Patzcuaro  at 2150 meters, 5 hours by bus from Mexico City, is little changed from the colonial times – every building red and white adobe, all red terracotta tiled roofs, many plazas and churches and no graffiti. It has successfully blended its indigenous and colonial roots, truly a Pueblo Magico.
At this time of year the plazas are packed with craft stalls featuring the local handicrafts; all excellent and unbelievably cheap. Nights are filled with music from Spanish guitar to mariachi to Santana style rock.
Our Patzcuaro photos from 2011 are here.
Patzcuaro has the most elaborate Day of the Dead commemorations in Mexico
Sugar skulls, hand decorated on sale for Day of the Dead
Chocolate skulls made from local chocolate
Our Altar for Day of the Dead ...
... in our apartment 10 minutes walk from the center of Patzcuaro
Library at Patzcuaro, originally an Augustinian Convent (1576)
Being serenaded ...
... whilst watching the sunset
Templo El Santuario at sunset
Great street food in Patzcuaro - chicken enchiladas
Pam tries sweet potato soaked in honey sauce
Tortillas made by hand from black corn dough
Trick or Treat on the streets of Patzcuaro
Patzcuaro flower market
Marigolds by the lorry load for Day of the Dead ornaments
Shop window decorated for Day of the Dead
Offerings are laid out for the dead