Welcome to Uruapan


When Spanish monk Fray Juan de San Miguel arrived here in 1533, he was so taken with his surroundings that he gave the area the Purépecha name, Uruapan (oo-roo-AH-pahn), or ‘Eternal Spring.’ Fray Juan designed a large market square, built a hospital and chapel, and arranged streets into a grid that survives today.

Uruapan quickly grew into a productive agricultural center renowned for its macadamia nuts and high-quality aguacates (avocados); it still holds the title ‘Capital Mundial del Aguacate.’ Uruapan is 500m lower than Pátzcuaro and a bit warmer. It's not as enchanting a place as the latter, but is worth a stopover for a day or so.


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$56 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ancient Purepecha cities. Archaeological tour.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tingambato Archaeological Site, Uruapan, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastPrior to Purepecha era. Archeological area with Teotihuacan influence.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zona Arqueologica de Ihuatzio, Tzintzuntzan, Central Mexico and Gulf CoastArchaeological area. Militar center of the Purepecha Kingdom.Duration: 50 minutesStop At: Tzintzuntzan Ruins, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast"Las Yacatas" Archaeological area. Political and religious center. Capital city of the Purepecha Kingdom.Duration: 1 hour 40 minutesStop At: Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone, Tzintzuntzan, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast"Las Yacatas" Archaeological area. Political and religious center. Capital city of the Purepecha Kingdom.Duration: 1 hour 40 minutesStop At: Cabañas SandungaTraditional regional lunch meal.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail

For the nature lover who also appreciates cultural luminescence, this butterfly adventure captures the brightest colours of Mexico in just ten days. From the historic streets of Mexico City, you'll travel through stunning national parks, colonial towns and beautiful countryside as you follow the migration of the monarch butterfly. Wander through flutters of butterflies in the reserves of El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. Off the beaten path, this quirky adventure will give you a unique insight into the people and "mariposas" of Mexico.