lunes, 1 de septiembre de 2014

Santa Fe de la Laguna – An Example of Community Development by Way of Tourism

Santa Fe de la Laguna is another must-visit lake-side village. It is a community rich in history, culture, tradition, art, and gastronomy, where a group of especially enterprising, well-organized women have turned to the potential of tourism to further develop their community.

Santa Fe de la Laguna an Example of Community Development by Way of Tourism
Santa Fe de la Laguna an Example of Community Development by Way of Tourism

Don Vasco de Quiroga chose Santa Fe de la Laguna in 1533 for his first Purépecha “hospice.” It would act as a prototype, establishing forms of organization, cooperation, and production, based on the “Utopias of Tomás Moro” and the customs of the Purépecha communities.

Santa Fe de La Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico
Santa Fe de La Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Live a unique experience, and interact with the locals who have an enormous cultural and historic heritage. The women of Santa Fe de la Laguna are the primary stimuli of this movement; they are determined to better their lives and educate their children by developing communal businesses based on tourism.

Communitary Tourism in Santa Fe de la Laguna Michoacan, Mexico
Communitary Tourism in Santa Fe de la Laguna Michoacan, Mexico

Get to know their cultural heritage, carefully preserved, safeguarding the rituals and traditions that go back to the time of Don Vasco de Quiroga. Discover their way of life as you are warmly welcomed by community.

In Santa Fe de la Laguna tourist are welcomed by community

Enter their world of gastronomy with its varied tastes and aromas that recall recipes handed down for generations. Traditional cuisine of Michoacán was elected to represent Mexico to get the recognition as a World Heritage by the UNESCO, as this traditional food from Michoacan has the ingredients that are characteristic of the Mexican cuisine.


A traditional mexican cuisine in Santa Fe de la Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro
A traditional mexican cuisine in Santa Fe de la Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro

Visit their artisan workshops and admire their centuries-old techniques. These techniques, although largely unchanged, are sometimes modified to reflect modern sentiments. For example, their ceramics and earthenware are now lead-free, making their products more in line with more up-to-date standards, and increasing their appeal.

Artisans Workshops in Santa Fe de la Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro
Artisans Workshops in Santa Fe de la Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro

You will be surprised by these dynamic, intrepid women leaders who have been hosts of important personalities, and national and international ambassadors of Michoacan hospitality.

They have benefited from training and financing by the government. This has meant an improvement for their families and their community and, in turn, an increase in competition and productivity.

Women from Santa fe de la Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro work together for their community
Women from Santa fe de la Laguna at Lake Patzcuaro work together for their community
The tenacious women of this community have been instrumental in improving the lives of everyone through the advancement of tourism.


Women of Santa Fe de la Laguna have worked together for their community development by the way of Tourism
Women of Santa Fe de la Laguna have worked together for their community development by the way of Tourism

Live an unforgettable experience and visit Santa Fe de la Laguna on Lake Patzcuaro, taste their delicious traditional food, and enjoy the ample hospitality of the Purépechas.

*Text and prictures propertiy of Hotel Mansión Iturbe.


We invite you to check more post in our blog, there are plenty of information that we hope will be useful for your next trip to Pátzcuaro. Here are some post that we suggest you:

Market places of Pátzcuaro

Don Juan Horta’s Family Workshop in Tocuaro, Michoacan

Jaracuaro – Birthplace of the Dance of the Little Old Men


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