Attractions

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 Basilica in Pátzcuaro

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud

Built on a hill atop a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site, this cathedral-cum-pilgrimage site was intended to be the centerpiece of Vasco de Quiroga’s utopia. Begun in 1540, the church was not completed until the 19th cen…
Top Choice Ruins in Tzintzuntzan

Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Site

This site comprises an impressive group of five semicircular reconstructed temples known as yácatas, which are all that remain of the mighty Tarascan empire. The hillside location offers wonderful views of the town,…
Top Choice Plaza in Pátzcuaro

Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

Pátzcuaro’s leafy main square – more commonly known as 'Plaza Grande' – is Mexico’s largest plaza after the Zócalo in Mexico City and the only one in the country without a church. It is framed by the 17th-century fa…
Museum in Tzintzuntzan

Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano de Santa Ana

House in the former Franciscan Monastery of St Anne, this fascinating museum showcases Purépecha culture and history and documents the arrival of the Spanish and the people's conversion to Christianity via excellent…
Market in Pátzcuaro

Casa de los Once Patios

This cool, rambling colonial edifice was built as a Dominican convent in the 1740s. (Before that, it was the site of the Hospital de Santa Martha, founded by Vasco de Quiroga and one of Mexico’s first.) Today it hou…
Museum in Pátzcuaro

Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares

Highlights among the dozen salas of this impressive folk-art museum include a room set up as a typical Michoacán kitchen, cases of gorgeous jewelry, copperware, ceramics and guitars from Paracho, and an entire room …
Library in Pátzcuaro

Biblioteca Gertrudis Bocanegra

On the northern side of Plaza Chica and occupying the cavernous 16th-century Templo de San Agustín this stunning public library has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, oyster-shell skylights and a massive, very colorful mural…
Plaza in Pátzcuaro

Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra

Pátzcuaro’s second plaza, usually referred to as Plaza Chica, is officially named after a local heroine who was shot by firing squad in 1818 for her support of the independence movement. Her statue commands the cent…
Workshop in Tzintzuntzan

Cerámica Tzintzuntzan

A converted missionary hospital now houses the rustic ceramics studio of Manuel Morales, a fifth-generation local potter. His colorful, intricate work is sold in galleries throughout Mexico and the USA. Inside you’l…