Top Choice Church in Pátzcuaro

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud

Built on the hill atop a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site, this church-cum-pilgrimage site was intended to be the centerpiece of Vasco de Quiroga’s utopia. The building wasn’t completed until the 19th century and only t…
Top Choice Plaza in Pátzcuaro

Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

Pátzcuaro’s leafy main plaza is one of Mexico’s best hangout spots. It is framed by the 17th-century facades of old mansions that have since been converted to hotels, shops and restaurants, and watched over by a ser…
Library in Pátzcuaro

Biblioteca Gertrudis Bocanegra

On the north side of Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra is the town library. Occupying the cavernous interior of the 16th-century San Agustín church, this is the kind of library other libraries dream of imitating. There are …
Museum in Pátzcuaro

Museo de Artes Populares

Highlights of this impressive folk-art museum include a room set up as a typical Michoacán kitchen, cases of gorgeous jewelry, and an entire room filled with retablos – crudely rendered devotional paintings offering…
Plaza in Pátzcuaro

Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra

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.
Market in Pátzcuaro

Casa de los Once Patios

This cool, rambling colonial edifice was built as a Dominican convent in the 1740s. (Before that, the site held one of Mexico’s first hospitals, founded by Vasco de Quiroga.) Today it houses small artesanías (handic…
Viewpoint in Pátzcuaro

El Estribo

This hilltop lookout, 3.5km west of the city center, is a quintessential morning run for Pátzcuaro's more robust residents; but don't underestimate the altitude (2175m above sea level) or the terrain – a steep, cobb…
Church in Pátzcuaro

Templo de la Compañía

Built in the 16th century, the Templo de la Compañía became a Jesuit training college in the 17th century. The church is still in use and houses some Vasco de Quiroga relics. The adjacent college building fell into …
Church in Pátzcuaro

Templo del Sagrario

The creaky Templo del Sagrario is one of Pátzcuaro's oldest churches built on the site of a former hospital in the 1690s. Until the early 1900s, it housed the revered statue of Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady o…
Market in Pátzcuaro


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…