Attractions

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 Museum in Guadalajara

Instituto Cultural de Cabañas

Standing proudly at the eastern end of dramatic Plaza Tapatía is one of Guadalajara’s architectural landmarks, and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997. On the ceiling and inside the dome of the enchanting neocla…
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Catedral de Guadalajara

Guadalajara’s cathedral is the city’s most conspicuous landmark with distinctive neo-Gothic towers built after an earthquake toppled the originals in 1818. Begun in 1561 and consecrated in 1618, the building is almo…
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 Cathedral in Guadalajara

Basílica de Zapopan

One of the city's most important churches, the Basílica de Zapopan, built in 1730, is home to Nuestra Señora de Zapopan, a petite statue of the Virgin visited by pilgrims year-round. Since 1734 on October 12, thousa…
Top Choice Distillery in El Arenal

Cascahuín

If you have time for only one distillery tour while in Tequila country, make it this one. Here you'll see the entire process, from piña harvesting to bottling and labeling, up close, and mostly done in the tradition…
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 Museum in Morelia

Centro Cultural Clavijero

From 1660 to 1767 the Palacio Clavijero, with its magnificent minimalist main patio, imposing colonnades and pink stonework, was home to the Jesuit school of St Francis Xavier. Today the enormous building houses a c…