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The colonial charm of Santa Clara


Santa Clara del Cobre - Patzcuaro Region

The Pueblo Mágico de Santa Clara del Cobre is famous throughout Mexico for its artisans’ exquisite work. But this town is much more than stores and workshops. Santa Clara invites travelers to wander through its cobbled streets, and admire its houses with white and red facades and large wooden eaves. As part of the Don Vasco Route, we offer a short but interesting tour of Santa Clara’s monuments.

A copper kiosk gleams in the sun, overlooking the main square, surrounded by wooden arcades from which shops and coffee shops peek out. On one side is another large esplanade lined with three churches that are definitely worth a visit. To your right, stands the church of Temple of Our Lady of the Tabernacle, dedicated to Santa Clara, the patron saint of craftspeople. It was they who built the beautiful copper chandeliers hanging from the magnificent wooden barrel vault.

Opposite stands the first Church of Santa Clara, the humble Open Chapel and the hospital town, vestiges of the evangelization of the Purépecha people. Inside are some intriguing images of San Francisco Javier and Santa Clara, made using the ancient corn cane paste technique.

At the end, the temple of the Immaculate Conception preserves the original wooden dome, this time painted and decorated with medallions of the Apostles. This extraordinarily well preserved artistic complex is definitely worth a visit.

We recommend

  • Obviously visit the Copper Museum to see the extraordinary collection of the winning pieces in the national contest and learn how copper is worked in the forge.
  • Visit the village church where Pito Pérez recounted his misfortunes to the great costumbrista writer José Ruben Romero.
  • The most typical food in Santa Clara are the buns filled with fried tortilla, tortas de tostada, sold in the square. Tasty and crunchy!

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  • In the morning
  • In the afternoon


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Miguel Hidalgo s/n, Col. Centro. 61800 Santa Clara del Cobre, Salvador Escalante


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Antojitos (Snacks) Market

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