We traveled from the beach to Morelia to stay the night and then on to Patzcuaro (only 45 mins away) early the next day.
|On the ride from Morelia to Patzcuaro we had the front window|
seat on the top floor of the double decker bus.
From Patzcuaro, we took a local bus to visit the ancient village and ruins of Tzintzuntzan. Tzintzuntzan used to be the capital of the Purépechan kingdom (indigenous group). The name means "place of hummingbirds" in P'urhépecha. Today the village is known for its pottery and woven goods.
|the signs were in Spanish, English and what we assumed was P'urhépecha|
|ruins in Tzintzuntzan, overlooking lake Patzcuaro|
In Tzintzunzan we also saw:
|cattle being herded to a water hole|
|lots of woodcarvings|
From Tzintzuntzan, we continued on to Quiroga.
|Zócalo in Quiroga|
We then returned to Patzcuaro to explore a bit more in the daylight before catching the bus back to the DF.
|Patzcuaro, Plaza Grande/Quiroga|
|an old church that is now a public library, with an|
early work of Juan O'Gorman on the back wall
|mural by Juan O'Gorman|
|library from the outside|
|altar with the Virgen de la Salud, a sacred figure to|
the Indians of the region, who come from the villages
to pay homage to her and petition her healing
power on the eighth day of each month