10 Things to Do in Morelia, the Heart of Michoacán!

10 Things to Do in Morelia, the Heart of Michoacán!

Welcome to Morelia, a hidden gem in the heart of Michoacán, Mexico. It is a charming colonial city built in the 16th century that perfectly combines the Spanish Renaissance ideas and Mesoamerican experience. It has a rich history, so let’s take you through all of that and a lot more now! We have the best 10 things to do in Morelia for you. Read on. 

1. Wander the Historic Center

Step into a living museum as you explore Morelia’s Historic Center. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets lined with over 200 splendid historic buildings adorned with intricate facades. They’re constructed in the region’s pink stone, which also reflects the town’s architectural history. There is a perfect blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements. This historic center is one of the biggest attractions in Morelia and is a must-visit whenever you’re there. 

Morelia also had a significant role to play in Mexico’s independence movement. Museo Casa Natal de Morelos is where José María Morelos was born. He was a revolutionary leader, and today his house is a museum. 

2. Discover the Secret Rooftop Gardens

Morelia is full of hidden rooftop gardens. Go all the way to the top of historical buildings and be mesmerized by the lush oasis that awaits you. They’re stunning and a complete world of their own. Enjoy the blooming flowers, serene fountains, and picturesque city skyline views. 

3. Indulge in Local Cuisine

Morelia is a paradise for food lovers, and no visit is complete without savoring the city’s cuisine. Treat your taste buds to traditional dishes such as carnitas, enchiladas, and the iconic “tres leches” cake. I’m sure you’ve had the cake in other parts of the world, but when in Morelia, you need to have it. Explore local markets and street food stalls, where the aromas of spices and freshly cooked delicacies fill the air. 

4. Uncover the Mystery of the Aqueduct

Marvel at the architectural masterpiece that is Morelia’s Aqueduct, an impressive structure that spans the cityscape. Walk along 253 ancient colonial arches that stretch over a mile and marvel. These were built in the 18th century to provide the city with drinking water, and have withstood the test of time. Don’t forget to take Insta-worthy pictures here. 

5. Visit the Majestic Morelia Cathedral

Morelia Cathedral is considered to be the country’s most beautiful cathedral. The twin towers are 70 high and took almost a century to make! Mind-blowing, right? Because of this, you can see various different styles in there. From classical Herreresque bases to baroque midsections and multicolumn neoclassical tops. It is absolutely beautiful when lit up for the Encendido de Catedral. This magnificent structure dominates the city’s skyline. I recommend you step inside and witness its intricate details, soaring ceilings, and ornate altarpieces firsthand. 

6. Explore the Regional Museum

Take another step into Morelia’s history and cultural heritage at the Regional Museum of Michoacán, founded in 1886. Here you can admire a vast collection of archaeological artifacts, colonial art, and ethnographic displays that showcase the region’s diverse traditions and customs. It’s a goldmine for history enthusiasts who would want to see the exhibits, learn about ancient civilizations, and gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural tapestry of Michoacán.

7. Experience the Magic of Noche de Muertos

If you’re fortunate enough to visit Morelia during the Noche de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, prepare for an enchanting experience. Witness the city come alive with vibrant colors, intricate altars, and lively processions. It is a rich tradition, so fully participate in this meaningful and festive occasion and pay homage to the departed. It happens on November 1, so if you’re around then, make sure to take part. 

8. Explore the Caves of Cuitzeo

Venture beyond the city limits and embark on a unique spelunking adventure in the Caves of Cuitzeo. Discover a hidden underground world filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and awe-inspiring rock formations. In 2006, the town of Cuitzeo was named Pueblo Mágico and it is located around Lake Cuitzeo, a large, shallow lake. It is in danger of disappearing. 

9. Attend a Traditional Dance Performance

La Danza de los Viejitos, or “the Dance of the Old Men,” is a traditional folk dance of the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Attend this traditional dance performance and witness the colorful costumes, rhythmic movements, and captivating music that bring the region’s cultural heritage to life. Let yourself be swept away by the energy and passion displayed by the talented dancers, and feel the heartbeat of Michoacán resonate within you.

10. Sunset at Mirador El Estribo

I told you I’m a sucker for a good sunset, right? End your visit to Morelia on a high note by witnessing a breathtaking sunset at Mirador El Estribo. This viewpoint offers panoramic views of the cityscape bathed in golden hues as the sun dips below the horizon. Don’t forget to capture the beautiful sunsets but also put away your phone and just breathe in the moment. 

Morelia, with its rich history, hidden treasures, and unique experiences, is a destination that will leave an indelible mark on your heart. From exploring the charming historic center to immersing yourself in the local cuisine and traditions, there’s something for every curious traveler. You’re in for an unforgettable adventure. 

Letisha Jaramillo
Letisha Jaramillo

Hey there, I'm Letisha Jaramillo, a Mexican blogger who loves to share my experiences and insights about lifestyle, travel, and resources. Through my blog, Road To The Unknown, I offer helpful tips and advice to inspire fellow travelers and adventure-seekers. Join me on this exciting journey and let's discover the unknown together!

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