Its name means smoky place. This is a beautiful lake surrounded by pine forests and live oaks about 20 minutes from Pátzcuaro, following the road to Uruapan and taking the detour to Zirahuen. An old legend says that this small lake is inhabited by the princess Zirahuén, who committed suicide because her father forbid her to marry to her beloved, and since then any man who enters its waters runs the risk of drowningtrapped by the princess, who still waits for her love. Anyway, it is not recommended to swim here, because the water is very cold and deep in some places. If you must, be sure to ask first if it is possible and where is a good place. The crafts production of the area is specialized in carved wood, decorated with floral themes. Also made are kitchen tools such as spoons, forks, spatulas, scoops and other utensils.
Exactly halfway between Pátzcuaro and Uruapan is Tingambato. Its old name was Tinganio meaning place where the climate changes, and here is where begins the warm earth. Approximately 25 km. from Pátzcuaro you will see a sign to the archaeological zone. You will have to enter town, park near a school and then continue on foot about 500 meters through avocado orchards until you arrive at the pyramids. These ruins have an impressive resemblance in structure and placement (if not size) to the Teotihuacan pyramids in the state of México. However, it is still not known to which culture these belong, because there dont exist any inscriptions or vestiges of who inhabited the place. There is also a ball court and a ceremonial tomb whose interior was sealed with a mixture of mud and cows blood. It is a very small place, but it deserves to be visited.
Approximately 60 km. from Pátzcuaro is Uruapan, meaning place of eternal spring. It is a city that can be proud of being the most important avocado growing region in the world and of having great natural beauty. A peculiarity of this place is that in one direction is found vegetation characteristic of the mountains, such as different varieties of pine, but in the other direction, corresponding to the warm earth , are coconut palms and banana trees and other jungle plants. It is recommended to visit the national park in town, a place of extreme beauty and abundant vegetation, through which passes the Cupatitzio River (river that sings), whose source is known as the devils knee. Another place to visit is the Huatápera, a hospital annexed to the convent of San Francisco and in which is now housed the Museum of Popular Arts. Here you can find and acquire great variety of fine handicrafts characteristic of the region, including trays, masks and other commodities made of wood and finished with beautiful and colorful drawings on a lacquer base (vegetable or mineral powder mixed with wax oil and applied by hand), shawls of Aranza woven by hand in a great variety of designs and materials, and many other attractive products.
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