Jul 21, 2002, 9:42 PM
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Here are the answers – or at least my version – to your questions:
Patzcuaro / Morelia
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How hot / cold does it get in Patzcuaro? I have read that it gets into the twenties in winter. Does it snow? What's the hottest it gets in summer?
-- Oh yes, it does get cold in Patzcuaro, and in the twenties in the winter. But it doesn’t stay that cold all day long. Yes, it has snowed there, but blue moons and winning the lottery happen more frequently. The hottest – are you looking for the record highs or just the usual temps? It does get nippy, and the setting sun spells a drop in temps. Remember, Patzcuaro’s elevation is 7000’ and it’s got that body of water. While you may find yourself wearing a down jacket in June, the highest temps are in the 80s.
Same questions about Morelia.
-- Same answers, except that the temps reach 100 F. during the peak of the hot and dry season in May, just before the showers arrive. Fortunately, that peak only lasts a few weeks. Morelia’s altitude is 6399’. And even within Morelia, there is a great range of temps from the Centro Historico to Santa Maria and beyond. That answer would have to be qualified by what area in the Municipio of Morelia you’re talking about.
In both places, you will wear a sweater at least once a week during 49 weeks of the year, but you’ll never need air conditioning either.
What is the situation regarding the internet inboth places?
-- Yes. Patzcuaro doesn’t have the range of providers that Morelia does, just because of its size. In Morelia we have DSL, cable and wireless, but the availability is going to depend upon your neighborhood.
How far apart are they? What are the roads like?
--36 miles. There’s a very nice divided highway between the two cities. The streets within each vary from wide paved boulevards to cobblestone, adoquin, and dirt.
I realize that this area is not as 'gringo' as, say, Chapala/Ajijic (thank you, Lord). Are maids/gardeners readily available?
-- Of course. More than 99.9% of all household employers are Mexicans!
Is sport fishing as we know it in the US available on the lake?
-- While I don’t know how sport fishing is available in the US, the answer is “really, kinda sorta not really.”