Tocuaro is just 15 minutes from Patzcuaro and is famous for its mask-making.  Take the road clockwise
around the Lake in the direction of Erongaricuaro.  After you pass a sign that says Tocuaro, take your second left
(immediately past the bus stop on the left) into town.  This road leads to the beautiful church and has numerous
mask ("mascaras") shops along the way.  Feel free to explore on your own or
hire a guide.
Juan Horta, whose masks are
internationally known and priced
accordingly, passed away in December
of 2006.  His family continues to show
his work and that of his sons (son
Modesto Horta pictured right) in their
shop on the left-hand side of main
street after first intersection. Call
443-112-0655 to make appointment or
just stop by.  They do not allow photos,
although they are happy to answer any
of your questions about mask-making.
Modesto Horta, Traditional Mexican Mask-making, Tocuaro, Lake Patzcuaro Villages
Juan Horta, Traditional Mexican Mask-making, Tocuaro, Lake Patzcuaro Villages
Felipe Horta, Traditional Mexican Mask-making, Tocuaro, Lake Patzcuaro Villages
Rene Guerrero, Traditional Mexican Mask-making, Tocuaro, Lake Patzcuaro Villages
Our favorite mask-maker to visit is
Felipe Horta. Felipe's father brought
mask-making to Tocuaro in the
1930's and Felipe is happy to give
you a demonstration and allow
pictures.  Felipe offers
courses in
mask-making and also has a DVD for
sale that explains more about the
trade in English.  Call 443-391-9718
to schedule an appointment or just
stop by his shop.  It's the first one on
the right.
Pueblos Purepechas - a collaboration of artisan communities
Felipe Horta gives wonderful group and private
mask-making classes in his workshop in Tocuaro as well as
in Patzcuaro, Morelia and other towns in Michoacan.   
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