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Bill Gibson

Jan 13, 2002, 2:56 PM

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Car Rental in Morelia...

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Hi Guys!<p>Just a little follow up regarding our experience with transportation in and around Morelia, Michoacan.<p>After arriving at the Franciso Mujica Airport, we hired a taxi
(the fare was $17.00 dollars U.S. to the Casino Hotel). Once or twice we hired a taxi around town (fare about $1.50 to $1.75 U.S.), we actually tipped the drivers more that the cost of the fare (mainly because we found the drivers very courteous and willing to listen to my weak Spanish, and wanting to share some of their experiences with us).<p>As I indicated in a previous post (to see the sights) we mostly walked around Morelia. Looking back on our walking treks, I would do this again. We got a great feel for the city and everyday life. We were able to get a closer look at the beautiful centuries old architecture, visit the "mercados" and lovely courtyards in many of the building of the city. We listened to a beautiful musical piece, played by a student while sitting out among the roses of the "Conservatorio de Musica de Las Rosas".<p>A short walk from the Casino Hotel was a restaurant called "Fonda Las Mercedes" at #47 Leon Guzman (street). Among other specialties tried, in a classic Mexican dish called "Crepas de Cuitlacoche", crepes filled with a seasoned fungus that is allowed to grow from corn. Now I can say that I have eaten this traditional dish!! The name of the person that owns this restaurant escapes me, but I'm sure Jenifer will know!! It is decorated beautifully inside.
The large pieces of illuminated quartz rock are beautiful in the darkened dining area.

After a few days of wondering Morelia, we rented a car from "Budget" (if Olga is still there, she was very patient wih us) and began a 4 to 5 day trek into the areas surrounding Lake Patzcuaro and up into Guanajuato and San Miguel, Gto. We got the insurance and after a day of driving behind the wheel, all was well. <p>The roads up into Patcuaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, and Uruapan were very nice and modern. Generally, the roads were pretty good. You must make an adjustment to the speed bumps you will encounter, just before and just after your drive through any averaged sized community. Along with the occasional horse, cow, burro, or Mexican shepherd guiding his goat heard
Across the highway.<p>Don't be surprised to see little wooden horse drawn carts piled with alfalfa hay, or sacks of beans, corn, etc traveling down some of the little community dirt roads (some of the charm of the country).<p>We had so many great experiences in these Mexican Highlands, that I will include some, in future posts.<p>Overall our car rental was a successful experience. We covered about 1000 Kilometers when all was said and done!!<p>If your thinking about traveling to Morelia, Michoacan I think you will enjoy the city and all its charm.<p>Bill Gibson
Crestline, Ca
"Aficionado de la Cocina Mexicana" <p> <p>

 
 
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