Mar 8, 2003, 7:22 AM
Post #3 of 9
Semana Santa in Uruapan isn’t just for tourists. I live here, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Re: [maile] Uruapan Semana Santa
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The Artisans’ Fair is world-class market, featuring more than a million pieces, representing more than 1,300 craftsmen and 80 communities of Michoacán. It’s not just another tourist attraction. The organizers and participants take this very seriously. If not the largest, it’s the second-largest, of its kind in the Mexican Republic.
But there’s much, much more going on than just the Tianguis Artesanal de Domingo de Ramos. There’s the regional costume competition, which I wouldn’t miss for the world. And plenty of other cultural activities.
This is clearly the time to see all of Michoacan’s artisans, or at least a major portion of them, in one place at one time.
Semana Santa is more like two weeks, and it is the major vacation season in Mexico. Everyone who can heads somewhere else, and the beach is the favored location. Uruapan will be popular, but it still doesn’t have the cachet of the beach for many folks.
In Uruapan, Patzcuaro and Morelia, Semana Santa is rivaled only by Muertos in terms of the influx of tourists (using the definition of someone who spends the night in a town not his own). Make those hotel reservations NOW. At the very least, make a guaranteed reservation for the first few days, so you'll have someplace to stay while you look for something else. Or you cancel the reservation if your plans change.
Patzcuaro’s accommodations will likely reach 100%. Morelia’s will be fairly full, but not as tight.
If you can, I’d still recommend that you plan on staying in Uruapan for a least two nights. It’s an easy drive to Uruapan from Patzcuaro, and Morelia is a little more than an hour away, but the sheer ease of being where the action is would make staying in Uruapan worth it.
There's more about Uruapan's attractions at http://www.uruapan.gob.mx/Turismo.htm#
(This post was edited by jennifer rose on Mar 8, 2003, 7:23 AM)