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Best Places to Visit Near Morelia

30 May 2018


The beautiful city of Morelia, Mexico is one best places to visit in Michoacan. If you’ve already visited the famous capital of Michoacán, now it's time to see some of the surrounding pueblos that are located close to Morelia, Mexico.


Cuitzeo del Porvenir

Only a few minutes away is the Magical Town “Pueblo Magico”, Cuitzeo, known for hosting one of the most ostentatious Augustinian convents in Mexico. It is located on the shore of the lake of Cuitzeo, so here nature, architecture and Mexican folklore blend beautifully. Without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Morelia.



Also recognized as Pueblo Magico, Pátzcuaro is undoubtedly one of the primary tourist destinations in Michoacán, Mexico. Located less than an hour from Morelia, you’ll enjoy a stroll down the antiquated cobbled-stone streets, marvel at the beautiful handicrafts, visit the colorful city markets, try out the delicious food and, of course, the visit the charming lake of Patzcuaro and the island of Janitzio. The island of Janitzio is one of the favorite destinations in Mexico to experience the annual Day of the Dead celebration “Día de Muertos”, on November 1 and 2 of each year.



Quiroga is a town located less than an hour from Morelia and is known mainly for its sale of local and cultural handicrafts. Quiroga is also the cradle of the delicious and famous Michoacán style carnitas. This is a beautiful town to visit and especially for the “foodies”!



On the shores of Lake Pátzcuaro, just a short drive from Morelia, you will find this Pueblo Magico whose main attraction is its archaeological zone. Admire the peculiar pyramids known as "yacatas", which are part of this important Purépecha ceremonial center.


Lake of Zirahuen

If you love nature and eco-tours, just about seventy minutes outside of Morelia you’ll find a picturesque Lake of Zirahuen surrounded by pine and oak forests. The Lake of Zirahuen is an enchanting natural beauty in Michoacán that you won’t want to miss. The perfect photo opportunity is right beside this mirror lake.



Uruapan is the second most important city of Michoacán. Uruapan is about ninety minutes from Morelia, and it has a beautiful National Park, Barranca del Cupatitzio, where you can see hundreds of native species of flora and fauna surrounded by several bodies of water, and the unforgettable waterfall, La Tzaráracua. You’ll love this waterfall near Morelia especially if you enjoy adventure sports as many people enjoy rappelling beside the waterfall here in La Tzaráracua. 


Discover the fantastic tourist destinations in Michoacán, Mexico while staying at the Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia, where we'll welcome you with open arms to pamper you as you deserve and make your trip an unforgettable experience. We have comfortable rooms, a fully-equipped gym facility, an outdoor pool and a tasty restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine. Visit our website to learn more about us and our special promotions: Book your stay today, it will be our pleasure to serve you.


Photo: Contra Muro


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