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Michoacán – the soul of Mexico (© 2002 jennifer j. rose)

The state of Michoacán is an uncommon place. From the sugar cane fields of Los Reyes, the avocados, coffee, and macadamia nuts of Uruapan, the melon fields of Apatzingán, the rice fields of Lombardia and Nueva Italia, the pears of Ucareo, the pescado blanco of Patzcuaro, to the ruggedly pristine Pacific coast, the endless pine-crested peaks of Mil Cumbres, the mines and butterflies of Angangueo and the former mining town of Tlalpujahua.

Michoacán is as varied a state as you’ll find anywhere in Mexico. Michoacán is craft-central for all kinds of handicrafts and ground zero for Noche de Muertos. The guitars of Paracho, the lace of Aranza, the deshilado of San Felipe de los Herreros, the masks of Tocuaro, the devils of Ocumicho, and the pottery of Capula… And don’t miss the Meseta Purépecha, the archeological wonders of Tingambato, Tzintzuntzan and Ihuatzio or the copper workers of Santa Clara de Cobre. Morelia, the most Spanish of all Mexican cities, warrants a book all its own.

This is the state which produced one of Mexico’s most revered leaders – Lázaro Cárdenas. This is the state which has sent off the second-highest number of its own to work across foreign borders. This is the state in which the oldest university in the American continent was founded back in 1540.

Michoacán is craft and industry. Michoacán is history and leadership. Michoacán is a kaleidoscope of natural beauty. Michoacán is art and music, and Michoacán is education. Michoacán is the guardian of tradition, and the face of tomorrow. This is the state whose pride knows no bounds, and this is the state everyone loves.

The State:


Cities & Towns


Tingambato - Pyramid
Tingambato – Pyramid

Pátzcuaro & Area

Paricutín Volcano
Paricutín Volcano


Michoacán’s Pacific Coast

Other Places

The Arts


Galleries – A visual tour

Parque Nacional Eduardo Ruiz - Waterfall
Parque Nacional Eduardo Ruiz – Waterfall


Click here for detailed, interactive PDF map of Michoacán — It’s amazing!

Weather and Climate

The central part of Michoacán is temperate; the mountain ranges are cooler; the lower areas are warmer. The monthly average temperatures range from 13° C to 29° C, with the coldest period during January and the warmest during the month of May. The rainy season is from May to September.


MexConnect’s rich collection of Michoacán resources would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of:

  • jennifer rose of Morelia, who coordinated and assembled the materials, and also contributed a number of original articles herself;
  • The various Secretarías de Turismo at the state and municipal levels who provided excellent translations of various materials;
  • All the authors and photographers who willingly shared their materials.

To all of the contributors – Thank-you.

To all of the readers – Enjoy!

Published or Updated on: September 1, 2011 by MexConnect Staff © 2008
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