San Pancho Church, Zitácuaro
Starting at the Hotel Rancho San Cayetano, there is a very pleasant afternoon’s walk to the Iglesia de San Pancho, the first church built in the state of Michoacán at the beginning of 1535.
San Felipe Church, Zitácuaro
As we walk to the south, we will come across the beautiful, one-hundred meter waterfall known as Enandio. A little further on is the 17th century San Felipe church with its monolithic atrial cross, and the altarpiece in the Capilla de la Candelaria, both of which are fascinating.
The archeological site of San Felipe de los Alzati
The ceremonial center of the Otomí with its two well-conserved pyramids; there is also Angangueo where you can visit the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción.
For lovers of medicinal baths, there is Los Azufres, an area with hot springs that vary in temperature between 21°C and 82°C. There is also the Agua Blanca spa in Jungapeo. To the north is located Tlalpujahua "magical village" with its 18th century Parroquia de la Virgen del Carmen, the 16th century Ex-convento de San Francisco, the Museo Hermanos Rayón and the place where they make the shiny baubles for Christmas trees by hand. A great souvenir for the Christmas season!
Monarch butterfly sanctuary
The Monarch butterfly sanctuary, a major excursion given the extraordinary, unforgettable spectacle of nature it presents.
And finally, a Mazahua village where you can familiarize yourself with the local customs and handicrafts and where we will also try the hand-made tortillas, beans and sauces (by prior arrangement). There is another natural winged spectacle: the Tziranda bat caves, where you can see a wide variety of stalagmites and stalactites.
Zitácuaro lies in the great Oyamel or Sacred Fir forest, where every winter up to twenty million Monarch butterflies arrive to breed after a journey of more than 5,000 kilometers. Visiting the butterfly sanctuary is a unique experience. Originally the forest was inhabited by four different ethnic groups: The Otomí, the Mazahua, the Matlatzinca and the Tarascans. So when you go there, do not miss the archeological sites or the villages where they still practice the weaving techniques of the Mazahua.