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Introduction

One of the oldest cities in New Spain, and the present capital of Michoacan state, Morelia is famous for it's perfectly preserved colonial centre. In fact, the heart of the city is so evocative it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. It is also a very lively place thanks to it's own university and it's burgeoning artistic community. Throughout the year cultural events, festivals and free concerts make this a great place to experience an urbane Mexican city off the radar of foreign tourists. The lack of tourists still means there is plenty to do and see in Morelia and it's possible to spend several days (or more) exploring this stunning city.

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Sights and Activities

  • Main Cathedral - Plaza de Armas - Located in the very heart of Morelia, the main cathedral is a very ornate affair combining several architectural styles inside and out. The cathedral really comes to life each evening as the entire facade is lit up. Inside, visitors will find a still functioning organ with over 4,000 pipes as well as well as a gold crown from Spain's 16th century King Felipe II.
  • Fuente Las Tarascas - Plaza Villlalongin - A boisterous and bawdy public fountain featuring 3 Tarascan women holding bunches of fruit makes for an obvious landmark and is the preferred meeting place for young denizens of Morelia.
  • El Acueducto - Av. Acueducto - Morelia's ancient aqueduct lives on. Construction began around 1785 and featured 250 arches. Today, the original structure is lit at night and runs along Avenida Acueducto, lined with shops and restaurants. This route makes for a pleasant stroll in the evening.
  • Santuario de Guadalupe - Plaza Morelos - The typical exterior of this church will not prepare you for the eye-popping interior. Inside, the walls and ceiling are covered in very ornate, uniformly arranged plaster relief flowers that drip with color. All that flair is countered with large paintings throughout the church depicting gruesome scenes of indigenous victims surrendering to Spanish colonizers.
  • Museo del Esatado - Calle Prieto, 76. Hours: 9 am - 8 pm Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 6 pm Sat. & Sun. - This state museum chronicles local history from prehistoric times up to the Spanish conquest. Plenty of stone tools and weapons, pottery, jewelry and religious artifacts are spread out over several levels.
  • Biblioteca Publica De La Universidad Michoacana - Jardin Altamirano, Av. Madero Poniente and Nigromante. Hours: 8 am - 8 pm Mon. - Fri. - The city's university gives visitors a sight to behold as tall shelves of ancient books fill this vast, ornate 16th century library. The interior is capped off with a grand domed ceiling.

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Events and Festivals

  • Feria de Morelia - Late April - early May - This is a traditional fair featuring dances, bullfights, artisans, food and fireworks.
  • Festical Internacional de Musica - Middle of November. - Churches, theaters and plazas throughout Morelia become venues for classical music from orchestras to individuals.
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia - October. Website: www.moreliafilmfest.com - All of Mexico's film industry gathers in Morelia for a week in autumn. The international appeal of this festival has grown considerably in the last decade and continues to get bigger every year.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.

Post

The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.

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