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  Pristine Zirahuen
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      Pristine Zirahuen
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      Cooking over a wood fire
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Lake Zirahuen (seera-WHEN) is a pristine lake set high up in the pine-clad hills 12 km from Santa Clara del Cobre. It is an excellent example of a high country Michoacan lake, since Lake Patzcuaro has become polluted and touristy.

As we drove higher and higher in the hills towards Lake Zirahuen, the cool air became pine-scented and it was almost like we were back in the foothills of Alberta, during the spring. In fact, we passed several cowboys on horseback, with their trusty dog trotting alongside them, looking like they came straight out of a western.

We saw not that many people at the lake, or on the roads, even during the high tourist season, and it appeared we were the only gringos around. The lake is a popular area with locals, and there are many cabins you can rent to "get away from it all" Lake Zirahuen is also known for it's delicious Pescado Blanco (native whitefish) that many food stalls by the lake sell, grilled over an open fire.

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  • Written Jan 4, 2007
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