Millions of monarch butterflies make the epic migration north and back south again every year, and their southern migration ends at the El Rosario Sanctuary. White sand lines the beaches of Playa Azul and Maruata. The Cupatitzio river flows over the falls of Tzararacua in Cupatitzio Canyon National Park. These are just a few of the spectacular natural wonders to be explored in the state of Michoacan. Not to be ignored are the cities of Michoacan, too, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morelia, one of the best places to try a variation on traditional Mexican cuisine. Churipo, a spicy beef and cabbage stew, Tarasca bean soup, and Ixtabentun, a local anise- and honey-flavored liqueur are particularly delicious local specialties. Even the enchiladas are different, with chicken and potato filling. In the lake region and in the mountains, Patzcuaro is another don’t-miss location in Michoacan. The center of the Dia de los Muertos holiday, this is the place to be when the holiday rolls around but also a great destination during the other 364, too. A number of local dishes are centered around the fish caught in the lake, served up grilled fresh as a snack with salt and lime or as the more familiar fish and chips.