Morelia & Lake Patzcuaro // Guadalajara, its neighboring Towns & Lake Chapala

31.08. – 04.09.2019

Morelia is an amazing city – it is big, clean and has the most impressive church in Mexico. The city center is very well kept and shows a lot of history. Now, there are people that like avocado and then there is me! For dinner we decided it would be a good idea to have an avocado soup, guacamole, and avocado – the most avocado you can have in one meal! 🙂 But moving on to the city, we saw a fireworks show above the cathedral in the evening. The cathedral is nice but not as stunning as the Santuario de Guadeloupe that has to be the most beautiful and unique church in Mexico with such a surreal look that’s just so amazing and beautiful.

The next day, we decided to go to Patzcuaro, a famous lake in Mexico that is supposed to be the best place to go to on “Dia de Muertos” (so check it out if your’e around at the beginning of Nov). The islands have a charm to them that is hard to explain. Janitzio island is topped by a statue that is supposed to be bigger than the Statue of Liberty in NYC. Patzcuaro itself is a nice small town with colonial beauty and charm that has its own unique personality compared to the rest of Mexico. In a way, it feels a bit more lost in time than the rest since cars are not as present as in other cities.

Our next stop was Guadalajara – it could be a beautiful city with its churches and colonial-style houses but the fact that modern buildings, stores and businesses are so present everywhere takes away from the charm. It is Mexico’s second biggest and most important city.

To Chapala it’s a 30 minutes bus drive from Guadalajara’s old bus station. There, you are greeted by a nice lake with a charming little town including a nice promenade along the water. Now, if you really want to see something unique, you should also go to neighboring Ajijic where you can see a lot of very cool, colorful street art and retired Americans – since Mexico is cheaper than the USA a lot of them decide to move here.

An adjacent city to Guadalajara is Tlaquepaque which has a very nice vibe and personality to it. With its art, pottery, and mariachi everywhere, it is totally worth a visit! Especially along Calle Independencia, you’ll see a lot of interesting things and beautiful buildings.

Zapopan, another neighboring city and part of the urban footprint of Guadalajara, is also very charming. It has one of the most important cathedrals in this area and some other buildings that are very awesome. Furthermore, not very far away, the blue agave fields for making the Tequila can be found all over the place. Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at the colorful rings in one of the streets in the city center.

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