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Pátzcuaro

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4 travelers at this place:

  • Day253

    Die Friedhöfe verwandeln sich in ein Meer voller Farben. Schmuck und Grabbeigaben erinnern oft an die Vorlieben des Toten zu Lebzeiten.

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  • Day253

    Die indigene Bevölkerung Mexikos lebt seit Menschengedenken mit der Vorstellung, dass der Tod nur ein Aspekt des Lebens sei, und man freut sich jedes Jahr darauf, dass die Toten aus dem Jenseits auf die Erde zurückkommen, um ihre Angehörigen zu besuchen.
    In der Gegend um Patzcuaro im mexikanischen Bundesstaat Michoacan leben die Purépecha, ein kleines Volk, welches für seine lebendigen Traditionen und seine kunsthandwerkliche Geschicklichkeit bekannt ist. Deshalb wird hier besonders intensiv gefeiert, und auf den Märkten findet man alles, was die Untoten erfreuen könnte ...Read more

  • Day253

    Zwar bekennt sich der ganz überwiegende Teil der mexikanischen Bevölkerung zum Katholizismus, außer dem Weihrauch, der hier überall zu jeder Gelegenheit gerne zum Einsatz kommt, erinnert uns aber nur wenig an das katholische Brauchtum, welches in Mitteleuropa praktiziert wird.
    In der Woche vor der Nacht der Nächte veranstaltet jede Kirchengemeinde eine Prozession: Jesus wird durch die Straßen getragen, es wird gesungen und getanzt, Feuerwerk wird abgebrannt und Blaskapellen spielen, und mit dem Einbruch der Nacht schraubt man Gottes Sohn dann unter lautem Beifall wieder an sein angestammtes Kruzifix ...Read more

  • Day60

    On Three Kings Day, Epiphany, Mexicans buy a large, round or oval-shaped cake filled with sweetened dried fruit. This Kings Cake symbolizes a crown. It is usually eaten with a hot chocolate drink. A small white figurine representing Baby Jesus is hidden inside the cake, symbolizing the hiding of Jesus from Herod. Whoever gets the slice with the figurine has to host a party with tamales on February 2nd or “Día de la Candelaria”.

    This tradition came to Mexico from Spain at the time of the early years of the viceroys (1535).

    We bought a very small cake but it had a baby inside!
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  • Day59

    We are happy! The house that we rented is a gem.

    It is located in the historical centre and on a very narrow and quiet street. Most houses in the Historic centre are painted the red and white colours that you see in the second photo. At the top of the street is the beautiful Chico Plaza with its library, theatre, stores, hotels and a huge daily fruit, vegetable, meat and clothing market. It buzzes with people strolling through its many little food and small items kiosks. More about that in another footprint.

    We are renting the house through a real estate company called Houses Patzcuaro.

    As you will notice, the inside of the house is painted in very traditional Mexican colours and is very colourful. The furniture is comfortable and we have everything that we need. There is filtered water so there is no need to buy bottles of drinking water and we have a water and dryer in our bedroom with two queen sized beds on the second floor. The patio off the kitchen is lovely with a BBQ and flowers. On top of that, we have a casita (2nd bedroom) with its own bathroom off of the patio. Since it get chilly in the evenings, the house has 3 gas fireplaces to take the chill off.

    The house is just perfect for us.
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  • Day56

    Elevation: 2200m/7200 feet
    Population - close to 60,000
    Founded in 1322
    Spanish established a settlement in 1538
    Temperature today is a high of 28C with no humidity and a low of 16C. Spring-like.
    Sunrise today: 7:22 a.m. Sunset today: 6:23 p.m.

    Patzcuaro - “Long before the Spanish arrived, the Purepecha Indians considered this place to be a doorway to heaven, a portal through which the gods descended to earth.”

    Patzcuaro is one of Mexico’s designated Magical Towns. It is a charming, low-key village with colorful markets, surrounded by green mountains with pines and spruces. We live in one of many red and white adobe houses on a very quiet street. The Plaza Chico is at the end of our street and the very big daily meat and fish, and fruit and vegetable market is two blocks away. No need to fill up our fridge once a week.

    We have only been here for a short time but we already feel,in a positive way, the sensory overload - the smells, the touch, feel, taste and sights of Mexican life. We absolutely love it.

    The smells in the market mingle together - the tacos, coffee, fresh fruit, fish, meat, freshly baked bread and French pastries.

    We just want to touch the hand woven fabrics, the wooden toys, the clay pots, the copper ware, and the flowers in the market. Everything has texture here.

    We walked through the Plaza Grande ( Plaza Don Vasco) and could hear quiet Christmas music playing. In one corner a small band was playing pirekuas (Purepecha folk music) and in another spot a band was playing music to accompany the traditional Dance of the Little Old Men. Church bells ring and dogs bark. But it is not just instrumental sounds that are heard. Kids are laughing and locals talking. Yet at the same time, in our patio, just a block away, we hear nothing. Silence. We don’t understand this but it is true. Maybe we’ll unravel this mystery soon.

