yucatán; M$12 to M$18) and they…
Top Choice Mexican in Pátzcuaro

Santo Huacal

This tiny garden restaurant run by a young couple from Oaxaca is a wonderful find. From the weekly-changing blackboard menu, choose such delectables as root vegetable salad in a honey-mustard dressing, stuffed dates…