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Michoacán is a scenic state bordered by mountains to the east and the shores of the Pacific to the west. Explore its interior, a rich agricultural region known for its tropical fruits and livestock industries. Go to the historic heart of the Purépecha culture and find tranquil lakes, lush woodlands and volcanic peaks. One of the biggest draws to the region is the annual winter butterfly migration, when millions of fluttering monarch butterflies congregate in the state’s forested mountains.
The capital city of Morelia has an elegant historic downtown speckled with beautiful examples of colonial architecture. Admire the Morelia Cathedral and scour the stalls of the Casa de las Artesanías craft market. See yet more charming architecture in the city of Uruapan, which is at the center of Mexico’s avocado growing region. Wander the orderly grid-style colonial streets and make the 15-minute walk from the town center to the Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio to see waterfalls, tropical plants and birds and butterflies.
For some beach time, don your swimsuit and venture to the state’s Pacific coast. Lázaro Cárdenas and San Juan de Alima both have pleasant stretches of sand.
Learn more about ancient Purépecha culture in the pretty Pátzcuaro region, which is centered on a lake of the same name. Learn about the indigenous cultures and languages in the towns that surround the lake shores and in the forested mountains.
Zitacuaro contains a vast conifer forest and is part of the wintering ground for the magnificent monarch butterfly. Come here between October and March to see some of the estimated 20 million butterflies that arrive here from North America. During the peak of this migration, the green vegetation is all but obscured by the vibrating black-and-orange wings of the insects. One of the best places to see the butterflies is at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Reach Michoacán by flying into General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport or via regional buses. Taxis are easily found in the urban centers of the state. Arrange your visit for the beginning of November to take part in Noche de Muertos (Night of the Dead) festivities in the Lake Pátzcuaro region.
Located in the heart of Morelia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morelia Convention Center, Benito Juarez Zoo, and Morelia Museum of Natural History. Alfredo Zalce Museum of Contemporary Art and Morelia Aqueduct are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Armas, Mariano Matamoros Theater, and Palace of Justice. Colegio de San Nicolás and Regional Museum of Michoacan are also within 5 minutes.
This family-friendly Morelia hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Plaza de Armas, Rose Garden, and Museum of Colonial Art. Mariano Matamoros Theater and Regional Museum of Michoacan are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in Jungapeo, this lodge is 17.3 mi (27.8 km) from San Felipe de Los Alzati Church and 17.9 mi (28.8 km) from San Felipe de Los Alzati Archaeological Zone.
Located in the heart of Morelia, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Morelia Convention Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Benito Juarez Zoo and Government House. Morelia Museum of Natural History and Santuario de Guadalupe are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Morelia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alfredo Zalce Museum of Contemporary Art, Morelia Museum of Natural History, and Morelia Aqueduct. Guadalupe Sanctuary and Santuario de Guadalupe are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Historic Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Plaza de Armas, Mariano Matamoros Theater, and Palace of Justice. Colegio de San Nicolás and Regional Museum of Michoacan are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gertrudis Bocanegra Square, Nuestra Senora de la Salud Basilica, and Basque of Quiroga Square. Temple Sagrario and House of the Eleven Patios are also within 1 mi (2 km).