The word Pátzcuaro means “foundation place” in Purhépecha dialect, it was also called Petatzecua, which in turn means “stone of origin of man”, characterized by Cúes or temples that make reference to the ruins of an ancient and unknown civilization that were encountered by the prehispanic founders of the city.
Pátzcuaro lies in what once was the independent kingdom of Michoacán, whose capital was Naranxan before the thirteenth century.
Later, Tzintzuntzan, meaning "humming bird place" became the capital and was repopulated by the illustrious Vasco de Quiroga in the year 1540.
Pátzcuaro lies at 2,137 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains forested principally by Mexican fir, live oak and pine, vegetation that characterizes one of the most beautiful regions of the country.
Its population is approximately 80, 000. Climate is semi-temperate and the rainy season is from June through October.
During this season, it usually rains by the afternoons, leaving the mornings free for enjoying nature and fresh air, visiting and photographing wonderful views of the lake and its islands or visiting also any of the small towns that surrounds the famous Lake Pátzcuaro. Rainy evenings are perfect to visit churches and wonderful historical buildings.