La Alberca de los Espinos

Lago cratérico la Alberca de los Espinos
Infraestructura turística existente
Infraestructura turística existente
Encinares en la parte noreste del interior del crater. Sobre la cresta se observan los miradores
Bosque de galería
Bosque de galería
Sendero adyacente al lago
Localidad de Los Espinos, Municipio de Jiménez

La Alberca de los Espinos

  • Country: 
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    33 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    19°54'N 101°46'W
Materials presented on this website, particularly maps and territorial information, are as-is and as-available based on available data and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


La Alberca de los Espinos. 02/02/09; Michoacán; 33 ha; 19°54´N 101°46´W. The area is characterized by a cineritic cone with a water body in the centre. This Ramsar Site is an importantattraction to both local and international tourists. Inside the crater, there is a tropical deciduous forest and a gallery forest around the lake. The site is home to various species protected by the Mexican legislation including: Cedrela dugesii, Albizia plurijuga and Erythrina coralloides. The most common flora species are Salix bonplandiana, Fraxinus uhdei and Lasiacis sp. The volcanic structure working as a catchment area for the lake, the permanence of healthy forests in the crater contributing to the retention of the sediments removed by erosion are considered as the main hydrological values of the site. In 2003, the site was declared a Natural Protected Area, and is now documented as a Zone of Ecological Preservation. Ramsar Site n°1922. Most recent RIS information: 2009.

Administrative region: 

  • National legal designation: 
    • Área Natural Protegida - La Alberca de los Espinos
  • Last publication date: 


Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)