The serenity of the future

Cuitzeo is a smiling town settled on the banks of the lake with which it shares its name, only 30 kilometers from the capital city of Michoacán.

This place goes back to a past Teotihuacan, Toltec and Purépecha, reflection of it is its name: "Cuiseo", which means jar and water or "place of jars of water".

Discover the diversity of fauna in its aquatic landscape. In a moment, he loses his sight when contemplating the routine flight of the resident and migratory birds, perceives the secret fragrance of his aquatic plants, that are source of the crafts in tule; such as mats, baskets, baskets and hats.

Once finished your contemplation of the blue reflection of the sky, walk calmly to the town and admire the simplicity of its urban layout. Typical Michoacan rural architecture, with white houses and red tile roofs.

A good starting point for your journey through its cobbled streets is the Plaza Principal, perfect to contemplate everyday life with slow serenity, under the warm shade provided by its trees.

Then head to the Ex-convent of Santa María Magdalena, an imposing building of the sixteenth century and one of the best preserved of its kind in the whole country. Inside, the stillness of space will make you understand why it is described as inviting reflection and silence.

Going a little further, visit the archaeological site of Tres Cerritos, whose architectural elements are reminiscent of Teotihuacán and, according to historians, it was abandoned for reasons that we may never know.

Cuitzeo is a place of tremendous placidity, where closing your eyes and letting the gentle murmur of the water soothe and invite your dreams is only part of the trip ... Come and listen to the song of the birds!

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Saint Mary Magdalene Temple and Ex Monastery It was built by the Augustinian friars in the sixteenth century. This marvelous building houses also the Holy Card Museum.
  • Temple of the Franciscan Hospital Built in the eighteenth century, It is also known as the "Little hospital."
  • Cuitzeo Lake This is the second largest lake in whole Mexico, only after Chapala Lake. It is crossed in the middle by a four kilometers road, offering to the travelers a majestic view!
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of Our Lady of the Conception It takes place from February 19th to 21st. Most of the streets are filled then with religious processions and other folkloric activities.
  • Incorporation of the Hispanic Culture This cultural event takes place from October 31st to November 2nd, Day of Dead in whole Mexico.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Mole sauce with turkey meat
  • Corundas A kind of tamal with triangular form made of corn dough and wrapped up with corn leaves.
  • Uchepos Another kind of tamal, but this one is sweet and very soft since it is made with baby corns.
  • Boiled or roasted corn
  • Pumpkin candies
  • Pulque This alcoholic beverage is produced with the same nectar of the cactus that tequila comes from, but it is not yet distilled.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The name of this Magic Town comes from the Tarasco Word "cuiseo," which means "place of clay jars."
  • In some documents of the sixteenth century, the name of "Cuitzeo" is written for the first time in our alphabet .
  • In 1861, the count seat of this municipality was named Villa de Cuitzeo del Porvenir (Cuitzeo Villa of the Future).

Popular Craft

  • Rugs, baskets and other handicrafts made with the natural fiber of the plants that grow on the lakeshore.
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