This lovely lagoon is located four km. from downtown Pátzcuaro. It is not only one of the most beautiful places in the world, but one of the earth’s highest lakes. The history of Michoacán is intimately tied to it, it is a primary element of the coat of arms of the city, and also brims with innumerable stories and legends related to the Purhépechas and its origin. However, most unfortunately this lake has escaped neither the aggressiveness of man nor climactic changes, which have both affected the water level.

At present there are five islands: Janitzio, la Pacanda, Yunuén, Tecuén, a very small barren island called “The Tecuenita” (as it is so close to Tecuén) and Jarácuaro, which is now connected by a causeway. These waters are inhabited by five fish species: the famous white fish (endangered), black sea bass (usually called “trucha”), acúmara and other smaller fish called tiruhs and cheguas. Moreover the lake is circled by 26 native villages, each with its own beauty and personality and all recommended to visit. There is a well paved, scenic and panoramic road that leaves Pátzcuaro, encircles the lake, then joins the road to Guadalajara near Quiroga.

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