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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

El Gran Hotel

Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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After spending some time in the aristocratic city of Morelia, Mexico, we decided to visit the artisan town of Patzcuaro, just a few miles away.

We had breakfast in our hotel and then grabbed a taxi right outside. The first cabbie told us the price of 400 Pesos, which was about $22USD. We politely said no, and flagged down another driver.

This man gave us a price of 300 Pesos, which was about $17USD before tip, so we jumped in with our gear.

El Gran Hotel

El Gran Hotel

The drive to Patzcuaro was less than an hour and we enjoyed some beautiful greenery from time to time while riding on a straight road.

Patzcuaro was founded sometime in the 1320s. The Spanish came in the 1500s bringing their Colonial influence, but today this town still seems like a mountain village in Portugal or France. There are narrow streets and tiny alleyways and the roofs of the ancient buildings are covered in red tile.





Here you see the front outdoor seating of El Gran Hotel which looks towards the Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra, named for a local heroine who was executed by firing squad for supporting Mexico’s Independence movement.

On site restaurant

On site restaurant

The restaurant in El Gran Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This hotel is just a 4 minute walk to Plaza Vasco de Quiroga which is a must-see in this small town. The park is wired for free WiFi, and has music playing from tiny speakers lined on the periphery of the Plaza.

This simple, minimalist hotel is housed in a beautiful old colonial building. The furnishings and decor were created by regional craftsmen and artisans. These workers are internationally famous for their copper, iron, pottery, woodworking and embroidery skills.

 Looking out towards the Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra

 Looking out towards the Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra

It was a sunny morning and unbeknownst to us, we arrived in Patzcuaro on Mexico's Mother's Day weekend. The town was crowded with families, tourists and lots of Moms and babies.

We decided to take a break, order some beverages and people-watch from El Gran Hotel's outdoor cafe.

Billy's cappuccino

Billy's cappuccino





Billy ordered a cappuccino and it came with a couple of cookies to munch on.

We watched the morning slip by and enjoyed the soft sunlight at this time of day.

Our bill

Our bill

Here you see my "Jugo Verde" or Green Juice, which is a popular health drink throughout Mexico.

Before tip, our bill came to 72 Pesos or about $4USD.

This El Gran Hotel is also a 6-minute walk from the Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares and 7 minutes' walk from the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud. People swear that the Virgin here performs miracles.

El Gran Hotel provides private car service to attractions, towns and villages. If you want to purchase a hand-crafted guitar, take a ride to Paracho.

El Gran Hotel

Portal Régules 6

Centro, 61600

Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico

Phone: +52 800 503 3443

AND +52 (434) 342 3090 y +52 (434) 342 0443

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About the Authors

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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