A few of the towns around the lake, notably Patzcuaro and Eronga, have attracted ex-patriots from the United States, South America and Europe. Texans in particular are drawn to the area in the summer to escape the heat.
The natives believe that the lake is the place where the barrier between life and death is the thinnest.
Fly to Morelia airport, about an hours bus to Patzcuaro.
Driving around the lake in a circular path along the shore is popular and an excellent way to visit villages.
By bus or shuttle
Collectivos carry people between most all villages with regularity and economy during daylight hours.
Traffic in this area during the Day of the Dead period would be considered very heavy. There is a Municipal dock in Patzcuaro with boats to Janitzio. If parking in the Municipal parking lot during this period, expect your car to be blocked in 24 hours or more. Parking is almost non-existent. Tour buses may be a better way in and out during this period. Still, worth the visit.
Patzcuaro, Quiroga Art in Eronga?
Street food is generally safe. Quiroga is especially known for its carnitas.
Vegetarians can do well in the markets.
Avocados/aquacates and tangerines/manderinas are about 10 pesos for a kilo; papaya is just 8!
Several restaurants have full bars; there is limited nightlife in this region.
In many small towns men drink on the plaza or spend time at home with family. Weddings and family social events comprise most nightlife.
Expats, travelers, and visitors are not being harassed around Lake Patzcuaro, Morelia or anywhere in Michoacan. The cartels do not bother visitors and the police welcome travelers. No one remembers the last time a visitor was injured by the cartels in Michoacan. We are safe here, knowing that Michoacan is Magical. (September 2019)