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When you first arrive in Patzcuaro you notice that there are large, mature pine trees everywhere with their bases painted white presumably for the benefit of night traffic. This immediately sets the mood for the town with calming and cooling effect. Among Patzcuaro’s advantages are:
- It is a relatively small city of about 40,000 people.
- There is a large lake of the same name with islands you can boat to.
- At 7200 feet altitude it is delightfully cool here even walking in the sun.
- There is not one but two plazas with sidewalk restaurants in the portals.
- It has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in all of Mexico.
- There are a multitude of daytrips you can take to archaeologic, craft producing, and other leisure locations.
- Tourism has not overtaken things and prices are reasonable.
The Plaza Bocanegra on this and the next two pages is one of the two major plazas in the city (the other being Plaza Quiroga). It is a great photo opportunity in motion. The buses to local destinations stop here. (There is also a station for longer distances about a mile away.) Looking north from the center of the plaza toward the Bocanegra library. Note the pigeon drinking atop the fountain. This is the statue of Señora Bocanegra who was martyred for her support of the Independence movement. (looking south) Going north from Plaza Quiroga this is where you come to the Plaza Bocanegra. Streets are offset a little so you can cross at the corners easily. Looking east across the south end of the plaza. The water tower is in the background. Looking east across the north end of the plaza. The library is the tallest building at the end.