El Centro Histórico
This morning I decided to take a trip to the central square of Uruapan, in this city it is called "Centro Histórico" in other cities and even sometime here the city center is referred to as the "Centro Comercial" or "El Zocalo". So to get there I decided instead of taking a taxi I would instead take the city bus, simply for the experience. The bus trip wasn't bad, about 20 miniutes and $6.00MX or about 50 cents US. I got dropped off right at the city square.
The Center Square
The center of the city is the main location for shopping. In the center is major department stores and a couple of larger restaurants plus four or more hotels. As part of the center is their main history museum and a two large churches. Also just around the corner from this center is the entrance to the National Park of Uruapan. Access to several markets/malls can also be gained from this area. Branching out from the center are streets full of Tiendas and small specialty restaurants. I have spent several days exploring this area. It is very different from anything in the US. Within this area you can purchase just about anything you could want.
One of the Churches
San Juan Nuevo
The day I took the photos of the central square I also choose to visit a nearby city called San Juan Nuevo. Formally called Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, it is a small town near the volcano Parícutin. The city is called "Nuevo" because the original San Juan Parangaricutiro was destroyed during the formation of the Parícutin volcano in 1943. Along with the village of Parícutin, San Juan Parangaricutiro was buried beneath ash and lava. The tops of cathedrals in old San Juan Parangaricutiro still protrude from the volcanic deposits. The current cathedral, shown below, is also a shrine and a museum, to those who were lost during the formation of the volcano.
The center square of this small pueblo is just off the entrance to the cathedral. With in this square almost daily you can find vendors of all sort including entertainment. San Juan Nuevo is also know for it's Cajeta, a Mexican confection of thickened syrup usually made of sweetened caramelized milk. This confection that is made in San Juan Nuevo is know to best some, if not the best in Mexico and boy is it delicious.