We visited here while driving between Morelia and Patzcuaro. It was easy to find and easily accessible on a good paved road. We were hungry when we arrived so we had an excellent three course comida corrida at the hotel on the main square. Sitting outside enjoying the view we all had an excellent Sopa Tarasca, a good crisp green salad and then we all had a different main course, pork chops, chicken en mole and enchiladas. All meals were excellent, the price incredible, and their cafe de olla flavoured with cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of sugar was divine.
Then fortified with nourishment we went exploring for the copper the town is famous for. All around the square there are many shops selling a variety of things made from copper - even the kitchen sink - really! One shop had a model kitchen in one corner displaying almost any kitchen item you could ever need all done in copper - including the sink and drain board! I fell in love with a huge copper bathtub - but it was out of budget and too big to fit in the Cherokee. As we explored the different shops a fellow came by with a flyer inviting us to a demonstration of how they work the copper. Since it was located close by, in a shop/workshop located just up and around the corner from the main square, how could we resist?
The copper artisans showed us how they start with a lump of copper and by firing it and hammering it several times and using different hammers they turn that lump of copper into a glistening copper pot. Quite fascinating. They also told us that the copper mines in the area are no longer in production so they are making all new items from recycled copper.
If you are in the area and you like copper don't miss Santa Clara del Cobre.