Morelia questions

by locahermanas @, Minnesota, Monday, January 24, 2011, 08:28 (2460 days ago)

Buenos dias all,
We'll be making a trip up to Morelia in mid-February and I have a couple of questions that some might be able to answer. I've read the archives for some background, but need more recent experiences.
So, is it better to book the bus tickets (non-stop) on-line or just get them at the bus station in Zihua? When we arrive in Morelia, we'll be taking a cab to our hotel near the catedral. Is there a set rate for the taxi or do we establish a price before we get in?
We'll only be there for 2 nights, before moving on to see the butterflies. What do you consider a "must do" other than seeing the lighting of the catedral on Sabado?
Gracias por todo y viva Mexico!

Morelia questions

by Edwardo, Monday, January 24, 2011, 11:09 (2460 days ago) @ locahermanas

Take the trolly. You will see many sites for $12.00 and learn a lot. You will also see much of the town and can go back to where you want to spend some time or eat ect.....

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by DundasMike, Monday, January 24, 2011, 13:34 (2460 days ago) @ locahermanas

We bought our bus tickets from the bus station the day prior to our journey. There are different long-distance bus lines that have their own locations but are in the same general area. Not all of the bus lines go to Morelia therefore we sussed it out the day before and travelled on Parhikuni.

When you arrive in Morelia there is a Taxi Desk near to the main exit from the bus station where you buy a ticket that is priced according to your destination. Walk outside and give the ticket to the first taxi in line. They are right outside the door and will be waiting to take your ticket.

In Morelia we enjoyed the walk (or you can take a taxi) to Fuenta De Las Tarascas, about 1 Km East of the Cathedral. From there we walked along Fray Antonio de San Miguel, a pedestrian walkway that leads directly to the Sanctuario De Guadalupe in Plaza Morelos. The walk from the fountain is parrallel to the Aquaduct which is very impressive when lit up in the early evening. You can also tour the Sanctuario.

As a suggestion for dinner: Fonda Las Mercedes on Calle Leon Guzman. About five short blocks West of the Cathedral. (Easily walkable) The building is very interesting (make sure to have a good mooch around the different areas and take your camera) and the food was good and reasonably priced.

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by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Monday, January 24, 2011, 15:04 (2460 days ago) @ DundasMike

I would definitely recommend a walk from the cathedral to Plaza Valladolid, maybe check out the museum there, then continue along the main road (Avenida Madero) to the Tarascas, a quick walk around Plaza Villalongin, this is where the aquaduct starts, then up the calzada there as suggested to Plaza Morelos, and then across the street again back to the other side of Madero avenue for a quick walk through the Bosque Chapultepec. And then on the way back, a quick detour off Madero past the other little plaza there, across from a cafe called Rincon de Los Sentidos, and then back to the main cathedral area. From there you can go the other way along Madero, to the Mercado de los dulces. Then from there past the music conservatory to Plaza de las Rosas, and then back to the Plaza Melchor Ocampo.

I would recommend walking this route. It isn't actually very far, because it is all right there in the core Centro Historico area. If I recall correctly, the cathedral to Plaza Morelos is about 25 minutes walking, so you could easily do this whole walk in two hours if you didn't stop much. But if you stop to sit in the plazas or cafes, or go into the shops, etc., then it could easily be a half day outing. My favourite bar/restaurant in the centro historico area was Onix, on the main plaza, beside burger king. I also really liked the little cafes on Plaza de las Rosas.

I also think the flag monument lookout is pretty neat, up in Santa Maria, but if you only have two nights, I'm not sure if it is the best thing to do. I would probably take someone up there if they were in town for two or three days, but if you have to take a taxi and have nothing else to do in Santa Maria, then it might not be worth it.

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by mrsmcford @, Kailua Kona, HI, Monday, January 24, 2011, 15:12 (2460 days ago) @ locahermanas

Morelia is a beautiful city and I bet you will wish you were staying more than 2 days. I always like to visit the Ex Convent Franciso. As well as being a beautiful and elegant historic building, it also has an artisans market with examples from all over Michoacan. I love to sit in the portales on the Plaza de Armas, across from the Cathedral and watch the world go by. The restaurant of the Best Western Casino Hotel does great Chilaquiles. Or coffee on the Portale of the Virrey de Mendoza Hotel (be sure to have a look inside too). The Jardin de las Rosas has alfresco dining, very lovely. Fonda Mercedes is good as is Restaurant San Miguilito (need to take a cab)but only about 35 or 40 pesos. Just walking and shopping (and did I say Eating ??) is enough to keep me busy all day. Enjoy !!

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Monday, January 24, 2011, 15:32 (2460 days ago) @ locahermanas

Can't help with the transportation, but there's a museum worth visiting near the cathedral as well as a couple of shops that sell some lovely arts and crafts made in Michoacan in the same area. I'm sure your hotel can point you in the right direction. On the weekends there's a painter who sets up his work behind the news stand across from the cathedral. He has some kind of a spastic disorder, sits in a wheelchair and paints by holding the brush in his mouth. He has a great sense of color and composition. I bought one of his paintings a couple of years ago and look forward to doing so again in the furure.

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by locahermanas @, Minnesota, Monday, January 24, 2011, 16:09 (2459 days ago) @ frostbite

Thanks for taking time to post. This is great info, and yes, I probably will regret not taking more time to see and wander more.

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by mica, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 14:32 (2457 days ago) @ locahermanas

Go visit Santa Clara De Cobre, The copper capital of mexico its like 45 min from morelia its awsome. also go to the corner bar (the fishing hole)on like fri ask for edgar someone there will know who he is. He is a tour guide that comes from morelia to Z every weekend and a really nice guy!

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by locahermanas @, Minnesota, Thursday, January 27, 2011, 15:02 (2457 days ago) @ mica

Is this Edgar in Morelia or where? We are planning on visiting Santa Clara de Cobre and I'm starting to get really excited about the whole trip - sites to see, people to meet, food to eat, and hopefully NO SNOW.