After spending the whole day and witnessing the sunset in Pátzcuaro, we were driven by our host straight to Uruapan. We stayed the night, we woke up late and were mostly clueless of what exactly there is to do here, BUT we knew there was a national park! So off we went, backs tired, shoulders sore, and legs shaky. Totally worth it, though, because ‘Parque Nacional ‘Barranco de Cupatitzio’ is a beautiful place.
Basically it’s 4,718,000 square meters of tropical forest, and a river runs through it. River Cupatitzio, which gives birth through a 3 meter deep underwater pool. Most hiking routes travel right next to the river, and it was a constant climb up and down, with the sound of water following us. Plus, when the park was created (or the space given for preservational purposes), back in 1981, they maneuvered the space to crate various waterfalls, so there really was no escaping the sounds of water in all it’s actions. Trickling down, crashing on the floor, falling slowly, rushing rapidly, and splashing. Honestly, I was in heaven, I love all these sounds water can make, and I love them in abundance.
Along with all the tiny agonies our muscles went through, our lungs went through clean air, and our skin went through moisturizing freshness. Even though we were very tired from last day’s backpacking, we actually enjoyed the relaxingness that comes with walking around nature with no view or reminder of city life. With the inevitable pauses along the way, of course. Taking small breathers and pictures of everything.
Beyond this forest, we didn’t find much else to do around Uruapan, although we got out a bit at night and stopped by a coffee shop where I got my first souvenir. But I think this forest is enough reason to visit the city itself (there are a couple of ruins we weren’t able to go to). It really is beautiful and filled with little things to discover, I actually got very entertained with a little insect I found crawling around everywhere, each one a different size, but they all looked identical.
The perks of traveling in Mexico include: ‘pueblos”‘, ruins, ‘fonditas’, music, festivals, folklore, artistry, and colonialness. This and more is what is available to all brave enough to embark on a journey through here, despite what the rest of the world may say or advice against. And nature is a big one you can’t ignore. And we didn’t! And there is so much variety (I come from a chaparral and found myself in a tropical forest!), and it won’t be here forever unless we take care of it. So go out there and witness it!
P.S. The Uruapan coffee is really nice.