Morelia

by LoveIPA, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 10:39 (101 days ago)

We are thinking of taking a few days and going to Morelia out of Ixtapa. Any recommendations on which bus service is best? Is it best to go during the weekend or weekends? We are thinking weekdays would be best. Any recommendations on places to stay and tour operators for a butterfly tour would also be appreciated. Also is there any updates on the travel safety?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 11:13 (101 days ago) @ LoveIPA

We are thinking of taking a few days and going to Morelia out of Ixtapa. Any recommendations on which bus service is best? Is it best to go during the weekend or weekends? We are thinking weekdays would be best. Any recommendations on places to stay and tour operators for a butterfly tour would also be appreciated. Also is there any updates on the travel safety?

Parhikuni and Intervías are the best way to get to Morelia. Both offer luxury class service.

Weekends will have more cultural events than weekdays.

It will be cold at night so you should be sure to stay somewhere that has heating. Not all lodgings do. Many excellent lodgings to choose from within easy walking distance of the main plaza. I'll let others post their recommendations.

Travel safety? I don't know of any issues. I wouldn't hesitate to travel there with my family. Hundreds if not thousands of people make this trip every day.

This lovely hotel is right on the main plaza.
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by Talley Ho @, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 13:03 (101 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

You forgot to add "check the archives." :-D

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 13:26 (101 days ago) @ Talley Ho

You forgot to add "check the archives." :-D

Ha! That was my first thought but then I thought that's what I always say! Look at me trying to be unpredictable.
:brilliant:

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by JACK @, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 17:28 (101 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Like Trump? Hahaha!

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 15:51 (101 days ago) @ LoveIPA

If you have never been there, it's a experience. Our first time stayed at a B&B recommended from the Board and then was #1 on Trip Adviser. It's short walk from the square. Our 2nd trip stayed at 2 places because our first was closing. We stayed over by the aqueduct that was built to bring water from the mountains- was one of the first modern hotels in "Z". Our bath room had a huge shower. What was nice is they has a restaurant and staying there got a discount. There was a pedestrian walk way to a behind the hotel from the traffic circle. About a block away was a famous Catholic Church that had gold leaves in the ceiling- beautiful. Even though it was January, would open our double doors to a tiny balcony and watch the traffic.

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 17:20 (101 days ago) @ LoveIPA

We have stayed at Casona Rosa several times and we have always been very pleased. They can also arrange a driver to take you to the butterfly sanctuary. We have used Jesus Lopez several times for the butterflies and to the towns around Lake Patzcuaro. He’s excellent. The reservations person at Casona Rosacan set you up.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 17:49 (101 days ago) @ Fran

We have stayed at Casona Rosa several times and we have always been very pleased. They can also arrange a driver to take you to the butterfly sanctuary. We have used Jesus Lopez several times for the butterflies and to the towns around Lake Patzcuaro. He’s excellent. The reservations person at Casona Rosacan set you up.

I don't know if anything's changed, but when we stayed at Casona Rosa a few years back during this time of year there was no heating, and it was teeth-chattering cold. Maybe you snowbirds handle that better than we southerners do. :stirpot: ;-)

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 22:14 (100 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What? You can’t ask for another blanket?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 08:30 (99 days ago) @ Fran

What? You can’t ask for another blanket?

Ha! Funny girl! You should've seen me getting out of the shower all wet with teeth chattering for at least 5 minutes before I could utter a coherent word. My coconuts turned blue!

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Monday, January 14, 2019, 14:48 (97 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

...My coconuts turned blue!

Mustering all my willpower. I will not go there. I will not go there. Just don’t go there. Repeat.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Monday, January 14, 2019, 13:58 (97 days ago) @ Fran

Both times we went to Morelia, Jesu picked us up at the airport(was not suppose to because of the taxi union). We did not know that the Butterfly Reserve was closed in October. He gave us the best tour of the villages between Morelia and Patzquaro. He took us to a famous Mexican artist's home and studio- we met him and then his daughter gave us a tour of his studio in their home and her studio downstairs where she made designer purses(good thing we had very few pecos and she didn't take credit cards- cheapest was over $100.00). The villages were so interesting and each was different. The best part of the tour was going into the beautiful churches> Some had wood floors with crypts under the floor and others had tile. Found out later, the wooden floors were not helped to maintain by the State and was taken care of the villagers- the ones with tile got money from the State. His service was arranged by the B&B.

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by midalake @, Friday, January 11, 2019, 08:45 (100 days ago) @ LoveIPA

We are thinking of taking a few days and going to Morelia out of Ixtapa. Any recommendations on which bus service is best? Is it best to go during the weekend or weekends? We are thinking weekdays would be best. Any recommendations on places to stay and tour operators for a butterfly tour would also be appreciated. Also is there any updates on the travel safety?

Friends of mine just cancelled their trip due to the fuel crisis. Use caution right now.

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by LoveIPA, Friday, January 11, 2019, 09:06 (100 days ago) @ midalake

Thanks to everyone for all the info. The gas shortage could be an issue. We are thinking of going later this month so we will have to watch that situation.

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by Talley Ho @, Friday, January 11, 2019, 12:20 (100 days ago) @ LoveIPA

We went out Tuesday to have a little adventure and buy gas. We found no issues in this area what so ever. The three Pemex we saw on Hwy 200 were open, no lines, we filled up. The two in town were fine.

Fill up here, and again in Patzcuaro if necessary. There is bound to be a message board there that would say if there was a gas issue there.

The problem is very localized and supposedly limited to 6 states. Here is another link to a discussion of it:

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29817510.cfm

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by jaui @, Zihuatanejo, Friday, January 11, 2019, 23:38 (99 days ago) @ LoveIPA

1/11/2019

"We are thinking of taking a few days and going to Morelia out of Ixtapa. .....
Any recommendations on places to stay and tour operators for a butterfly tour would also be appreciated".....etc

@LoveIPA

I went to Morelia for medical reasons between 2010 -2016.
My favorite place is the TUROTEL.
I used to pay the equivalent to USD55.00 per night.
It seems to be well-maintained, room sizes are quite adequate and showers with excellent water pressure.
Location is on a main crossroad type intersection.
Although it is not in the heart of town, you can be there in 5 minutes.
All the local transportation such as "Urvans" are frequent and inexpensive.
The breakfast buffet is great with well-rounded healthy type food choices and was included in the nights lodging.

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jaui