Uruapan (officially Uruapan del Progreso) is a city in Michoacan.
Both Uruapan and San Miguel de Allende were founded by the same Catholic Brother, Fray Juan de San Miguel. Uruapan was founded in 1533 and San Miguel de Allende in 1542. The task was to urbanize the Mesoamericans to make it easier to pacify, educate and control them. The leader of the Purhépecha people was chased down the mountain from Lake Pátzcuaro to Uruapan when the Spanish conquistadors first arrived.
Uruapan is the second largest city in the state of Michoacan. It is located 110 km southwest of Morelia and is famous for the Eduardo Ruiz National Park, the source of the Cupatitzio River, located in downtown Uruapan and the annual craft fair during Easter week. The city is also known as the avocado capital of the world. Mexico produces 1.3 million tons of avocados a year, a crop worth about $1.3 billion. The Avocado Festival is held at the Uruapan Fairgrounds from late November to mid-December.
Uruapan shares the nickname as the "City of Eternal Spring" with Cuernavaca. In the month of December, the Average High is 74°, the Average Low is 50°, with a Record High of 84°. In the month of June, the Average High is 75°, the Average Low is 60°, with a Record High of 90°.
Uruapan is easily reached by air, bus or car.
The Uruapan International Airport (UPN) aka "General Rayón International Airport" has an elevation of 5,258 ft / 1,603 m. The coordinates are 19°23′48″N and 102°02′21″W.
Round-trip flights from the following cities are available to Uruapan: Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, NYC, Orlando, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
You can fly roundtrip from Tijuana to Uruapan on Volaris Airlines for only $373. The Tijuana Airport is next door to the San Diego Airport.
The majority of cross-border travelers who use Tijuana’s Airport are Mexicans and U.S. Latinos. There is a new privately operated cross-border bridge connecting directly to the Mexican terminal with hopes the project will increase American interest in flying out of Tijuana to destinations across Mexico. The cross-border pedestrian bridge connecting to Tijuana's airport is off of Siempre Viva Road on Otay Mesa.
Uruapan is a major crossroads in western Michoacan due in part to the heavy traffic to and from the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas on the Pacific Ocean. You usually have your choice between free roads and toll roads.
Uruapan Central Bus Station, Carretera Uruapan Patzcuaro, Col. Lomas del Norte Valle
Bus Lines Available
ETN, AUTOVIAS - LA LINEA PLUS - VIA PLUS, PARHIKUNI, PRIMERA PLUS, TAP, GRUPO ESTRELLA BLANCA, OMNIBUS DE MÉXICO, RUTA PARAISO - GALEANA - PURHÉPECHAS, RUMBOS TARASCOS, ERANDI, AUTOTRANSPORTES TANCÍTARO
This incredible park consists of an old growth primeval forest on 47 acres in the middle of a city. President Lázaro Cárdenas bequeathed the Eduardo Ruiz estate to the Mexican people in 1938. It is truly amazing to see banana trees 75 feet (23m) tall. Parque Nacional is magic to your senses, especially with the mist filled air and the sounds of water rushing everywhere from an underground mountain river flowing out of the ground in the north end of the park. It is the second most visited national park in the entire nation.
There are 89 species of plants in Parque Nacional including wild orchids, flowering vines, huge ferns, and ficus. One can also observe parrots, hummingbirds, swallows, and woodpeckers. The Cupatitzio is indeed the river that sings.
This scenic park is located across from the Soriana supermarket on Av. Paseo de la Revolución. This park among the pine trees is perfect for a picnic or a family gathering. This delightful park and recreation center has a playground for children and has covered picnic pavilions and walking/biking trails. Take a hike and see the beautiful Rio Cupatitzio flow by down below the fragrant aromatic pine forest.
Everyone looks forward to Semana Santa or Holy Week in Uruapan that begins on Palm Sunday. March 20, 2016, will be the 57th anniversary of the largest craft fair in Mexico held in Uruapan for two weeks. It begins with a food fair provided by Purhépecha women followed by a parade in native costumes (ropa típica) around Uruapan's downtown Plaza Morelos. Typically there are 1200 vendors selling their handmade wares and art at this two-week event.
The best two culinary days of the year are March 19th and 20th in the adjacent Plaza La Ranita which has a fountain and statue of a little frog when the Purhépecha women treat the public to authentic native food predating the Spanish conquest.