This is on the western shore of the lake, 17 km. from Pátzcuaro, after Tócuaro, and past Arócutin and Uricho. Its name means “place of vigilance”.

In ancient times, Sundays were festive and colorful, because it was the day of the exchange market between the islanders and the mountain inhabitants, who interchanged commodities of the lake such as fish, birds, mats, large baskets and such, for goods of the mountains, including firewood, clothing, wood for construction, fruit, legumes and so on.

Here also is the mark of the Franciscans in a sixteenth century temple and monastery, honoring the Virgin of the Assumption. Now it functions as a seminary, which is possible to visit. Its thick walls are adobe, its sober corridors are framed by arches of rock and quarry stone, yielding a severe, but tranquil and spiritual atmosphere. In the middle is a well with a simple curbstone, moulded arch and crosspiece to draw the water.

After visiting this picturesque town, you can return to Pátzcuaro by the same route or continue circling the lake, passing various small towns, and finally coming out on the free road to Guadalajara, approximately 5 minutes from Santa Fe de la Laguna.

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