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Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

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Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

About 20 minutes from Patzcuaro is the Tzintzuntzan Archeological Site, which was built by the native peoples of the region, the Purépechas around 1200 AD. The name Tzintzuntzan means ‘place of the hummingbirds’. The ruins consist of five ceremonial temples with circular, terraced platforms. The Purépechas were a community of Native Americans who were the only ones who stood up to the Aztecs and were not defeated. Until the arrival...

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Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

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Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

Our next stop is Jenitzio Island, with its monumental statue of José Maria Morelos, a leader of Mexican independence, at the top of the hill. The inclined streets are lined with handicraft stores and restaurants. We climb the steep hillside and at the top is the huge statue of Morelos made of stone bricks. Within the statue are paintings by Ramon Alba de la Canal and other great Mexican muralists...

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Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

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Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

After spending a couple of hours at the butterfly site, we head back, each of us having been touched by the wonder and spirituality of this experience. While we will always cherish this experience, our thoughts and prayers today were also with the local people of nearby villages who have been devastated by the recent floods and mudslide. These local folks depend on this ecotourism for their livelihood, which provides...

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Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

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Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

So, on Day 2 instead of visiting the Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary we detoured to Tlalpujahua on the outskirts of the sanctuary in the Tansvolcanic Mountains of Central Mexico. The 2.5 hour drive from Morelia brought us to the quaint town of Tlalpujahua with narrow streets paved in cobblestones. On either side, the colorful buildings, large plazas and cathedrals are reminiscent of days bygone. Of horticultural interest were the strawberry farms...

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