One of Mexico's oldest cities (first settled in the 1300's) this captivating colonial highland town seems frozen in the past. Walking amongst the cobblestone streets you might forget it's the 21st century. Its expanding expat community is slowly updating the vibe across town with more restaurants and hotels appearing. Famous for it's extravagant Day of the Dead celebrations (November 1-2) they also have extravagant Easter parades. The island of Janitzio in the middle of Lake Pátzcuaro is worth a visit, along with day trips to other villages around the lake, the highest body of water in Mexico at 7,000ft. The Hotel de Meson de San Antonio is a funky slice of old Mexico located near the center of town. Pack accordingly it can get cold at night.
Getting There: Fly into Mexico City and catch connecting flight to Morelia. Catch a taxi for the forty-five minute drive to Pátzcuaro.