    Regarding the sense of taste...the cuisine here is unparalleled. On every street corner and in between, little kiosks are set up with traditional Purepecha food like ucepos, corundas, tarascan soup, michi broth, chapatis, charanda and so many other foods that I will just have to write about them in another blog. Yes, we can buy hamburgers and fries and pizza too. This town has it all.

    The sights! Where do I start? To walk along the cobblestone streets, it is like eye candy. The streets are full of people and crafts, and even riders on horses. Baroque and Neo-classical churches are located in each of the squares, red and white adobe and tile houses line the streets, and flowers, fountains and big trees fill the plazas. There are also stands and stands of colourful handicrafts, tablecloths, traditional clothing and blankets.

    The centre of town is about 1 km from a picturesque, quiet lake, which on November 1st is filled with the light from candles that residents light to remember their deceased loved ones. Patzcuaro is the home of the Day of the Dead celebrations which happen every year at the end of October. The big island in the middle of the lake, Janitzio, is a magical place to visit during this time. When we lived in Zamora, in 1999/2000, we experienced this magical time of the year.

    Around the town are large mountains full of oak, spruce and pine trees. We have heard that there are fields of marigolds in the Fall.

    In the coming weeks, it won’t be hard to write ‘footprints’ about this happening little town.
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  • Day59

    January the 6th is a special day in Mexico. Known as 'El Dia de Reyes' (Three Kings Day), this holiday marks the height of the Christmas season. The date marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the three wise men who traveled from far away, with gifts for the baby Jesus. The children of Mexico look forward to this holiday as traditionally, gifts are exchanged on this date, not on Christmas day.

    On January 5th, Patzcuaro was filled with Mexican tourists, arriving in combi after combi, to buy gifts for their kids and to celebrate this day. Combis are the vans used for local transportation.

    Kids were given crowns and little flags to wave. After the evening church service, a parade wound its way through town and at midnight, fireworks were lit.

    We really enjoyed walking the streets and people watching today. It was all so colourful and happy.
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  • Day63

    At the top of our street and across the road from the Plaza Chico, there is a huge old building. It is probably the reason why we don’t hear any noise from the busy plaza, as it would block any sounds. Its façade looks like an ancient church, but upon entering, this place surprised us with something unexpected: a Public Library.

    The original building was constructed in 1576 as an Augustinian Convent. In 1850, the monks who lived in the convent were evicted and all religious activities ceased. In 1938, General Lázaro Cárdenas declared it the site for La Biblioteca Pública ( Public Library) Gertrudis Bocanegra.

    The library is interesting from an architectural standpoint, as well as for a beautiful mural that was painted by the noted artist, Juan O'Gorman, a disciple of Diego Rivera. It took him a year to paint and illustrates Michoacán’s history from pre-Hispanic times to the 1910 revolution.

    In it are depicted the arrival of the Spanish, Don Vasco’s evangelism work, and Mexico’s independence and revolution. This enormous work of art, measuring 14 meters high by 12.7 meters wide, dominates the entire northern wall – floor to ceiling – of the cavernous library.

    To the west of the library, the Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin was a convent until it was converted into a theater in 1936. Today it is an art-house/cinema.
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  • Day259

    Patzcuaro is a beautiful old colonial town, and we had a lovely tranquil camp site just on the edge of town. We're still high at around 2,000 metres meaning its gorgeously warm in the sun but drops down to a few degrees overnight. This doesn't bother us as we have an electric heater (thanks for buying that on your trip mum & dad!), as well as a gas heater for when we are camping without a hookup, so we are nice and toasty overnight.

    We spent a couple of days exploring this large town and its multitude of plazas and artisan craft shops. We managed to buy lots of pressies, promptly filling the space we just created by sending a parcel home. We even found a Chinese restaurant, which made a nice change from tacos, tacos and more tacos, and cost us a whopping 3 bucks for a huge plateful!

    On the 3rd day we drove a few minutes to the dock and caught a little boat over to the island of Janitzio. Our boat was worryingly called the Titanic, but it managed to get us the 25 minutes over to the island. We wound our way up the small island, with large steps covered on all sides with stalls selling mostly tack. At the top was a cool monument which you could climb to get great views over the lake and beautiful rolling hills.

    We could have easily spent longer exploring the area but we felt we needed to keep momentum otherwise we will never reach Guatemala.

    We heades towards the butterflys (check next blog post) and decided to make a stop off at some hot springs. There are great roads here, but they are tolled and boy are they expensive. We've paid 30 bucks for an hours drive before, so we decided to take the Libre (free) roads. This can be a bit of an adventure, with rough surfaces and hundreds of topes (speed bumps) suddenly appearing on 50mph roads. Sometimes you do get to go along some beautiful sections, particularly up in the hills, which (just about) makes it worthwhile. As we were drawing near we started heading up a windy road, which went up and up until we leveled out about 3,000 metres. The whole area is geothermal and we found a great campsite with amazing hot pools, and spent a lovely afternoon lounging around. We had a camp fire to keep away the cold, and we could hear the nice white noise from the steam power plant next door.
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