Now that I am working, traveling to my hometown has become a suicidal mission (14 hour buss ride… Its ridiculous to go only for a weekend 😦 ) so, when I realize I was going to have an entire week of vacations, I decided to dedicate a day to visit Pátzcuaro.
I’ve been in Pátzcuaro a lot of times, mostly with friends (since my father hate going). So this time I decided to try a different routine. I wanted to visit Hacienda Ucazanaztacua, which is an state built to be a boutique hotel with an incredible view to the Lago de Pátzcuaro (Patzcuaro Lake). In order to reach this place, you need to first arrive Pátzcuaro, and then round the lake visiting small towns. So, legally, this Hacienda is not located in Pátzcuaro, it is located in a really small town called Ucazanaztacua.
First of all, the road from Pátzcuaro to Ucazanaztacua is absolutely amazing because the road actually rounds the entire lake and it is very rural; there is a lot of agriculture around, it is really quite, non-trafic; you can smell wood burning from people in the zone making food. An then, after about 30 minutes of this lovely road, this spectacular view welcomed me:
The state itself is beautiful, even though it was build five years ago, owners used typical material from the area, such as adobe and wood. They also kept a rustic architecture, which is adequate for the zone. Hacienda Ucazanaztacua also have a big garden area right in front the magical Lago de Pátzcuaro. It is really an amazing view. At the lakeside, there is a small cottage which is actually a suite. Even this cottage looks really cute, I think I would be a little bit afraid to sleep there jaja.
While I was contemplating this beautiful cottage, some fishermen were actually fishing! I found this very convenient for my photo. This is a mythical image of Pátzcuaro: its fishermen with butterfly nets.
Hacienda Ucazanaztacua has many different cute spots. The small cottage of course was one of them but it also has a small bridge near the lake, colorful palm craft hanging from trees, fruit trees, woody flowers such as my beloved Bugambilia and actually a really strong of limon tea all over the place
We had breakfast at the Hacienda, in a beautiful table near the pool (which is also amazing because the sky perfectly reflects in it, like a mirror). I was very excited because of the dishes, they were typical from Michoacán, made of clay. Our breakfast consisted of: fruit and yogurt (yogurt was the best yogurt I have had), juice, coffee (served in a beautiful clay pot with a palm lug to prevent you from burning), an Uchepo (a typical dish from Michoacán made from sweetcorn, served with sour cream and Cotija Cheese), and the main dish was ranchero cheese in red sauce, served with mexican cramble eggs and beans. I know, for many of you who usually don’t have breaks, you must think we mexicans are crazy!
So after a delicious breakfast, we return to Pátzcuaro, pretty much to walk in the downtown and see what else could we eat. Our first stop was the obligated Nieve de Pasta at the portals of the main plaza: Vasco de Quiroga. I think most of us Michoacanos love this ice cream but we have absolutely no idea what is it made of.. even I didn’t know until I wrote this post. So, after a quick research through internet, I found that Nieve de Pasta is kind of a condensed milk ice cream, I believe it have also eggs, cinnamon and almonds. I haven’t taste an ice cream like this anywhere else than in Pátzcuaro.
After eating ice cream, we walk to the Iglesia El Sangrario y Hospital de Santa Marta, a very popular picture in Pátzcuaro. It’s a magical kind-of-barroque monument, build arround 1540 by Don Vasco de Quiroga (we owe a lot to this guy! I’ll explain in another post why).
Later, we walked to the Casa de los Once Patios (house of the Eleven Yards) which is an ex-convent of the Dominican Nuns, which originally had eleven yard; later on, the convent was modified to build kind of a road, a now only 5 yards remain. This house exhibits many crafts typical from Michoacán! Curiously, in this house I found en enormous Noche Buena (the flower, not the beer, jaja) and I took a photo so that you can appreciate how tall they can grow.
Also, there is something very peculiar with this magical Michoacán Village. All constructions are half red half white, and this is something that HAS to be done by law. I once read that this particular way of painting houses was because, in ancient times, when roads didn’t exists and there was a lot of mud, walls tend to be very dirty. Since mud in this area is really red (because is mainly clay), someone though it was a good idea to paint the bottom of the houses with this color, so the walls wont seem dirty (genious!).
And, after a long time not posting anything…here there is, an small bite of my beloved Michoacán! If you ever get the opportunity to go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I wrote this post mostly with my personal experience, or with histories I’ve heard from older people, but I’ll leave you some links below about information that may be helpful to you, if you are interested in visiting. 🙂
Links of interest
http://www.patzcuaro.org/ This site is a tourist-oriented site in which you’ll find info about Pátzcuaro an near places around, as well as information about events and accommodation.
http://www.visitmichoacan.com.mx/ This site is also very helpful, it is more oriented to what to se when visiting Michoacán. It has a lot of different routes and maps according to the region that you’ll like to visit.