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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 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 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 Guadalajara

La Fonda de la Noche

Set in a rambling art nouveau house, this restaurant is a stunner in every way. The cuisine is largely from the Durango region and it would be fair to say that absolutely anything is tasty. The menu is simple and la…
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 (…