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Santa Clara del Cobre

Patzcuaro 61800, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Patzcuaro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Town known for its copper craftsmanship.
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Copper, copper everywhere. Had a working demonstration of the copper making process. Beautiful things to buy. Nice plaza. Very busy during Noche de los Muertos weekend.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Copper is the name of the game in this tiny town. It is worth the visit to go from factory to factory to learn how the artisans bring copper to artful pieces ranging from ¡dishes, plates, vases, etc. There is even a live "show" where they teach you how copper is worked. It is a nice visit. For Lunch I... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It is nice to find almost anything made in copper at Santa Clara, since the local craftsmen are well known as talented people doing it from prehispanic times. Is was not an accident that back to 1968, the Olimpic games in Mexico, these people were chosen to manufacture the olimpic fire basin, all made of copper, of course!

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117 reviews 117 reviews
31 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We travelled from Patzcuaro by bus (14 pesos) for an afternoon visit to this town. The museum is a nice place to visit and there are a number of stores selling all sorts of copper products. As we were travelling light, we only bought earrings and bracelets, and the prices were incredibly low for such beautiful things. Saw the same... More

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Ajijic, Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Santa Clara del Cobre has been a stop of mine for the past 4 years. The merchants are varied and offer a range of quality items, from the mass produced trinkets to the one of a kind pieces of sculptured copper. As usual, I bought more than the one I planned on buying. The tourist trade is very slow; the... More

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Zihuatanejo, Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The surroundings of Santa Clara and Patzcuaro very much worth the trip for sight seeing, enjoy also the local gourmet and colors.

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Central Vermont
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A charming Mexican village with the traditional public square surrounded by shops with exquisite copper art and wares. It’s a lovely ½ day trip from Patzcuaro. We bought several hand hammered cooking pots 8-10 inches round for about $8 US, a cover for a Bic lighter, hand hammered for $4 US and a handmade copper tile of a dragonfly for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Just 3h 36 min from Zihuatanejo and one of many Magical towns around Patzcuaro. If you can take the time to visit and enjoy the Purepecha culture and the colonial feeling of the town.

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Washington State
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We caught a local "combi" bus (9 pesos) to Santa Clara del Cobre.from Patzcuaro. There are several local workshops where they are still making the copper items in the traditional way, entirely by hand, no machines. They heat the copper on open fires & hammer it into shapes that range from simple & functional to absolutely astounding. Check out the... More

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Victoria, B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Each year we make a trip from the beach town we live in up through Guadalajara and over to Morelia, settle into Patzcuaro and eventually, make the 20 minute trip to Santa Clara del Cobre. The drive is scenic, easy and safe. Santa Clara is one of the many unique artisan pueblos in the Patzcuaro area that have developed their... More

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