domingo, 1 de julio de 2018

Quiroga: Artisanship, Cuisine, and History


Quiroga is a town on the shores of Lake Patzcuaro.  It is known mostly for its artisanship and cuisine.
In our region there are multiple options to buy crafts, according to your tastes and budgets. At Hotel Mansión Iturbe, we show you the different options so you can create your own plan.
If you want to buy handicrafts at wholesale prices, an important craft center to visit is the good-sized town of Quiroga.  You can easily combine that with a visit to the nearby, much smaller historic town of Santa Fe de la Laguna, where you will find great artists of folk art.
Main square of Quiroga, Michoacan
Main square of Quiroga, Michoacan

This bustling town is not only a great commercial hub, it is also rich in history. It was the first settlement of the conquest, which took place between 1593 and 1598. Initially it was called San Diego Cocupao.  Close by, Don Vasco de Quiroga founded the village of Uayameo, also on the shores of Lake Pátzcuaro. Don Vasco established the People’s Hospital in the village of Santa Fe de la Laguna, the Hospital de la Concepción in Cocupao, and the Franciscan convent of San Diego.
Give yourself time to navigate the multiple outlets where, at first glance, it might appear stores are selling the same things.  But it is not so.  Dig deep enough and you will find just what you were looking for. 
Wooden toys for infants: Mexican Handicrafts
Wooden toys for infants: Mexican Handicrafts

If it’s wood crafts, you will find an infinite variety of wooden toys for infants to young adults, decorating aids, even furniture.  Quiroga is also a mecca for wholesale artificial flowers and quality leather goods, like belts and handbags.
Beautiful and colorful embroidery also abounds.
Entrance to the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacán
Entrance to the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacán
Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacán
Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacán

If you want a break from your buying spree, visit the Baroque parish of San Diego of Alcala, which dates from 17th century, with its unique walls inlaid with porcelain.
Tower of the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacán
Tower of the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacán
  Interior of the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacan
Interior of the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacan

An important holiday in Quiroga is celebrated the first Sunday of July, the Feast of the Precious Blood of Christ. The locals – and pilgrims from other parts all over Mexico – turn out enthusiastically for this event. This festival is dedicated to the huge Christ made of cane paste dating back to the 16th century.
Interior of the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacan
Interior of the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Quiroga, Michoacan

Gastronomy
is another important attraction of Quiroga, known as the World Capital of Carnitas (delicious pork).  You can either buy it from vendors in the main square, or relax at a restaurant in around the main square.  Other delicacies available are pozole, traditional corundas, and lots of sweets and artisan bread.
Carnitas, delicious pork, enjoy Mexican Food in Quiroga, Michoacan
Carnitas, delicious pork, enjoy Mexican Food in Quiroga, Michoacan

Carnitas Carmelo in Quiroga, Michoacán
Carnitas Carmelo in Quiroga, Michoacán

Enjoy Carnitas in Quiroga, a traditional place is El Rey de las Carnitas
Enjoy Carnitas in Quiroga, a traditional place is El Rey de las Carnitas

The region of Lake of Pátzcuaro is waiting for you!

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

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