QUIROGA TRAVEL GUIDE
Quiroga is 45 km (27 mi) west of Morelia and there are frequent buses; Patzcuaro is 19 km (12 mi) to the south, and combis (small van-buses) regularly make the circuit. The village of Santa Fe de la Laguna is less than 5 km to the north along the lake shore; you can get there inexpensively by taxi or by combi.
Food - Click here for price key
In the town’s market (off the main avenue en route to el Templo de la Purísima Concepción you’ll find fresh-off-the-griddle blue corn tortillas and all sorts of fruits and vegetables, as well as cooked food. The stands on one end of the main plaza (look for the blue and red umbrellas) are famous for their excellent carnitas.
Quiroga Lodgings - Click here for price key
Because this town draws small-time business people and budget travelers, there are several no-frills hotels around the market and the main street, Av. Vasco de Quiroga. Recommended in a state government tourism pamphlet is the 70-room Hotel Tarasco (Av. Vasco de Quiroga Oriente 49, Centro, Tel. 454/354-0533 or 454/354-0100) offers inside parking, cable TV with remote, telephone, and a breakfast bar where you can get coffee and some basic breakfast items.
Otherwise, check out the new women’s co-op in Santa Fe de la Laguna, just five km (less than 3 mi) to the north, which offers food and lodgings and the chance to socialize with locals in this very old, Purépecha-speaking village.