We are on the road again! After a three-day camping stay in the capital city of Morelia, Michoacán, we made the short drive to the Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) of Pátzcuaro. You may remember from our visit to Santa María del Río that a Pueblo Mágico is designated by Mexico as a town with significant cultural importance, related to history, the arts, and/or natural beauty. There are currently 132 Pueblo Mágicos across the country.
We scored an amazing camping location in Pátzcuaro. We’re parked at a working ranch that overlooks the town and lake beyond. Every day, we’re surrounded by grazing geese, horses, a donkey, two sheep, and a lamb. While the nights are cold (the elevation here is over 7,000 feet), the temperature is perfect as soon as the sun comes up.
The cost to camp at Rancho La Mesa is 300 pesos a night ($15 USD) or 350 pesos with RV hookups. There is a restaurant on-site we haven’t tried yet, but we hear good things.
But what about the town of Pátzcuaro? Our first day here, we took a collectivo (public transportation van) to the town center. You’ll get to see it all in this week’s video! We share the two main town squares, good food, an amazing nativity scene, the large town mercado, and the beautiful basilica. There is so much to see in this charming town!
We also share Caspian’s heroic moment, when he faced his fear to save the day.
We hope you enjoy the video:
The next day (after we filmed this video of the town), we took a boat to the island of Janitzio. This small island is topped by a giant statue of Jose María Morelos, hero of Mexican independence. This is another fun thing to do when you visit Pátzcuaro!
Our Instagram Story shows really fun video clips of our time in Michoacán.
What else is new?
This week, Overland Expo posted a short video about the perfect vehicle for overlanding. The video stars Dauntless, our Jeep Gladiator!
We didn’t know they were making that video, so it was a fun surprise.
When we leave Pátzcuaro tomorrow, we are headed to see the monarch butterflies! Their winter hibernation habitat is just east of us, up in the mountains of Michoacán. We haven’t locked down all the details yet, but we are looking forward to seeing this amazing sight.
Thanks for being part of our journey!