Michoacan State, is unique and one-of-a-kind, the perfect fusion of unspoiled landscape, forests, mountains, lakes and uncrowded beaches picturesque towns, art and history. To visit Michoacán is to discover and learn what is the soul of México.
The name “Michoacan” comes from the Nahuatl words--michin which means “fish,” hua which means “those who have,” and can which means “place” – because of its abundance of lakes, Michoacan has been called “the land of fishermen.” Michoacan was also the land of the indomitable Tarascan tribe who established themselves in the 12th century and remained undefeated rivals to the Aztecs until the Spanish arrived in the 16th century.
Visitors will be impressed by the elegance of Morelia´s Cathedral and the pink stone material found on the buildings in the historical center. The city’s vice regal architecture in baroque, neoclassical and plateresque styles adorns structures like the Clavijero Palace, the Palacio de Gobierno, the Church of the Society of Jesus and the Church of St. Augustine. The Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) and the Plaza de los Mártires (Martyr’s Square) are two additional sites of historical interest in the city.
The picturesque city of Morelia, was declared World Heritage Site in 1991 for its magnificent architecture and impressive symmetry found in its plazas, gardens and atriums. As the capital of Michoacan, it is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in America, with a well-earned reputation as a regional cultural center that still preserves its structures constructed between the 16th and 19th centuries.
In addition to its colonial buildings, churches and former monasteries, the city also offers exciting opportunities to buy world-renowned local handicrafts at lively, folkloric markets. The distinctive pieces are part of the region’s historical legacy and include pottery, ceramic pitchers, plates and punch bowls, all painted with splendid designs. Figures carved out of wood such as masks, saints and crèches are also local specialties, all found at Morelia’s House of Handicrafts –the former convent of San Francisco – one of the best places to buy authentic craftwork.
Michoacan also features miles and miles of undeveloped Pacific coastline between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, ideal for surfing. Top spots include La Ticla, in the northern part of the state and Rivermouth, north of Caleta de Campos.