The village of Santa Clara del Cobre is just 20 minutes south of Patzcuaro, in the state of Michoacan, and produces almost all of the beautiful copper pieces that are sold everywhere in Mexico. The local craftsmen are pretty much into one thing and that is copper. They have been producing beautiful creations made of copper since before the Spanish arrived, and they produce the very best copper objects in the entire country. You can visit the many shops, some small and some very elaborate with the factory somewhere on premises. You can watch while the masters hammer out the finished product that ranges from intricate pieces jewelry to large tubs, beautifully shaped vases, plates and kitchen utensils of every size and shape. You may even be invited to hammer out a piece yourself.
The pleasant village lies in the hills at an altitude of 8500 feet so it can get cold in winter but is usually very mild in the summer. The countryside around Santa Clara del Cobre is picturesque forests and farm land. There is a small museum dedicated to copper, next to the town square and they hold a fair with copper as a theme in August of each year. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours and a few dollars during your visit. I guarantee that you will have to buy at least one copper item.