And Then We Fell in Love: Patzcuaro

We didn’t expect to love Patzcuaro.

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We expected to have some fun admiring crafts but that was it.

I was dead-sick when we arrived, completely non-functioning and in stupid pain (I ended up seeing a doctor and got knocked up with antibiotics). We wanted to find a hotel to stay in because it was COLD and I needed to REST.

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We probably wouldn’t have stayed there had some of the other hotels accepted Kianna – but staying there was the best thing that has happened to us so far in Mexico.

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And this is why:

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Jonathan, the owner’s son.

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He and Micah became fast friends over Minecraft, and then we all became friends. He came with us everywhere, showed us a million cool spots, he hung out with us in the big plazas where they played classical music from Bose speakers and where birds swooped by in quests for crumbs.

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He took us to his grandmother’s house for New Year’s.

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Hands down, that was the highlight of our trip so far – meeting the family, enjoying New Year’s posole with them, firecrackers.

We absolutely melted with their hospitality and warmth.

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We ended up staying in Patzcuaro for about a week – and it wasn’t enough.

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Details, Disability and Access:

Details: Hotel Posada de la Rosa is a simple, family-run and family-friendly hotel right in the heart of the food market district. It’s the perfect place to stay to explore food stalls, street foot, to sample fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to walk anywhere in central Patzcuaro from the hotel.

Access in the hotel – it has a long flight of stairs and each room generally comes with one step. They accept service dogs like Kianna and are very accommodating. If they can find a way or help out, they will.

Their wifi is blazingly fast.

 Disability in Patzcuaro: I saw a lot of people with disabilities in Patzcuaro. Lots of wheelchair users, quite a few people with post-polio and a couple with Cerebral Palsy. I also saw some blind folk. It was interesting to me in that the ones with a white cane were begging, but the ones who were being led by friends (sans cane) were not. I didn’t see any deaf people – where are they??? I did see a couple of children with Down syndrome.

I was happy seeing so many people with visible disabilities out and about, even if access is very much an issue. The wheelchair-users were all riding those standard hospital-issue wheelchairs, the kind that aren’t meant for any surface other than completely flat. I have no idea how people can navigate the cobblestones with them, and how rough it must be. I wonder about projects that Whirlwind International has, in helping locals build wheelchairs themselves that will fit their terrain – I would love to see something happen like that in Patzcuaro.

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Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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