Jardin Morelos (Morelos Garden)
Favorite thing: This small square is located towards the north east of downtown, where Ave. Acueducto and Ave. Ventura Puente meet. It is dedicated to our Independence fight hero, Jose Maria Morelos (whom the city was named after, too) and this is why there is a huge statue of him riding a horse in the middle of the square.
It is a rather quiet place since it's not too close to downtown. It's a nice spot to walk and relax while you admire the buildings & aqueduct around it. It is also across the street from Bosque Cuauhtemoc, which is the biggest park/garden in town (which is not very well maintained, I must say). This is rather a residential area with a few hotels in the surroundings. In fact I once stayed at the Plaza Morelos hotel right next to the square (please see my hotel tips) from which you have a great view of the garden & aqueduct. There's also an ice cream parlor across the street, and a few blocks away towards the east there's a sort of market/food court called "La (Inmaculada) Concepcion" (or "La Conchita") where they sell typical food at night (for dinner).
Favorite thing: This is the headquarters of the State government (Morelia is the capital or the state of Michoacan, so the governor works here). On the lower right corner of the picture you can also see a Tourist information booth, a little tram car that tours the downtown area and a tiny police car that also patrols the area and can aid tourists should they need it.
Fondest memory: Located on Madero avenue, across the street from the Cathedral.
A great view of the city
Favorite thing: The Santa Maria hill is located in the eastern side of town and was deserted some 15-20 years ago. Now it's full of buildings, schools, houses, a few small expensive hotels, etc. This is known for being one of the nicest and most "chic" zones in town: you can find some big and elegant houses spread on the hill, and they are EXPENSIVE. This is where my parents owned their piece of land many years ago: if they still had it and we sold it now we would be rich, LOL. The trading value of this area has raised more and more as years have gone by.
On the top of this hill there is a little area where you can stop by and admire the entire city from above: you can spot this mirador from the foot of the hill as there is a huge Mexican flag in this place. This hill is where we (my family and I) used to witness how much Morelia was growing: it has gotten really extended as you may see in the picture. The view is gorgeous and this place is still peaceful, so you can spend a while relaxing while admiring the panorama.
Although the zone has been arranged for this purpose (sightseeing), the road that leads to it isn't very well traced (i.e. there are barely any signals), so if you're driving uphill try to always keep your left wherever the road splits. Eventually the road will take you there. Then you will find your way down without a lot of problem. In any case, you can always take a taxi and they will certainly know how to get there. There's a parking area where you can drop your car and then walk a few steps to reach the sightseeing area. Be careful when driving on this road though: it's very windy and, when going downhill, you can reach high speeds! ;-)
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The 'Tarascas' Fountain
Favorite thing: This is the symbol of the city. It is located in the intersection of 2 of the most important avenues in town, and not very far away from downtown. Right in front of the Acueducto, it shows 3 Tarasco women (this is an indian group which inhabited the zone many centuries ago) holding a big basket above their heads. There is a nice little park next to it and the general view is really lovely.
One of the streets meeting here (Francisco I. Madero) will take you directly to the very heart of town, right in front of the Cathedral, the handcrafts market, and many other attractions. And right in front of the fountain on this same street there's an ice cream shop where you can buy some very nice lemon popsicles -- they were YUMMY on a sunny day! The other street runs along the Acueducto towards the east.
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Favorite thing: http://visitmorelia.com/english/index.asp
Lots of information about Morelia - hotels, restaurants, festivals, museums, theater, etc.
List of boutique hotels and upscale restaurants in and around Morelia.
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