Uruapan is a municipality belonging the Mexican state of Michoacán. The town and surroundings are world famous, in part because of the great quantity of avocado farming and packaging, exported in large parts to the United States and other countries.
Uruapan is one of the oldest cities in Mexico. Its main natural attraction is the Cupatitzio River (dubbed "the river that sings"), because along its flow are tourist attractions. The National Park Barranca de Cupatitzio is home of "La Rodilla del Diablo," the head of the river, and extends out toward "La Tzaráracua" and "La Tzararacuita", waterfalls on the southern outskirts of the city. The Paricutín Volcano emerged in the vicinity in 1943, scaring away much of the population at the time. As of 2004, Uruapan's population was 625,816.
The word Uruapan comes from the Purépecha word ulhupani, meaning "place of eternal formation and fertility of flower buds." Uruapan, "place where the god-prince of flowers is revered," was established before the arrival of the Spaniards and was an exuberant paradise and a peaceful chiefdom corresponding to the Purépecha King. There are various interpretations of the meaning of Uruapan, for some meaning "water jug," for others it means "where the trees always give fruit." Others have determined it comes from the word urhuapani, meaning "blooming" or "sprouting." The place where everything flowers also translates to "where the hearts of plants bloom like the flowers and enjoy a perpetual spring."
JOURNEYS trips that include Uruapan:
Mexico Cultures & Crafts of Michoacan, including Day of the Dead, Oct 26-Nov 4, 2007 with Stephanie Schneiderman
Information based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruapan