Morelia, Mexico

Morelia is a modern city that retains its monuments and historic buildings combining fun and tradition

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About Morelia, Mexico

Morelia, capital of the state of Michoacan, is a colonial city funded in the 16th century and whose land saw the insurgent Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon being born, which is why in 1828 its name was changed from Valladolid to Morelia. This city is an example of urban planning, since its streets still preserve their original alignment.

The historic center of Morelia was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1991 because of its architectural treasures. It has over 1,000 historic buildings, both civil and religious, that exhibit a beautiful combination of Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements, built with the characteristic pink quarry stone. Among the buildings that comprise it are Clavijero Palace, the City Hall, Morelia Cathedral, and Templo y Exconvento del Carmen, with its three domes. The Tarascas Fountain, a modern landmark, represents three indigenous women holding a large tray with regional fruits. At night you can see 39 of the main buildings of this area fully illuminated, as well as the downtown area, declared City of Light of Latin America. The Aqueduct, a symbol of Morelia, features 253 baroque arches and it is one of the most beautiful aqueducts in Mexico. In was first made of wood and it used to bring drinking water to the city.

In addition to its historic monuments, Morelia has natural areas to enjoy outdoor activities, including the Zoo of Morelia, where you can see 535 species of animals, or Parque Infantil 150, with fun for your children. You can also visit plenty of museums, a planetarium and several parks. 

There are many places in the vicinity of Morelia that are worth visiting, as Tarimbaro, a municipality located 13 kilometers (8 mi) away, famous for its production of pulque and whose fair of this spirited beverage is held in February, as well as Festival de los Toritos de Petate, with a parade of colorful adorned figures. Within 23 kilometers (14 mi) is Morelos National Park, a wooded area with creeks, ideal for camping. You cannot miss the magic town of Cuitzeo del Porvenir, 34 kilometers (21 mi) from Morelia, where you will find Convento Agustino de Santa Maria de Magdalena, the lake of Cuitzeo, and the Tres Cerritos Archaeological Site, 5 kilometers (3 mi) away.

If you are in this city between November and March, a tour that you must take is a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, where you will see millions of bright orange butterflies covering the trees and flying around, creating a majestic natural spectacle.

During your visit to this city you can enjoy different traditional festivities, such as the Procession of silence on Good Friday and the Birth of Morelos on September 30; or cultural events such as the famous Jazztival in late March, that presents the best Mexican, latino, and European jazz; the International Guitar Festival, in early April and the well-known Morelia International Film Festival in October or November.

The cuisine of Morelia was taken as the basis for Mexican cuisine and was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO; you can try these delicacies in the historic center, the Candy and Crafts Market and San Juan Market.

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