Pátzcuaro, Mexico

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Regional Population: 49,016

Time Zone: America/Mexico_City

Local Currency: MXN

Latitude: 19.5166667

Longitude: -101.6

Pátzcuaro is a lakeside town located in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. The area was once the capital of the Purépecha culture, also know as Tarascans. The colonial town retains much of its ancient allure with its adobe buildings crowned in red tiles, cobblestone streets and picturesque plazas.

Pátzcuaro is an artisan and cultural center, featuring wood carvings, woven textiles, lacquered items and pottery. The nearby town of Santa Clara del Cobre is a center for beautiful copperware. The fishermen of Lake Pátzcuaro are well-known and widely photographed for their butterfly-shaped fishing nets.

Pátzcuaro and the island of Janítzio, in Lake Pátzcuaro, are popular destinations for the celebration of Day of the Dead. Markets carry sugar skulls and artwork specific to the holiday, dance performances abound, and the dead are welcomed in local cemeteries with food and flowers.

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Flowers for the Dead

Take a Lake Pátzcuaro candlelit boat procession to an island cemetery celebration of the dead.

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