Where we are
The Lake Chapala Area
Hacienda Lingo
Places We Visited
Places We Visited 2007
Hacienda Lingo Changes
Hacienda Remodel 2005
Misc. Pictures
Hobbies & Activites
Remodel Completed 2006

San Miguel de Allende--this small town is a National Historic Site, known for its fine colonial architecture, colorful fiestas and international community of artists, writers and retirees.  San Miguel has many restaurants, galleries and shops.  The selection of furniture, pottery, jewelry and folk arts and crafts is excellent.  

Panoramic view of San Miguel

Historic center of San Miguel

Houses on the hills overlooking the city

Pink limestone church in the historical center of the city

Inside the church

The music and art school courtyard

Local indians selling their wares

One of the many beautiful hand carved doors

One of the many Moorish domes on a church

The dining courtyard of the San Francisco Hotel

Atotonilco--The 18th century sanctuary dedicated to Jesus of Nazareth is important to the fight for Mexican Independence.  On September 16, 1810, insurgents took the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe from the church using it as their flag.  Today, Atontonico is filled with life between four or five times a year.  There is a strong tradition: the eight day spiritual retreats or exercises that are carried out in the facilities of the old convent.

The main street

Front entrance of the church

Hand carved alter

Delores Hilalgo-- Known in Mexico as The Cradle of National Independence and designated a national historic monument, Dolores Hidalgo lies in the valley of the Rio Laja.  Just before midnight on September 15, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo called together his parishioners and gave a speech announcing Mexican Independence that ignited the 11-year war to achieve it.  Today, the city is famous for the production of majolica-style ceramics and tiles.

Unfired hand painted pottery

Each piece is hand painted by an artisan

The finished product

Guanajuato--A beautifully perserved colonial city designated a World Heritage Site.  Guanajuato means "place of frogs" and silver is its reason for being.  The La Valenciana Mine  alone supplied more than half of all the silver received by the Spanish monarchs.  Diego Rivera, the famous muralist, was born in Guanajato and lived there until he was nine years old. His family was forced to flee to Mexico City because of his grandfathers communist preachings.

Houses hug the canyon's different levels, with the foundation of one house sitting at the rooftop level of the one below.

Historic center of the city

One of the many churches in the city and the theater beyond

One of many twisting streets

The church of San Cayetano dates from 1788 and was constructed by the Don Antonio de Obregon Alconer family, wealthy owners of the La Valenciana Mine

The interior is adorned with a soaring gilt and 22 karat gold-leaf ornately carved wall behind the main alter, which includes many life-size statues of saints and biblical figures.

Another view of the church

The church has a pink-stone facade, with a profusion of delicate carvingsand is a fine example of the florid architectural style.

Tzintzuntzan--This small town has two sixteenth century churches, equally ancient olive trees, a craft market specializing in straw goods and ornaments, plus an archaeological site which was the capital of the Tarascan empire.

The city of Tzintzuntzan with Lake Patzuaro in the background viewed from the archaeological Tarascan ruins

Life sized wood carvings

The main street

Straw Christmas ornaments

Tarascan ruins dating from the 14th century

The oldest olive trees in Mexico planted by the Spanish

Patzcuaro--The town is centered on two plazas and has dozens of hotels, restaurants and gift shops.  It is situated to the south of Patzcuaro Lake.

Previously a mansion and now the Posada San Rafael Hotel  Hot water was available for four hours in the morning and four hours at night heated by wood

The largest square named after Vasco de Quiroga, the first Bishop of Michoacan

The library is housed in the former sixteenth century San Agustin church. The mural painted in 1942 by Juan O'Gorman tells, in graphic detail, the history of Patzcuaro

Basilica "Nuestra Senora de la Salud." Construction started in the sixteenth century and was meant to become the Cathedral of Michoacan but the plan was considered too grandiose and was suspended

All buildings are painted white and red and all signs are painted black with the first letter in red

House of Eleven Patios, a former eighteenth century convent now houses weaving and craft shops

Outdoor food stall

Santa Clara--Copper working town thirty minutes south of Patzcuaro

Heating copper before beating and shaping  items

Copper items and hand painted furniture from the nearby town of Erongaricuaro

Copper bathtubs.  The cost is $13,000 pesos or approximately $1,300 US

The main shopping street of Santa Clara

Hand carved wooden masks

Zirahuen Lake--One of the prettiest small lakes in the country.  According to local legend, the lake resulted from the tears of a beautiful young Tarascan princess, Zirahuen, who had lost her loved one. 

Some of the many cottages for rent

The small village of Zirahuen

View across the lake

Home made candies for sale

Morelia--The state capitol of Michoacan.  It is a large, bustling city with many historic buildings including Mexico's tallest cathedral, a fine zoo, and modern convention facilities in a park which also boasts the state library, planetarium and orchid house.

The cathedral

Inside the cathedral

One of the many historic buildings on the main street

State legislative office.  The upper floor has a mural of Mexico's history

Courtyard of the conseratory

State library

"Washing machines" in a convent, later turned into a girl's school

Church with raised decoration made of plaster and hand painted