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Morelia
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The capital of Mexico’s state of Michoacán is known for well-preserved historic buildings, lakeside scenery and millions of migrating butterflies.

The biggest draw for the Mexican city of Morelia is its well-preserved historic center. Amble along downtown streets filled with Spanish colonial churches, palaces and mansions, all built with pink volcanic stone. Today, many of these buildings house restaurants, museums and hotels.

Morelia was one of the first cities built by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Originally called Valladolid, its name was changed in 1828 to honor José María Morelos y Pavón, a hero of Mexican independence.

Start your historic tour in the colossal baroque Morelia Cathedral with two 230-feet (70-meter) towers. Inside are frescoes and an organ with 4,600 pipes. Return on Saturday nights to see the lighting of the cathedral accompanied by music and fireworks.

Visit the 18th-century Government Palace to see large murals depicting the history of Mexico’s independence movement. Nearby is the Museo Casa Natal de Morelos where the revolutionary leader was born. The house is now a museum chronicling his life. A short walk east, marvel at the ancient aqueduct supported by more than 200 arches.

In late October, more than 60 million monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the U.S. to western central Mexico’s forests. Take a daytrip to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a protected area 2 hours east of Morelia in the mountains of Michoacán. Observe colonies of colorful flying insects in pine and oyamel firs.

Less than an hour’s drive from Morelia is Lake Pátzcuaro. Browse artisan shops in the lakeside villages. Take a boat to the Isla Janitzio, a small island in the lake. Stroll up the hill to see the statue of Morelos. Along the way, visit restaurants and souvenir shops.

Fly into Morelia’s international airport and explore the city by bus, taxi or rental car. Enjoy other attractions besides history and nature. Listen to the boys’ choir at the Conservatory of the Roses, sample fruit “ates” in the museum dedicated to sweets and dine in restaurants serving regional specialties. Plan to enjoy Morelia’s warm days and cool nights year-round.

Where to stay in Morelia

Fiesta Inn Morelia Altozano
Fiesta Inn Morelia Altozano
3.5 out of 5
Av. Montaña Monarca Norte No. 1000, Col. Ejido Jesús del Monte, Morelia, MICH
The price is $49 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in the heart of Morelia, this hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Morelia Convention Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Benito Juarez Zoo and Morelia Cathedral. ...
4/5Very Good! (558 reviews)
"I great place to stay, wonderful views, and great customer service."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Fiesta Inn Morelia Altozano
Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia
Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia
4 out of 5
Av Ventura Puente Esq Camelina, Morelia, MICH
The price is $40 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
This family-friendly Morelia hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of José María Morelos Theater and Morelia Convention Center. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Everything was great!! Room service .food.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia
Mansion Solis Hotel y Spa
Mansion Solis Hotel y Spa
3.5 out of 5
344 Av Acueducto Chapultepec Norte, Morelia, MICH
The price is $154 per night from May 13 to May 14
Located in the heart of Morelia, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Morelia Aqueduct and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Morelia Cathedral. Alfredo Zalce Museum of Contemporary ...
4.3/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
"Room quality was beyond my expectations. Impressing Cleanliness throughout the hotel. ~ Sandra O."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Mansion Solis Hotel y Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cabaña AmorAmor
Cabaña AmorAmor
3 out of 5
Avenida Independencia SN, Colonia Santiago Tzipijo, Morelia, MICH
Situated in Morelia, this cabin is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Guadalupe Sanctuary and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Morelia Cathedral. Las Tarascas Fountain and Villalongin ...
Cabaña AmorAmor
Cabaña Grande in Sandunga Cabañas
Cabaña Grande in Sandunga Cabañas
Tzintzuntzan, MIC
The price is $75 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated on a lake, this historic cabin is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana Old Museum and within 16 mi (25 km) of Nuestra Senora de la Salud ...
Cabaña Grande in Sandunga Cabañas
Cabaña Maria Luisa en Sandunga Cabañas Boutique
Cabaña Maria Luisa en Sandunga Cabañas Boutique
Tzintzuntzan, MIC
The price is $35 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated in Tzintzuntzan, this historic cabin is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Franciscan Convent of Santa Ana Old Museum and within 16 mi (25 km) of Nuestra Senora de ...
Cabaña Maria Luisa en Sandunga Cabañas Boutique
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Morelia

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Mar 21, 2020

Morelia it’s a pretty and small city, but the traffic it’s crazy.

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Feb 17, 2020

A great place to visit for 2-3 days. Several day trips from Morelia are possible. This hotel would be great for a personal solo retreat because of the environment.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 7, 2020

This is a great city to do a vacation time is safe people are very nice city has many place where to go.

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Jan 26, 2020

Love visiting Morelia. There is a lot of history to see.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 22, 2020

Beautiful city. Lots of history.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 17, 2020

Beautiful colonial city center. Highly recommend candy market, eating at the portales across from the cathedral, cathedral, regional arts & crafts cultural center, and of course the enchiladas morelianas.

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