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El Jardin de Villalongin

Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Just around the corner from the Callejon del Romance, is El Jardin de Villalongin. There is a story of boldness, audacity, grit and courage attached to this garden. Named after Don Manuel Villalongin, an insurgent who fought with Hidalgo and Morelos in the Mexican War of Independence against the Spanish, this beautiful garden with its manicured flowers and lovely fountain is worth visiting.

The Aqueduct that carried water to this city before modern times

The Aqueduct that carried water to this city before modern times

Located in the Historical Center of Morelia and at the beginning of the Aqueduct, you can see bits of the garden through the arches here.

The Callejon del Romance is on the right, just out of this photo.

Yes, there is a lot of traffic right here, coming in from several directions. But there is some sanity to it.

Back during the Mexican War of Independence, the Spanish authorities had taken Villalongin's wife hostage and kept her in the "las Animas" prison located here. The idea was that Villalongin was to lay down his arms and the Spanish would return his wife.

The other side of the Aqueduct, garden on the left

The other side of the Aqueduct, garden on the left

Fat chance.





Villalongin didn't lay down his arms, but instead, secretly communicated with his wife. And just like in the movies, Manuel daringly - with valor and heroism - rode in on horseback and rescued his wife from the prison!

Having our photo taken in front of the "MORELIA" sign

Having our photo taken in front of the "MORELIA" sign

This particular area of the city has several bars, restaurants, shops, the Villalongin Garden, the Aqueduct, the Callejon de Romance and a couple of famous fountains too.

We had fabulous weather during our trip and took full advantage of it all.

In the center is the fountain of the Roman goddess Flora

In the center is the fountain of the Roman goddess Flora

This fountain is considered to be one of the oldest in Morelia.

Before being moved here to this garden in 1889, this lovely fountain spent a century in Plaza de Armas. There are walkways and wrought iron benches on which to sit and people-watch.

Another view of the Jardin

Another view of the Jardin





Make it a point to get to this section of town. It's a nice walk from the Cathedral and you can leave the city-fied hustle and bustle behind and come to this little oasis of calm.

 El Jardin de la Villalongin

Free entry

Aquiles Serdán S / N, corner with Av. Madero Oriente

Colonio Morelia Centro CP 58000

Morelia, Michoacán

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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