Jaracuaro is just 20 minutes from Pátzcuaro.   Driving clockwise around the Lake towards Eronguricuaro,
the entrance to Jaracuaro is on your left, across from Arocutin. Given credit for the creation of the famous
Michoacán dance of the viejitos (old men), Jaracuaro is also famous for its sombreros which are hand-made using
palm leaves.  Jaracuaro used to be an island and there are many hypotheses as to why the Lake has receded so
dramatically.  Make an appointment for a tour of the weaving, sewing and pressing process - it's truly amazing.    
Feel free to explore on your own or
hire a guide.
Erasmo Bautista, Jaracuaro, Making Sombreros, Lake Patzcuaro Artisan Villages
Pedro Gabriel Reyes, Jaracuaro, Making Sombreros, Lake Patzcuaro Artisan Villages
Purepecha, Tarasca, Jaracuaro, Making Sombreros, Lake Patzcuaro Artisan Villages
Purepecha Girls, Jaracuaro, Lake Patzcuaro Artisan Villages
Three generations of Erasmo Bautista
family make sombreros.  His
daughters hand-braid the palm, he sews
the forms and his in-laws press and
finish the hats.    From the road leading
into town, make your first right down an
unpaved road.  Pass the bull ring, and
make your first left up a steep road (you
should see a school farther up on your
right). His workshop is the first door on
your left. To make an appointment call
Pedro Gabriel Reyes is an
exceptional artisan who is
committed to preserving his culture
for the next generations.  His wife
also makes delicious corundas
(pyramid-shaped tamales). Call
434-542-0179 for an appointment
or stop by his workshop, which is
right next door to the main church.  
If you are coming from Erasmo's,
head up hill - it's the last door on
your left.
Pueblos Purepechas - a collaboration of artisan communities