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Michoacan

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Michoacan
Location
Michoacán en México.svg
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Capital Morelia
Government Mexican State
Currency Mexican Peso (MXN)
Area 58,599 km2
Population 4,412,767(2012 est.)
Language Spanish, Purhepecha(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 127V/60Hz(North American(U.S.) plug)
Time Zone UTC -6/-5

Michoacan [1] is a state on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Michoacan is a beautiful State. With mountains to the east and Pacific shore to the west, the diversity of the State is unmatched in Mexico. Vegetables and fruit are abundant year around. The people are proud and friendly. It is said that the biggest export from Michoacan, is it's young men who provide millions of dollars in local revenue to support their families, by working in the United States. On the Pacific Coast, the local Nahuat indigenous community is working hard to prevent a Cancun-like resort area from being built by outside speculators. Their "Ostula manifest" also denounces the four lane highway being proposed for their territory.

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  • El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. , Located close to Angangueo and North of Zitácuaro, at an altitude of approx. 8,500 feet on the Eastern border of Michoacan. Every winter approx. 100 million monarch butterflies from the Canada and The United States, wisely migrate, even across Lake Erie, to spend the winter in pine and fir trees. It may take several generations of monarch butterflies to make this annual trip back and forth. The sanctuary is open from November until March. This is an adventure you want to be well prepared for, as you most likely will hike, ride horse back or in the back of a pick up to the Sanctuary.

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  • Sri. There are a lot of locals who will invite you to their house for an authentic Mexican lunch. Try it! It'll be worth it.  edit


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Michoacan is the most dangerous state in Mexico due to drug-fueled violence. Crime is not restricted to major cities but can also be found in rural areas. Travelers should exercise caution at all times.

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