Michoacan has great colonial cities, ancient crafts and spectacular natural events. In Sierra Chincua 40 million butterflies sleep on top of each other in the Winter to save energy. In Spring they wake up and mate. All males die after mating. Females travel 3000 miles back to Canada to drop their eggs and also die. This alone is worth a visit!
Morelia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 1000 historic buildings. At Villa Montana’ spa compulsive travelers can de-stress with a special chocolate bath. Anyone looking for a mate hangs an image of St. Anthony upside down at El Miguelito restaurant until a mate is found. This is one of the best social scenes in town.
Street food in Michoacan is exceptional: Gazpacho a meal of chopped fruit and vegetables with hot sauce topped with chunks of cheese is everyone’s favorite.
Pazcuaro is renowned for its crafts. Mario makes wooden bowls the ancient way using only colors from local ingredients. It takes one liter of cow’s urine, 1000 ladybugs, 50 tortillas, 200 worms, 10 pounds of cheese and 2 years of Mario’s work to finish his bowls selling for $5,000!
The Michoacan Pacific coast is dramatic and spectacular: Hawaii with no tourists.
Endangered turtles travel thousands of miles to mate and bury their eggs here. Forty years ago, poachers raided these beaches until an ancient tribe called the Nagua, became guardian of the turtles. At night we follow the turtles laying the eggs which are brought to a safe compound. Eggs buried 45 days ago are hatching. Hundreds of black turtles energetic with life are brought to the beach. The moon points them to the water. Michoacan is a magical place!
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