Famous throughout Mexico for its handcrafted classical guitars, this tiny village in the State of Michoacan makes the majority of all handmade guitars (and violins) sold in the country. The quality of its instruments draws musicians from around the globe.
Fathers pass on their instrument-building knowledge to their sons—some families have made guitars for five or more generations. Walk the streets and peer into workshops to see how it's done. Every August, Paracho hosts the National Guitar Fair, a celebration with music and dance.
Paracho lies 190 mi/305 km west of Mexico City.
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