Michoacán, Mexico is considered by some the soul of México. Home to not only the avocado capitol of the world but the home of the migrating monarch butterfly and the home of the Perepecha Indian, one of the oldest indigenous tribes of México, producing amazing and colorful arts and crafts including the guitar. Right outside of Uruapan higher up in the sierra Madres lies the city of Parachu. 7300 ft up in the mountains it is the guitar making capitol of Mexico and produces some of the world’s best handmade guitars to date. The indigenous people of Parachu have been crafting guitars since the 19th century, these signature handmade guitars have made this place world famous where visitors can see the hand made process in the homes/workshops of the traditional guitar makers. More than half of Parachus population is involved in guitar making and are amongst the most skillful guitar makers of the world with their simple and even quite primitive tools. The handmade guitars are amongst the most sought after acoustic guitars in the world and rarely is the same craftsmanship seen much more from other parts.
The magical step back in time can be seen yearly in the towns annual guitar festival which attracts people form all over the world.
Truly inspiring these people are making such beautiful instruments for others to produce such beautiful music with.
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