You can go to this town by way of the detour towards Guadalajara at the junction of the aforementioned road with the one that goes to Morelia. After about 10 minutes, you will see a sign that indicates the direction to Ihuatzio.

Ihuatzio means “coyote burrow”, and it is clear that they still abound in the region. Here is found what can be called a Purhépecha “military center”, because it is the place where, it is said, the empire’s warriors were trained.

There exist ruins of a large rectangle about 400 m long by 300m wide, used for the aforementioned purpose, but unfortunately, the plots and small fields into which it has been split have almost made it disappear.

Towards the western part of the site are ruins of two pyramids dedicated to the sun and to the moon. In the façade of the small temple dedicated to san Francisco de Asís, patron of the place, can be admired the sculpture of a coyote, alluding to the name of the town. Ihuatzio is a town of artisans dedicated to creation of objects in various reeds known as tule, chúspata, carrizo and panikua.

After a visit here, if you like, you can return the way you came, continuing to Tzintzuntzan, or continue through other little lakeside villages, including Ucasanastacua, Ichupio and Espíritu, coming out later onto the same road, near Tzintzuntzan

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