Mazamitla is on the south side of the Lake about an hours drive away and a further 1000 feet higher into highlands of pine and oak forests.
It is in the next State of Michoacan and is very green most of the year. In fact in winter it can be quite cool especially when the Sun goes down.
Above– The narrow streets are typical of hilltowns in that every building is painted red and white and all lettering is in black and red gothic.
The main town plaza has a church that looks like it migrated from Tibet.
Below-The architecture is very alpine using much wood with overhanging galleries and support columns.
Below- a courtyard with a cafe and plants for sale.
Below-Inside a house we were invited into-because we were just looking !.
TAPALPA is another hilltown about 2 hours away. A bit larger than Mazamitla though maybe because it has more than one Plaza and church.
Above the colonnades that surround the plaza. One looks into ancient stores with well worn plank flooring.
Below– a restaurant in the Plaza.
Below -the ancient Casa de Maty -an old coaching inn.