Cheap Flights to Morelia
The Otzumatlán mountain range frames the city of Morelia, a colonial-era highland city that retains much of its historic character due to the meticulous preservation of its centuries-old buildings. Tucked in its position between the El Grande and the El Chiquito rivers and well off the beaten path of the most popular Mexican destinations, it is here that visitors can get a sense of the real Mexico. Superb cuisine, historic architecture and lively festivals all commend this city to be enjoyed for its unique character, and the conveniently located General Francisco Mujica International Airport (MLM) makes taking flights to Morelia easy.
General Francisco Mujica International Airport
Flights to Morelia land at the nearby General Francisco Mujica International Airport (MLM), located just a half-hour drive from the city center. The airport offers free Wi-Fi, a bank, ATMs, shops and two restaurants. Aeromexico, United Airlines, Volaris and American Airlines all offer flights to the airport. The terminal is manageable on foot due to its relatively compact size. Visitors can catch a taxi into Morelia for around $4 or ride one of the city's excellently maintained buses, which drop passengers just north of the city at the ultra-modern bus station.
Attractions in Morelia
As befitting the capital of Mexico's state of Michoacan, Morelia is a beautiful city with colonial-era architecture listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The compact heart of the city, also its oldest sector, is navigable on foot and features picturesque fountains, wrought iron detailing, stone archways and shady cobblestone streets with outdoor cafes. The large, 400-year-old cathedral dominates nearly two city blocks and acts as a magnificent centerpiece to the heart of the old town. Another church of note is the pretty Santuario de Guadalupe, with its 400-year-old oil paintings. In late November and the first few weeks of December, there's a festival dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe that the Santuario hosts.
For a change of pace, visitors can stroll through Benito Juarez Zoological Park, an enormous reserve with its own lake that includes both indigenous animals of Mexico and some exotic foreign species. There is also a botanical garden featuring thousands of species of orchid called the Orquidario of Morelia that is dedicated to preserving many of Mexico's rare and beautiful flowers.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Morelia
Morelia's altitude of over 6,000 feet ensures that its warm days become wonderfully cool at night. Winters are typically in the 70s, and summers can reach the high 80s. The rainy season begins in May and ends in October. Mexican food is legendary for being delicious, and in addition to typical favorites found throughout Mexico, Morelia also has its own regional specialties. Chefs prepare the Enchiladas Morelianas with a unique blend of chilies, potatoes and chicken. Another local recipe is a bean soup known as Sopa Tarasca. Prices in the city's restaurants are reasonable for the quality, with a couple spending around $15 for an excellent meal. During Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead in November, the city celebrates with colorful costumes and festivals.