Lake Patzcuaro, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

Lake Pátzcuaro is a lake in the municipality of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.The natives believe that the lake is the place where the barrier between life and death is the thinnest.Lake Pátzcuaro lies in an endorheic basin, which does not drain to the sea. A watershed area of 929 square kilometres drains into the lake, of which 126.4 are the water body. The Lake Pátzcuaro watershed extends 50 kilometres east-west and 33 kilometres from north to south. Lake Pátzcuaro lies at an elevation of 1,920 metres, and is the center of the basin and is surrounded by volcanic mountains with very steep slopes. It has an average depth of 5 metres and a maximum of 11. Its volume is approximately 580 million cubic metres.The Lake Pátzcuaro basin is of volcanic origin. At times it has been part of an open and continuous hydrological system formed by Lake Cuitzeo, Pátzcuaro and Lake Zirahuén, which drained into the Lerma River. Today, like lakes Cuitzeo and Zirahuén, it is a closed basin, although ecologists consider it a sub-basin of the Lerma-Chapala basin.WetlandsThe lake is surrounded by extensive wetlands. Cattails and other reedy vegetation are the dominant wetland vegetation, in dense stands over 2 meters tall. Typical wetland plant genera include Typha, Scirpus, Heleocharis, and Cyperus. The dominant species of aquatic vegetation are Potamogeton illinoensis, Scirpus pectinatus, tule (Typha latifolia), T. dominguensis, and Nymphaea mexicana.
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  • not it is necessary to have much time to go since there are routes throughout the day, when you arrive if you have good condition you raise to the Morelos, but you can try fish and many other dishes from the region and buy handicrafts.
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  • Pátzcuaro is your destiny! Surrounded by nature, at the hearth of Michoacán, México, give it a try! Look for a go to the island in the boats, or go to the downtown for a walk, try the pasta ice cream,...  more »
  • Very nice ride by boat, fishermen make a representation of the traditional fishing with nets unique in the world, the island of Janitzio very traditional and clean. How recommendation, do not carry babies or people with difficulties to walk if you want to upload to the monument of the island since the climb is rather heavy.
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