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Morelia and Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo: A One Week Itinerary

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Colonial Treasures and Beach Pleasures
Morelia, Michoacan

Morelia Landscape

Marco Antonio Gutierrez Hurtado - Creative Commons

Morelia, Michoacan

Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan and was listed as a World Heritage site in 1991 for its urban planning and magnificent architecture. Over 200 historic buildings, all in the region's characteristic pink stone, reflect the town's architectural history. Morelia has a well-earned reputation as a regional cultural center that still preserves its structures constructed between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Known as "the aristocrat of colonial cities," Morelia has pleasant weather year-round and is a great destination for those interested in Mexico's history and culture.

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, in the northeast of Guerrero state, are only 4 miles apart. Geographically, they are very close but the two offer contrasting attractions to tourists. Zihuatanejo is a fishing village with cobble-stone streets and inexpensive restaurants. Ixtapa is a world-class beach resort with high-rise hotels, golf courses and all-night discos.

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