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day trips from patzcuaro

our family will be spending two nights in patzcuaro at the end of december. We are wondering, other than soaking up the atmosphere, visiting the plazas and janitzio, what would you recommend we do if we hire a driver to take us somewhere nearbye on a day trip? Would it be too early to see the monarchs? do you think the villages around the lake or uruapan would be better? Our kids are 12 and 15, and are good sports in general.

Peddler, are you out there? how about anyone else.

Thanks, Eileen

Lewiston, California
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This is from my dear Amigo Frisco Juan


The guide we used was Marcia Parrino, who is fluent in English and Spanish. We spent 8 hours with her and we traveled far to the north-east of Patzcuaro searching out small villages where the most accomplished potters were to be found. Our day with Marcia last February was the best we have spent in Mexico in many years. Marcia is also very familiar with the mask makers of Tocuaro, which is on the western side of the lake. We chose not to visit Tocuaro again this last trip since we had been there the previous 2 years. We have always visited Felipe Horta, a very popular mask maker in Tocuaro.

Marcia's contact information:

e-mail mparrino@gmail.com

US phone in Patzcuaro 203-441-8308

Cell phone 434-100-5879

Home in Patzcuaro 342-7183

Have a great trip.


San Miguel de...
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Not long ago, many contributed to a nearly current list of all the wonderful artisanal pueblos, but the entire forum disappeared.

I'm not in to carved furniture, but there are many.

The copper in Sta. Clara del Cobre is great on the upper price end, but muy caro.

The masks in Tocauro (Felipe Horta on the R and the late Juan Orta just up the street on the L) are amazing.

Capula is a bit of a hike, but the Catrinas/Punticusmo at Casa Juan Torres are worth the trip.

Last visit a woman from Ajijic bought everything, but we did get to see most before it was packed for shipping to her customers in NYC who were paying 4 times what she was.

We'll be there in mid Dec on the way to Ixtapa with a good friend first time visitor, so looks like Capula and Tocauro will be our two stops.


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We are going to be in Patzcuaro with our two children (4 and 7) who are also good sports in April. Is it worth going to see the nearby pyramids and are there any good local walks to do? We have noted down the name of the guide for visiting local craft villages, which sounds great, but were wondering about other "out doorsy" activities.



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We are going to be in Patzcuaro for three days in early April (just after Easter) with our four and seven year olds, who are also good sports. Is it worth trying to see the pyramids/ruins that are not too far away or are there any local areas we can go walking/easy hiking? We have noted down Marcia details and this sounds like something wonderful to do.

Thanks in advance for all ideas/thoughts.


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