Vendors hawk colorful balloons and cotton candy. Strolling musicians sing enthusiastically. Church bells peal loudly. And families ride bikes, stroll, pull children in wagons and roller-blade along the wide street fronting the Cathedral.
It’s Sunday morning in Morelia! And this Mexican city is a riot of cheerful noise and color.
Unlike other colonial Mexican towns and cities we’ve visited – like San Miguel de Allende – Morelia is quite non-touristy. But there’s still lots for tourists and travelers to see in its historic heart. The downtown center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s filled with more than 200 colonial buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
If you venture into the Sierra Madre mountains outside Morelia between December and March, you can witness the amazing sight of thousands of Monarch butterflies wintering in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Have we piqued your interest? Would you like to visit Morelia?
Practical information for visiting Morelia
Where to stay in Morelia:
An AAA Four Diamond hotel opposite the Cathedral, Cantera Diez has 11 designer suites.
Where to eat in Morelia:
Lu Cocina serves creative regional specialties from Michoacan state.
Booking butterfly tours:
We booked our Monarch butterfly tour through Arizona-based S&S Tours.
Check travel warnings:
There is currently no U.S. travel advisory against visiting Morelia. But you should check the U.S. Department of State’s website for any Mexico travel warnings before you go.
Read more about the top tourist attractions in Morelia
See our story published on TravelAge West’s website on the top tourist attractions in Morelia.
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