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Paricutin volcano
This extinct volcano, located on the western outskirts of Pátzcuaro, is famous for its open views of the Lake region, including the city. Many Patzcuarenses include a walk or run to the Mirador (viewpoint) as part of their fitness programs; however, it’s also possible to drive up. From the Mirador, a staircase of nearly 400 steps ascends in a straight line to the volcano’s rim.  Bring your camera!

Located on the north side of the city, the Cerro Blanco hilltop rewards you with a 360-degree view around Pátzcuaro.  For birdwatchers, this hill also has many paths and places ideal for spotting birds. Duration:  2  hrs.; moderate

The National Park in Uruápan is home to the springs (“La Rodilla del Diablo”/ “Devil’s Knee”) that form the headwaters of the Rio Cupatítzio. A nature trail follows the river as it courses down the steep hillside.  The diversity and beauty of the natural vegetation —flowers, shrubs and trees—inspire awe. Duration:  30-45 minutes; Easy/Moderate.

Nature Hikes

Walking or hiking through Pátzcuaro’s countryside conveys a direct experience of the diverse ecology found in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin (“Cuenca”).

As you ride around the shores of Lake Pátzcuaro, you will pass through several distinct ecosystems:

Lake Pátzcuaro Shore Drive

"Travelers who are interested in the history of this region of Michoacán will be well rewarded by a tour of the numerous picturesque villages bordering Lake Pátzcuaro. In addition to their authentic indigenous ambience and specialized crafts, many of these communities boast old colonial churches and missions, some dating back over 400 years." Richard Perry

Paricutín volcano

One of two volcanoes that erupted in the twentieth century, the first sign came from a farmer who noticed the earth warming in his cornfield. In response to this advance warning, the people moved their pueblo.  A trail to the church passes through a mixed pine and oak forest before arriving at the river of lava that covers the pueblo of San Juan Parangaricutiro. Today only the church’s towers are visible above the lava, mute testimony to nature’s power.
 Access:  Hike; 35-40 minutes

Pátzcuaro – Zirahuén

This trail follows an old road that connects the city of Pátzcuaro with Lake Zirahuén.

The trail winds through a mixed pine and oak forest. The transparent waters of the lake will reward the hiker with a refreshing swim.  You might choose to enjoy white fish caught in the lake—a delicacy enjoyed by Purhépecha kings.

Malpais Arocutín

A combination of rich volcanic soil, altitude (6600 feet - 2200 meters above sea level), and latitude permits ferns and cactus to grow side by side in company with live oaks and madrone trees in the backround.
Duration:
  1 hour;  Easy.

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