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Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by Curly! ⌂, Great Pacific Northwet, Monday, September 04, 2017, 12:21 (48 days ago)

Good day friends.

Ten of us are coming down to the Villa de la Roca in November. Six will be spending the following week bussing and walking Patzcuaro, Morelia and the surrounding area. I am hoping that those who have been up that way might share their experiences with me, good or bad. Some in the party aren't comfortable just winging it so we are anticipating lodgings at the Hotel Virrey de Mendoza in Morelia, and the Hotel Casa Encantada in Patz. Any opinions that might alter our thinking would be welcome. They both look like excellent choices to me but first-hand information is always the best information. Also any tips on taking the bus from Z, up north... looks fairly straight forward but tips, if you have any, are good.

Thanks in advance.

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Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by Dianled @, Oregon, Monday, September 04, 2017, 12:45 (48 days ago) @ Curly!

4 of us made this trip a little over 2 years ago. It was excellent! We purchased our bus tickets to Uruapan on Parhikuni a day ahead of time. At that time we would then have to transfer by local bus to Patz. We were glad that we arranged for Casa Encantada to have a driver in a van pick us at the Uruapan station for our onward trip as the station in Patz is not close to the center of town. Also, I recommend buying that first leg of trip ahead of time as the bus was full when we went, and they were turning people away for our departure time which was early morning. We also had Casa Ecantada arrange for our transport to Morelia. Bus station there is quite a ways from center of town. While in Patzcuaro, we had a wonderful day touring with a guide into the villages in the countryside. It was well worth it.

Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by Casa Juan, Monday, September 04, 2017, 12:46 (48 days ago) @ Curly!

I stayed at Hotel Casa Encantada last Feb 17, it was nice, and pet friendly. The breakfast they serve is great and its close to the central square. I would not hesitate to stay there.

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Zihuatanejo to Pátzcuaro and Morelia

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, September 04, 2017, 12:59 (48 days ago) @ Curly!

Good day friends.

Ten of us are coming down to the Villa de la Roca in November. Six will be spending the following week bussing and walking Patzcuaro, Morelia and the surrounding area. I am hoping that those who have been up that way might share their experiences with me, good or bad. Some in the party aren't comfortable just winging it so we are anticipating lodgings at the Hotel Virrey de Mendoza in Morelia, and the Hotel Casa Encantada in Patz. Any opinions that might alter our thinking would be welcome. They both look like excellent choices to me but first-hand information is always the best information. Also any tips on taking the bus from Z, up north... looks fairly straight forward but tips, if you have any, are good.

Thanks in advance.

Winging things is good! Stay loose and flexible. Give in to whimsical desires. You're all going to have the time of your life. Be ready to be awe-struck and spellbound! B-)

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Pátzcuaro
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Hotel Virrey de Mendoza, Morelia
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Zihuatanejo to Pátzcuaro and Morelia

by midalake @, Monday, September 04, 2017, 13:33 (48 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

In Patz.

We like:

Mision Patzcuaro Centro

Hotel la Parroquia

Hotel Mansion Iturbe

The biggest sleeper is!!!! Hotel Refugio Del Angel

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Zihuatanejo to Pátzcuaro and Morelia

by Helene @, Zih, Monday, September 04, 2017, 13:53 (48 days ago) @ midalake

In Morelia the finest hotel I have ever stayed in in my life. Hotel Soledad. Outstandingly beautiful.

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by larry @, Tucson AZ, Tuesday, September 05, 2017, 14:11 (47 days ago) @ Helene

In Morelia the finest hotel I have ever stayed in in my life. Hotel Soledad. Outstandingly beautiful.

Take me there, take me there!

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Monday, September 04, 2017, 16:23 (47 days ago) @ midalake

I would also give Mansion Iturbe in Patzcuaro very good marks. A beautiful, beautiful hotel and a lovely breakfast. Right on the square. Lovely staff but not a lot of English. We stayed twice and loved our stay.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Monday, September 04, 2017, 14:11 (48 days ago) @ Curly!

Remember-that area has the ability to be very cold that time of year, even freezing at night.

Our favorite taco stand in all of Mexico is in Patzcuaro. On the first plaza, walk right into the market street. First stand on the right, red shirts, Santa Cruz. The absolute best anywhere!!!

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Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Monday, September 04, 2017, 15:31 (48 days ago) @ Curly!

Curly, I second the opinion of others that La Casa Encantada is a wonderful B&B in Patz. Also that you should bring some warmer clothes than you might imagine needing. We went up there in March and found some patches of snow on the ground. We appreciated -- and used -- the gas fireplace in our room.
Another tip I got from Wil Mertz is to get the upper-deck, front-row seats on the bus. Best possible views along the way.

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Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Monday, September 04, 2017, 16:57 (47 days ago) @ JeffMN

If you want to tour the little villages around Patzquaro, I would suggest you get a English speaking guide if you do not speak Spanish. Each of the little towns is known for a trade. The first is wood working, another is items made from palm leaves, another for items made from reeds from the pond. On the other side of Patzquaro is a town know for pottery. On our tour on the way back to Patzquaro we stopped at a restaurant that looked like it was from the Alps. We had the fresh fish that was just caught from the lake- you could pick your fish but we let the chef do the selecting. There is so much history of the villages around the lake and between Morelia. Would you believe Moriali has a small space museum. When we went to Patzquaro, we rented a car for our r/t from Patzquaro. Since our hotel was away from the center of town, only used the car to go eat dinner and hit the ATM each evening after touring because the artisan shops were cash- was about 5 year ago now.

Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by The Fez ⌂ @, Friday, September 08, 2017, 00:16 (44 days ago) @ Paulf

I was under the impression that the fish from the lake was 'iffy' due to serious water pollution issues.

Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro and Morelia

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, September 09, 2017, 18:26 (42 days ago) @ The Fez

I can't say. They were selling the fish in the market and the restaurant had its on holding tanks that you pick your on fish. There was a restaurant on the by pass around Ixtapa that had fish in tanks that were raised in tanks in the mountain. On one of the tours with Will, he top us by his wife's family's farm where they were raising fish in large tanks. The tanks were fed by the water coming from the mountain springs- the water flowed through the tanks. It was really beautiful up there.