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Central West of Mexico is an upland area of great geographical and cultural variety encompassing the states of Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, and Colima. This region has many attractive destinations, ranging from beautiful and quaint colonial cities to magnificent beaches. Among them, there is the country's dynamic and lively second city Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco; the historical and colonial towns of Guanajuato and Pátzcuaro, the fine capital of Michoacán, Morelia, the spectacular El Rosario Monarch butterfly sanctuary and the splendid beaches of Puerto Vallarta area. This is considered the heartland of Mexico, rich with the history of the country, and the birthplace of the Independent movement.

Landmark Attractions

- One of the major attractions of Jalisco is the city of Guadalajara, the second largest in the country and the one considered the nation's "most Mexican".

- Together with the state of Querétaro, Guanajuato was home of the political and "literary societies" hosted by the creole class (Mexicans of Spanish descendants) to draw up plans for rebellion in the early 19th century.

Lake Pazcuaro - Michoacán
- Lake Pazcuaro is located 3.5 km (2.1 mi) north of the centre of Pazcuaro city. The tranquil shores of the lake provide few lakesides restaurants that serve fresh white fish and other local cuisine, and waterfront craft shops. The lake also contains five islands; the largest one, Janitzio, and the smallest, Yunuen are quiet and beautiful touristy places. There are wooden launches that depart for Janitzio and the other islands, offering a magnificent view of the villages along the lake, while the local fishermen use their butterfly-shaped fishing nets from their canoes.

Santuario de Mariposas Monarca El Rosario - Michoacán
- The Santuario de Mariposas Monarca (Monarch Butterfly) is located in the easternmost part of Michoacán. In this sanctuary around from 35 million to hundreds of millions of Monarch butterflies arrive every year to breed between the end of October and beginning of November and depart around the middle of April to the USA and the south of Canada, providing an incredible sensory experience. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission: 3 USD.

Cerro de la Bufa - Zacatecas
- Zacateca's city trademark is the rock-topped hill which overlooks the city from the north-east, offering superb views. The Cerro de la Bufa is the site of the final battle between Pancho Villa and the dictator Victoriano Huerta in June 1914. The site also includes a group of monuments, equestrian statues, a chapel and a museum. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Monday. Free Admission.

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