Zitacuaro is a large city of over 210,000 people and it would be even bigger today of it had not been demolished so many times in the early 19th century. The first time it was demolished was during the 1812 war for Independence, the second time was when the troops from Santa Anna fought there in 1855 and the third time was when it was invaded by the French in 1865. Many call this city a great city of Independence because that is what Benito Juarez called it. The city is nestled into the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains where you will have mountain views anywhere you turn. If you love the outdoors you will really enjoy yourself here as there are many outdoor activities to enjoy like camping, hiking and watching birds. There is also a lot of horseback riding and kayaking. If you prefer a more cosmopolitan atmosphere you will not find it here in Zitacuaro. This city is a really fun destination during the months of November through March as that is when the butterflies are here. Zitacuaro continues to grow and become more modern each day however it still retains a lot of its historical culture and charm.
If you would like to get anywhere from Zitacuaro you can go to the bus station which is located on Pueblita. You can get a taxi ticket to take you to the center of town or you can venture out from the bus station to other destinations like Mexico City which you can get to by taking the Flecha Amarillo bus and it will take three hours and cost you 100 pesos. You can also take an adventure to Toluca which takes a couple hours and costs 60 pesos. If you would like to go to Morelia then you will need to take the first class bus which takes 3 hours and costs100 pesos. If you wish to go to hidalgo it takes less than 1 hour and will cost 25 pesos. There is another bus line called Autobuses de Occidente and La Linea. This bus is a second class bus that takes people to Mexico City in 2-1/2 hours and costs 110 pesos, and Zamora takes 6-1/2 pesos and costs 185 pesos. You also have the Blanca Estrella bus that goes to Queretaro in 6-1/2 hours and costs 120 pesos, and if you are just looking to have bus travel within Zitacuaro then you should know that the local buses have a very limited service route.
As far as location is concerned Zitacuaro is 80 miles from Mexico City . The principal plaza of the city contains the Civic Plaza of Benito Juarez, the Municipal Plaza and the Juarez Market. The Municipal Palace is located next to the Leandro de Tejada Street on the south side and in the west is Garcia Street, and in the east is 5 de Mayo Street, and in the north is Ocampo Street. The Hidalgo road is a road that is parallel to that of Ocampo which is where the northern market is found. The main road it Zitacuaro is called Revolucion.
If you would like more detailed information on the area of Zitacuaro you can find it at the tourist office which is located on Carretera which is not very close to the center of town but has proved to be quite helpful to tourists and travelers. If you take a taxi to the tourist office you can do so by catching one on Revolucion Road and then just tell the taxi driver you are looking for the tourist office. The tourist office is only open between the months of April and October between the hours of 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, and on the weekends 9am-2pm. If you would like to cash in travelers checks, change currency or use a 24 hour ATM you can do so at the Banamex located on Tejada. They are open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and on Saturdays 10am-2pm. If you would like to store your luggage while you explore the area you can do so at the bus station and they charge 11 pesos per hour. If you need any type of emergency services you can find police, and the Red Cross in the Municipal Palace. If you have forgotten your medication or need to by some over the counter medications you can do so at the Farmacia Guadalajara which is located on 5 de Mayo and is open 24 hours a day. If you need to send a fax or make a long distance call you can do so at the Telecomm which is located on Ocampo and is open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and on the weekends the hours are 9am-1pm. If you are in search of an internet cafe you will find one called Evolucion Internet located on Hidalgo. They charge 11 pesos per hour and are open every day from 9am-9pm. If you would like to mal a postcard or letter while you are in Zitacuaro you will find the post office to be located on Revolucion and the hours are 8am-3pm Mon-Fri. The zip code on Zitacuaro is 61516.