Coordinates: 19°35′N 101°43′W / 19.583°N 101.717°W / 19.583; -101.717
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Erongarícuaro, which means "Place of waiting" in the Purepecha language, is a town in the Mexican state of Michoacán. It is located about an hour drive to Morelia or Uruapan and just 25 minutes from the famous colonial town of Pátzcuaro. The estimated population is about 7,000 people.


The town[edit]

Erongarícuaro is hidden high in the mountains of Michoacán at 2,200 m (7,130 feet) of elevation. To the east is Lake Pátzcuaro, one of Mexico's highest lakes.

The town retains its ancient atmosphere. It consists of largely one-story adobe or plaster-over-brick buildings with red tile roofs. The streets are dusty cobblestones traveled by horse and car. The plaza has a fountain, stage and amazing collection of trees.

Wandering the streets uphill, there is a cemetery and a chapel.


  • Annual Flower Show
  • Tuesday Goodness Market - with homemade breads and cheeses


Jaripeos, parties and festivals are common throughout the year.


The nieve (ice cream), sold in shops on the plaza, is a delightful treat. There are many different flavors, made with water or cream. Combinations of flavors add variety and taste. One of the most popular flavors is called pasta (paste). Popsicles made from exotic fruits are a pleasant taste adventure.

Except for early evening there is always food on the plaza. Food in the evening would be atole (hot beverage) with buñuelos (light fried pastries) or tamales.


  • Women's craft market
  • Furniture and woodcrafts

Notable people[edit]

  • Lázaro Cárdenas - The popular leftist President of Mexico was rumored to take his boat across the lake where no road reached. He began from his large mansion in Pátzcuaro, which now houses CREFAL [1] and upon reaching Erongarícuaro was free to attend fiestas with his friends Victoria and Guadalupe Rodríguez in Casa Las Rosas. The president arranged for the two young women, who were singers of some note on local radio and in local concerts, to attend music and voice classes at Bellas Artes in Mexico City, but their conservative father refused to let them, saying, "A young woman's place is in the home." Victoria came to be the town's mayor — the only female mayor in the history of the town — and her sister Guadalupe was the town's postmistress. The post office was in the entrance of the house. Victoria later married Ralph Gray, an American painter who came to the town in the late 1940s.

During Mexico's postwar art scene:

Current artists:

  • Painter and ceramic artist Jon Skaglund lives and works in the village.
  • Maureen Rosenthal, artist and founder in 1981 of UNEAMICH, the Erongarícuaro artists' cooperative.


  1. ^ "CREFAL". Archived from the original on 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-03-17.

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19°35′N 101°43′W / 19.583°N 101.717°W / 19.583; -101.717