How did you travel to this town? I'm thinking about flying into Mexico City and renting a car to drive there and back. Any concerns about crime?
I can't answer the part about driving there, but Santa Clara del Cobre is a sleepy little village and very safe. It is very close to Patzcuaro and easy to get there by cab.
Make sure that you get to see the demonstration of copper workers. The one I saw was up the side street from the copper museum. Cobre el Porton is the name of it. (they have a website) Here are the directions: The museo de cobre is on the corner of the main street and a side street. Walk up the side street away from the central square. Cross the street and go to the last copper shop on the street. The store is huge, has several rooms that will look dark but they will turn on the lights for you.
I really would suggest taking a first class bus rather than driving. They are really nice and so much easier. There are now flights to Morelia on Volaris. Great airline.
We flew into Morelia from San Francisco and took a cab to Patzquaro where we stayed. Crime was no problem in Patzquaro or Morelia. I have no experience with driving in Mexico, except near the California border.
I cannot comment of driving from Mexico City as we have never driven in the immediate area. However, we have driven in Michoacan pretty much every year since 2008, We stay in Patzcuaro and drive up the mountain to Santa Clara del Cobre and also make a side trip to Lake Zirahuen. In fact, we were just there in September. To be candid, there have been "infrequent incidents" in the general area but most of the news reports are from the areas beyond Patzcuaro
towards the coast.
Patzcuaro and the area around Lake Patzcuaro tends to be a favorite with us and we try to schedule a visit at least once per year. Like anywhere in Mexico, we only drive during the daylight hours and stay on the alert for livestock, slow moving vehicles or pedestrians on the highways.
Most important: have fun and enjoy the experience!
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