More often than not, things to see and/or do, especially something new, are at the top of any vacation to-do list, especially when vacationing in a foreign land. What natural wonders or man-made monuments might there be to see? What fun and exciting local festivals might there be to attend? Where are the best places to find the best local cuisine; or, if you’re not adventurous enough to try new and exotic foods, where might you find a little home style cooking? Where might be the best place to spend a night or a week? All of these are important questions; but, which answers are important to have before you travel, and which are best answered when you arrive? Read along for the best attractions, food, and lodging to be had in Morelia, Mexico.
Though all of a uniform pink color, from the stones with which they were built, the historical buildings in Morelia’s historical center range in the styles of the periods is which they were built. There are cathedrals and palaces from the 18th century, plazas along sloping streets that were designed in the 16th century, colonial era buildings from the 1800’s, and beautiful monasteries built as early as 1619. When the streets of the original city were planned out, there made to be extra wide instead of in the style of the time period; this layout would allow for future expansion of the city without threatening the layout of the original settlement. Though many of the cities historical buildings are now private mansions, some are currently used as government offices while others have been turned into museums.
Depending on the season, Morelia hosts an array of local festivals celebrating the history and culture of the city and its residents. There is an international music festival held each year in November, featuring concerts given by over 500 artists ranging from solo instrumentals to full choirs and orchestras. The festival is sponsored by both private and government funding, and spotlights a different visiting country each year. In March, there is a three day salsa festival during which competitors from all over Mexico dance their best to win prizes. Every spring there is a gathering held, more a political event then a festival, to educate people about lower social classes and encourage political involvement in artistic and cultural organizations around the state. Zapata Vive Morelia Festival also celebrates the life and political achievements of Emiliano Zapata.
If authenticity is on the menu, search no further than the culinary ingenuity of local cooks. Mixing the indigenous styles with those brought from Spain, dishes are typically a combination of flavors from the two countries. There are various shops and cafes around the city center that offer an array of tasty foods: uchepos, which are corn tamales; atapakuas, a meat and cheese salsa; and even various candies such as guava rolls, coated fruits, custards, cakes and to many sugary sweets to name.
There is a Monarch Butterfly migration that brings billions of butterflies nearly three thousand miles south from Canada. Get up close and personal with thousands of floral and animal species, check out the on site museums, and relax in the natural beauty of the grounds at the Benito Juarez Zoological Park. One can also view the ancient remains of cultures long gone at nearby Lake Patzcuaro, or take a moment to stare at the stars on a cool summer night.
With a variety of hotels available, visitors are certain to find one to accommodate any taste and comfort level. From four and five star hotels such as the Hotel de la Soledad and Hotel Casa de Anticuario, to low key resorts like the Villa Montana Hotel and Spa, visitors are sure to feel at home in the city.
Vacations are a chance to leave behind all the aggravations and stressors of every day life. What better place to rest body, mind and soul then Morelia, Mexico?