Uruapan, Mexico

We decided to go to Uruapan, just a short bus ride from Patzcuaro.  Uruapan is a semi-tropical, mountainous agricultural region founded in 1540. It is the second largest city in the State of Michoacán. Uruapan means “place of eternal formation and fertility”. They are known worldwide for their high quality avocados that are grown here, which has earned them the title of “World Capital of the Avocado”.   You will also find macadamia nuts, which are not as oily as their Hawaiian counterpart is.
We did not spend a lot of time in the city itself except to go to the plaza and have dinner there.  All of our time was spent in the Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio.  The Cupatitzio River runs underground except for approximately two miles of it where it comes up in Uruapan and then back underground. The town has taken advantage of this and created a park that has waterfalls and pure crystalline streams that wind through thick lush vegetation.  Along some of the pathways are the usual vendors plying their wares and some brave young men who for a few pesos will leap off a tree or rock into what appears to be shallow waters.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will leave you with some photos of our trek through this wonderful park








fish farm where you can ‘catch’ your dinner and take it around the corner to have it cooked


this is where the river comes out of the ground
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