magic around the lake

morning traffic

It has been a pleasant (and later research revealed, a historically fascinating) 5 day ride from Guanaguato to Morelia. Chris and I chose a southwestern route towards and around the Lago (lake) de Pazcuaro. Unfortunately, our delightful friend, Pablo, had to take off a day ahead to get to Mexico City. Hopefully I will see Pablo down the road, so I can return him his spoon…

Corralejo Hidalgo Monument in Pénjamo- In the small town plaza is a monument commemorating the birth in that place from the "Father of the Nation."

On the second day, we stumbled upon a Tequila Corralejo distillery Hacienda Corralejo. We saw a museum of ancient artifacts, a Hall of 3,000 drink beverages, and the whole estate was an impressive and pretty place.

We were invited in, for free!

The courtyard of the tequila distillery

Agave being processed

cast iron operations

"The Museum of Wine and Bottle," which for its wide variety (3,000) of alcoholic beverages is the largest in Mexico.

Collection of vintage soda cans

...and other random collections...

...and typewriters?



At the end of day two, we camped in a park, because we couldn’t locate a renegade camp site. The people in the park greeted us to stay there. The park overseer gave us soda and water. Another guy offered us food from his family’s pick-nick. He and his friend brought us steak, beans, and corn tortillas. They said they were happy to feed us and welcome us as new friends- so sweet!

Our friends who bring us dinner in the park! 🙂

Our route continued to took us through pueblos through agriculture countryside. The temperatures have become noticeably warmer- even a little too hot, mid-day. By day 3 we had climbed the mountains of Morelia to get to the lake.

Lago de Pazcuaro- The natives believe that the lake is the place where the barrier between life and death is the thinnest.

The lake side villages were very relaxed and non-touristic. One of them was Erongaricuaro, where notable folks like Lázaro Cárdenas, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, resided. Our favorite was the city, Patzcuaro-well known for “Day of the Dead” celebrations. To our surprize, there were many people out in the centro, shopping and walking about. The buildings are colonial and indigenous. The cobblestone streets are filled with vendors selling their crafts of woven baskets, woodcarvings, tamales, and other wonderful things.

Patzcuaro has been named both a "Pueblo Magico" and one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations.


artisan wood crafts

The lovely plaza of Patzcuro

We completed a ride around the lake in two days. The 5th day, we arrived in Morelia. Just before entering the city, we stopped at a gas station to dry our tents in the sun. Manuel, a gas station worker, chatted with us, and was kind to offer us to buy us juice and snacks for the road.

Chris and Manuel

Morelia is a impressive city of grand colonial structures and massive cathedrals. Chris and I enjoyed a night walk around the city’s center. We checked out bohemian vendors, sampled at candy shops, and watched street performance comedy.

The garden center of our hotel, in Morelia

The cathedral at night

Amazing work by local artist

These street performing clowns caught me taking photos, so they posed for me.

Finally, I’m happy to announce that my new stove is so wonderful! I am able to cook banana pancakes with nutella. Again, I must thank my good friends from Sacramento- Vicente and Lorenzo!!!

MMMMMMMMM!!!!

Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time!

paz y realization ❤

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