Pátzcuaro, Mexico

I came further into Michoacan state to the village of Pátzcuaro for the night to visit Lake Pátzcuaro. When I arrived I walked the 4 km up hill to the nearby viewpoint of Estribo Grande. This looks down on the lake on the island villages that I also visited.

This is looking downfrom my walk back to the picturesque village.

I took the short boat ride to the island village of Janitzio. Where the local fishermen do a little exhibition to show the traditional fishing method, I’m not sure how much real fishing there is these days though.

By luck when I was here on the 8th of December there is a traditional holiday. It is the procession for the Day of our Lady of Healh of Pátzcuaro. This dates back to 1536 when the first bishop made the local people create the image. Over the years it became popular for people to come to the image for wishes of good health. The figure of Mary Immaculate of Health of Pátzcuaro was paraded through the streets back to its home of the Basilica.

Here is the quieter side of the village away from the procession, showing the traditional colours of the streets here. My trip was brief to this village, but there are many other villages to explore around this part of the state near the lake.

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