Living in Morelia Will Amaze You

Morelia is the capital city in the state of Michoacan.

And even though it isn’t the most popular place to retire in Mexico, I want to show you why you should consider it! It’s one of the best places to live in the central highlands of Mexico. And it is also one of the cheapest places to retire in the world!

But just because it is affordable doesn’t mean it isn’t also a world-class city. It’s beautiful, has great weather, and is full of rich culture!

In this video, we break down

  • The history of Morelia
  • Neighborhoods in Morelia
  • Cost of Living in Morelia
  • Rental Examples in Morelia
  • Utilities in Morelia
  • Things to do around Morelia
  • and so much more!

Check out what living in Morelia is truly like in our latest video

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Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Reader Interactions


  1. Kenneth Flood says

    thank you for all your videos

    • Mariana Lange says

      it’s my pleasure!

  2. Gerald and Rachel McChesney says

    Hola Mariana and thanks for the great video on Morelia, very informative and well done! My wife and I will begin our expat life in Mexico late year, initially we found Queretaro to “check all our boxes”, We visited recently fo a week and it was an enjoyable trip, however Morelia is of some interest. We have heard that Morelia is prettier and has a little less air quality issues. True?My wife love the fact that Q had H.E. B. grocery stores and good health care facilities. Would you be as kind as to give your valued opinion on Q vs Morelia? THANKS!!

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      • Mariana Lange says

        I signed you up 😀

  3. Julian Vasquez says

    Hola Mariana. Loved your video, and now, I can’t wait to visit Morelia.
    My Texas siblings and I have been traveling to Michoacán since 2012. We frequent Nahuatzen, close to Cheran because my brother-in-law inherited his parents’ home there.
    As a third generation Mexican American with no known relatives in Mexico, the only place in Mexico we visited long ago was The Basilica in Mexico City.
    Now, we are avid visitors to Mexico, however, we avoid the tourist traps of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and the like.
    Instead, we have been visiting Pueblos Magicos, like Taxco, Valle de Bernal, Santa Clara del Cobre, Patzcuaro & the island of Janitzio, to name a few.
    We’ve joined forces with a tour agency that flies us to Mexico City. From there, we board a tour bus and we visit these fascinating magical towns.
    This October we will be touring Pueblos Majicos in Michoacán including the Chistmas town of Tlalpujahua, then to Morelia. We’ll revisit Santa Clara del Cobre & Janitzio, then to Guadalajara where we’ll tour Lake Chapala, Ajijic and Tequila.
    This group of Mexican Americans from Austin and San Antonio has changed plans of travel to Europe because simply put, we are so impressed by the beauty, rich history and the absolutely warm people of Mexico. It’s no wonder so many folks from the U.S. and Canada are moving to Mexico. I think I will sell my home in Austin and consider moving to Mexico, también!

    • Mariana Lange says

      How wonderful! Your plans sound solid and I’m happy that you’re traveling to lesser known areas that are just as beautiful. Enjoy your travels 😊

  4. Scott says

    Thank you very much for sharing lots of details. I am thinking of moving there and have met a nice lady. Thank you again

    • Mariana Lange says

      Nice! Congrats on finding love.

  5. Francisco Plummer says

    Buenos Dias Mariana,

    I’m currently planning to visit Morelia preferably staying at an Airbnb in the Centro Historico neighborhood and explore the area for renting long term and begin the residency process. Do you provide contacts and information to accomplish that? I’m looking at the month of February.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Mariana Lange says

      Hi Francisco! Thanks for your message.
      Yes I have local contacts in Morelia for
      Relocation tours
      Real estate
      Registering a car
      Helping you obtain a driver’s license
      and more

      Plus we have contacts that also serve all of Mexico such as
      International movers
      Private drivers that will drive you and your pets to Mexico
      Or things like that

      You get instant access to my directory of contacts when you purchase our complete Mexico relocation guide

  6. Peter Goldman says

    We are coming to Mexico next month for a 3 week “reconnaissance” visit to see where we’d like to buy a place for the winter months within the next year. We are considering Morelia but found out how difficult it is to get to and from Mexico City besides the bus. Aeromexico told me they are stopping flights there after January 7. We want to find a colonial city but one where if we want to go to CDMX for a few days it’s easier. Now we are reconsidering. Any advice?

    • Mariana Lange says

      If you want to be close to CDMX I recommend:

  7. Dan says

    You make it sound like it’s really easy for Americans to rent. What we’ve found is that most nice places have a requirement that few Americans can meet: an endorsement from a local property owner. How did you bypass that requirement?

    • Mariana Lange says

      If they require an “aval” or guarantor you should ask if they will accept a “poliza de arrendamiento” which is a type of insurance policy that helps protect the landlord in case you default on paying your rent.
      Many insurance companies offer this kind of insurance. Otherwise, people also get away with leaving a larger deposit in lieu of the guarantor.

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