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Lake Patzcuaro, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

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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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  • The Lake of Pátzcuaro holds the best traditions of Mexico and is therefore known; However, the crossing through it is disappointing to see that on the shores of Lake trash, Lily and dirt... even in some parts there is odor. Travel around this Lake costs 85 to 100 pesos depending on the pier and includes the return trip until 18:00 hours. At some point in the trip by water it is possible to also see the traditional way of fishing of the place... it is sad: there is little underwater life derived from pollution. The rescue becomes necessary with a high protection plan.
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  • A car tour around the lake, less than 70 km is highly recommended to see past cultures and civilizations and an unspoiled Mexico. The view changes continually and the road cross a couple of dozen vill...  more »
  • Since I live in the Patzcuaro area, the lake is a constant companion, and a most pleasant one. First of all, I am in accord with each of the reviews written before mine (except for the Charales bit, b...  more »

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