Sunday, January 28, 2007

The potters of Cocucho

I've seen Cocucho pottery in the past in Patzcuaro and heard that they are very cheap if you visit the town - but I was unsure where it was or how hard to get to. The road is between the Paricutin turnoff and Paracho and paved all the way. Very pretty country. There are a few stores on the plaza that sell the pottery but more interesting are the little factories that make them - and sell as well. The place we found was on one corner of the plaza and the family showed us the whole process more or less.

Coming into Cocucho

Cocucho Church

Cocucho Plaza

The family of potters

The potter at work

Some of the pots they make

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Uruapan and Paracho

After driving up from Playa Azul we had time to visit the National Park, see much of downtown and to visit the 'Telares de Michoacan' which is housed in an old cotton mill a few blocks from the center of town. The next day we went up to Paricutin, Cocucho and Paracho before continuing on to Patzcuaro. That sounds like a lot of driving but was pretty easy to do in a day. Paracho is building a new Mercado so all the food stalls are on the plaza making what is normally a quiet town quite lively. This was the first time the guitar Museum was open when I've been there.

Casa de Las Artesanias

Telares de Michoacan

Hotel Progresso

Uruapan Plaza

Paracho Plaza

Guitar Museum Paracho
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