Michoacan  is a beautiful state on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. 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.
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.