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Uruapan is strategically located at the western end of the Purepecha
Highlands. It is the second largest city in Michoacan state of Mexico and
was the capital of the state during French Intervention. Uruapan was
conquered by Spaniards in 1522 and played a significant role in the War of
Independence. The historic city center is lined with elegant colonial
buildings which have Moorish elements. Uruapan is divided in six
neighborhoods which have a distinct vibe of their own. The city has always
been an economic hub and a popular region for growing avocados.
Things to do in Uruapan
Barranca del Cupatitzio National Park
Barranca del Cupatitzio National Park is an urban park located 15 minutes
from the main plaza, Plaza de Martires de Uruapan. The National Park is
home to the 30-meter-high Tzararacua Waterfall, or the Cascada de
Tzararacua, as it is locally known. Many kinds of butterflies and birds can
be found in the park and the foliage is tropical. There are multiple
walking paths alongside the river and many fountains for the visitors to
Tingambato Archeological site is located 33 kms from Uruapan surrounded by
avocado groves. The ruins of the ceremonial site consist of three altars,
two plazas and a ball court, all of which have a Teotihuacan influence. An
eight-meter pyramid can also be found here. Around 32 skulls and 15
skeletons were found in a nearby underground tomb, hinting at sacrificial
rituals. The site is not overcrowded with tourists and offers a serene
La Huatapera, Regional Museum
Founded by Don Vasco de Quiroga, La Huatapera is housed in a building which
was one of the first hospitals in Latin America. The museum is in the heart
of the Historical Center of Uruapan. The building is grand, and the
architecture is impressive. Visitors will find here permanent exhibitions
of handicrafts of indigenous communities of Uruapan and Michoacan.
Best Time to Fly to Uruapan
Uruapan has decent weather all year round. However, keeping in mind outdoor
activities, the best time to take Uruapan flights is from early April to
early June when the weather is warm.
Airports in Uruapan
The city is served by Uruapan International Airport which is operated by
Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. Volaris offers flights to Uruapan from
Los Angeles, Puebla, and Tijuana.