jueves, 18 de agosto de 2016

A Hike up Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro, Michoacan

The Estribo Grande is a beautiful place where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Lake Patzcuaro and enjoy the nature. At Hotel Mansion Iturbe we recommend you a visit to this beautiful place.

Here are some tips from our friend Andrew Carhartt a resident in Patzcuaro from the United States:

Lake Patzcuaro
Lake Patzcuaro

The two images below are of an extinct volcano called “Estribo Grande” (“Big
Stirrup”), to the west of Patzcuaro.  It is visible from many places in town.

The Estribo Grande in Pátzcuaro
The Estribo Grande in Pátzcuaro

The Estribo Grande in Pátzcuaro
The Estribo Grande in Pátzcuaro

You can walk to the base of Estribo Grande from downtown Patzcuaro in less
than 30 minutes.

In an hour or so, you can walk up the cobblestone street – or dirt paths
(sometimes unsafe from rains or accumulation of dust) running alongside it – to
where it juts out a little to the right.

Lovely pine trees line most of the street.  This particular stretch of the cobblestone road appears to quite well maintained, but it’s not like that all the way up.  It is suggested that you carry your favorite walking stick with you, regardless of whether you use the paths or the road, regardless of dry or wet weather.

The cobblestone road to The Estribo Grande in Pátzcuaro
The cobblestone road to The Estribo Grande in Pátzcuaro

The above image of the road is looking back down the road, and appears rather smooth.  The grade is gradual, but you have to watch where you’re going, or you can fall or twist an ankle.  For this reason, it is further recommended that you take the hike with a friend or two.

Some people like to take their dogs along on hikes like this.  It might be a good
idea to restrict your canine companion to one that comes on command, walks on a leash, is not aggressive toward other hikers, doesn’t chase cars, etc.

And sometimes, neighborhood dogs, such as the comical duo below, will join you, whether you like it or not.

Dog at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro
Dog at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro

Dog at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro
Dog at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro

On an overcast day, Lake Patzcuaro and its islands can present a mysterious and eerie fodder for the imagination.

Lake Patzcuaro
Lake Patzcuaro

There are even some interesting geological features on the way.


Geological features at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro
Geological features at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro


The road stops at the large gazebo, which overlooks the valley and Lake Patzcuaro.  There are barbecues off to the side.

The large gazebo at Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro
The large gazebo at Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro

From the gazebo, there is a stairway that starts behind this short stairway, with somewhere between 250-300 more steps to the pinnacle of the extinct volcano.

The stairway at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro
The stairway at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro

The image below shows a close-up of the principal staircase with a man jogging down the staircase.

The principal staircase at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro
The principal staircase at the Estribo Grande in Patzcuaro

There are local Patzcuarenses who go up and down that staircase every day, some of them in the predawn hours.

Photographed from the gazebo, Plaza San Francisco and the church are in the center of the image below, but is barely identifiable at such a great distance.  You need binoculars to see the huge Basílica from Estribo Grande.

View of Patzcuaro from the Estribo Grande
View of Patzcuaro from the Estribo Grande

The old church in the colonia Calvario, is near the base of the mountain.  You can’t miss it.

The old church of El Calvario in Patzcuaro, Michoacán
The old church of El Calvario in Patzcuaro, Michoacán

Discover Estribo Grande for yourself, and find your own magic at every turn!

You can take a taxi up to the gazebo, but expect to pay a little more than a taxi ride in town.


*We appreciate our friend Andrew Carhartt for writing this post for our Hotel Mansión Iturbe blog.


We invite you to check the different posts in our blog, you will find information about Pátzcuaro and its surroundings that we hope will be helpful for your next visit to our colonial town in Mexico.

Here are some post that we suggest you:

Archaeological Zone of Tzintzuntzan




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