Western Michoacán

Western Michoacán is decidedly removed from Mexico's tourist trail, with provincial Uruapan as the main centre of activity. Home to a handful of historic buildings and some very tempting park space, this easy-going market town makes a good base for exploring the surrounding countryside. As elsewhere in Michoacán, the hills are scattered with secluded villages, such as Angahuan, where you can hunt down specialist artisans or encounter indigenous life first-hand. Public announcements relayed in the local Purépecha language immerse you in the local bustle and day-to-day atmosphere of the community. Nearby, Volcán Paricutín, merely 65 years old. Nearby Volcán Paracutín, merely 65 years old, can be scaled in a day, with dead lava fields encasing the environs. Uruapan also provides highway access to the some of the most unspoilt coast-line in Mexico. For those who don't mind roughing it, there are ample opportunities to bask in the blissful isolation of empty, wave-swept beaches. However, you may need your own
vehicle to get really remote.

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