To speak of Michoacán is to speak of inspirations and sensibility. This state is a culmination of art, tradition, culture, and natural beauty, making of it a mosaic of artistic and cultural expressions which shine with spirit of Mexico. Michoacán’s natural wealth promises unforgettable experiences. The roads that mark the state traverse stunning forests, temperate landscapes, and tropical settings.
Its incomparable geography is irrigated by springs, brooks, rivers, lakes and lagoons, giving it varied and colorful landscapes in each of its seven tourism regions. Michoacán is also rich in architectural beauty, offering majestic temples, convents, beautiful colonial mansions, and palaces of the viceregal era, perfect for casual tourism or even a dream wedding.
Morelia, one of Mexico’s most important and beautiful cities, is also a Cultural and Historic World Heritage Site. It is the original home of the ideologies which spurred the Movement of Independence, and home of world-famous festivals of culture, music, and cinema. Visit Morelia’s Historic Downtown and feel the spirit of Old Valladolid, declared by UNESCO a Cultural World Heritage Site. Embrace and admire the tranquility and harmony of its historic buildings of pink stone, enjoy its culinary variety, and live the legends, traditions, dances and arts which will surround you. Morelia’s beauty is accented at night, with the illumination of its iconic monuments: The Cathedral, The Aqueduct, and the Old School of St. Nicholas.
The sanctuary of the monarch butterfly is an indispensable tourist attraction for both national and international visitors. In November, the monarch butterfly travels down from the United States and Canada to the forests of Michoacán, seeking a warmer climate to mate. The arduous journey is more than 4,000 kilometers (almost 2,500 miles). Their principal zones of concentration are Zitácuaro, Ocampo, and Angangueo, all in Michoacán.
During the celebrations of the Day of the Dead, altars, trails of flowers and candles, announce the arrival of the dead. This is a celebration that sets Mexico apart, but especially Michoacán. This holiday is cause for celebration, intense aromas, and joy. Mainly in the towns of the native Purépechas that surround the Lake of Pátzcuaro: in Janitzio its tombs are adorned with embroidered cloths, and candles are lit as a bell tolls to invoke the spirits of the deceased. In Jarácuaro its people will place big and beautiful arches of plants and flowers, and people will gather to watch dancers as they execute elaborate dances with skillful precision. In Tzurumútaro, graveyards are decorated with corn and other vegetables, as well as seasonal flowers and candles. In Pacanda Island people will decorate with flower arches atop the graves, as well as baskets and trays of different foods.
Michoacán is also a migratory destination for leatherback seaturtles, as well as others stunning species. Pay a visit to Mexiquillo, Playa Azul, Las Calabazas, Colola, Maruata, La Placita e Ixtapilla.
Explore the youngest volcano in the world at the town of Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, which also boasts its stunning temple, Templo del Señor de los Milagros. We also recommend spending at least one night in the Pantzingo Center of Ecotourism, run exclusively by locals. Situated deep in the forest, this center offers cabins, games for children, animals, grills, a zip line, camping areas, and much more. A good time is a guarantee!
Explore the old Tzintzuntzan Purépecha empire, an exceptional town steeped in history, tradition and unique architecture, born on the shores of the incomparable Lake Pátzcuaro.
For an unforgettable experience, immerse yourself in Michoacán’s many archaeological sites: El Opeño, El Cerro Curatarán, Timgambato, Zaragoza, Tres Cerritos, San Felipe de los Alzati, Pátzcuaro, Tzintzuntzan, Ihuatzio.
Other places to visit at the top of our list: Santa Fe de la Laguna, San Jerónimo Purenchécuaro, Lago de Camécuaro, Tlalpujahua, and Zamora.
Things to see and do
golf, surf, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, fishing, speed boating, jetskiing, kayak, camping, bicycling, mountain biking, hiking, ecotourism, horseback riding. Read +