Templo de Guadalupe
This church isn't located in the downtown area so it's easy to miss it, but if you join a guided tour they will most probably bring you here. I personally had visited Morelia tons of times and even visited some friends who lived a few blocks away from the church several times, but my parents NEVER visited it.... amazing what we had missed out on!
I didn't know this church existed until one of my last trips. I had even stayed at a hotel next to the Acueducto (the church is a block away from it too) but didn't know it was there. So during one of my last trips I took my sweetheart to stroll around the Acueducto area and we found it. I was in awe when I saw it: it is so wonderfully decorated, you can't even imagine what it looks like when you see it from the outside. The decoration was made by local craftsmen with clay painted with very vivid tones. It really is a beautiful place that you should see.
The guided tours that you can hire in the main square in downtown (which give you a tour of the downtown & Acueducto area in a trolley car) will take you here. On my last trip we took this tour (with my sister in law and husband) and we had the opportunity of visiting this wonderful church again and making some good pictures of it.
- Religious Travel
Walk along the rail...
Yes, there is a railway station in Morelia, in the southeast of downtown.If you look at the map, you will know that Morelia is surrounded ny the railway and a river. The railway was built along the river. Take a stroll in a sunny afternoon along the railway, there are many surprises waiting for you....
Monarch butterflie, pt. 1....
I did an all day excursion (400.00) to the monarch butterfly preserve in El Rosario. Seven of us departed Morelia with Luis Miguel around 9 am and drove for about 2 hours through the Michoacan countryside, which is beautiful. Green fields - pear and apple tree groves, newly planted agave, shallow lakes. The hike into the mountains starts at a village that has numerous small rest-aurants and stores. The hike takes about 1 1/2 hours to get to the main viewing area - the air does get thinner as you hike upward through the forest. Along the way Luis told the migration pattern, the theories and the folklore associated with the monarch butterflies. The butterfly nucleus drifts, and expands on the mountain side according to weather conditions. You cannot walk underneath the huge mass of butterflies clinging to the trees anymore - however, Luis did bring some high powered binoculars which allowed for incredible viewing. Also, when the sun went behind clouds, the air was filled with monarch butterflies fluttering about everywhere. Personally - I found the experience moving - it almost felt like a pilgrimage, the forest lending a cathedral like quality, the migration of millions of monarchs from Canada to Mexico for thousands of years - a rewarding experience. If you choose to do the butterfly excursion - I really recommend Luis - the group size was intimate, he is extremely knowledgeable and personable - just a satisfying experience. His company also offer tours of Morelia and surrounding environs.
feel the romantic atmosphere ....
I hit this place called " CALLEJON DEL ROMANCE" on Feb.14 unexpectedly. It's not long, but you will love it at the first sight.
Location: near " Las Tarascas".