Eastern Michoacán

In eastern Michoacán, the urbane city of Morelia is replete with all the cultural attractions befitting a great state capital: captivating museums, historic churches, teeming grand plazas, and a seemingly insatiable array of ostentatious architecture. Here, each house relates some fragment of history and perhaps no figure has been more pivotal in this fantastic saga than Michoacán's most famous son - the Independence fighter José Maria Morelos, after whom Morelia is named. But beyond the state capital, rugged mountains and mist-swathed hills dominate the scenery, all punctuated by sleeping mining villages and indolent farming communities. This is the land of the Monarch butterflies, which conclude an astonishing annual migratory pilgrimage in the region's fragrant highland pines. The sight of them swirling in their thousands - like storms of ash and fire - is surely one of the world's most stunning natural phenomena, not to be missed.

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