THERE IS STILL MORE...
INNS OF PÁTZCUARO
There still exist in this city various mesones (inns) that provided lodging for travelers and their horses, and many are well worth a visit. For example Mesón del Retoño (Inn of the Sprout), located on the old Royal Street, which is today called General Serrato. On this same street also is found the Mesón del Salvador and the Mesón de San Antonio. Another is found in Dr. Coss street, now converted into the hotel Mesón del Gallo.
Market days are the Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Thursday market is mayoreo (wholesale) and many of the dealers come to sell their commodities from the region known as tierra caliente (warm earth) and from the center of the republic, and to the Friday is the most important day and the most colorful, because inhabitants of all the mountain villages and of the lacustrine region gather to sell their goods. These include the five species of fish that inhabit the lake, cheeses, a great variety of seasonal fruit, hand-made tortillas, greens and legumes, seeds, candles, flowers, cord wood, large baskets, straw mats, wooden furniture, firewood, molcajetes (mortar and pestle) made of volcanic stone, and much more.
MERCADO SAN FRANCISCO
The Plaza San Francisco market day deserves a special mention. Each Friday the inhabitants of various towns of the region and of the state converge to sell flowers, plants, large baskets, tools, brightly colored ceramics, all of which can be purchased at reasonable prices and all of which can be difficult to find elsewhere.
This is the name given to the mirador (scenic overlook) located on part of what is now an extinct volcano. It is accessible by a stone-paved path. From this mirador its possible to have an impressive panoramic view of the city and Lake Pátzcuaro. There is also a long set of stone stairs to the upper part of the crater.
(THE SMALL STIRRUP)
Another mirador located at less height and the cerro colorado (red hill). It is accessible by a stone-paved path. There you can see a wonderful view of the lake from a different angle.
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