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TOUR PRICE BASED ON

COST SHARING

Dates:  October 25-November 3, 2022

Group Size:  12

Age Group:  21+

We can create a private tour for your family or group.  Please contact us for more information.

DIA DE
MUERTOS
2022

INTRODUCTION
Dia de Muertos 2022
 

Dia de Muertos is a rich celebration of life that has been observed by indigenous cultures in Mexico since pre-Hispanic times.  Our journey begins in the enchanting P'urepecha Meseta, where guests will be introduced to the most traditional of P'urepecha territory in Michoacan.  Largely unvisited by foreign or local tourists, this region is awe-inspiring and special to visit.  We will stop in several villages, each specializing in various handicrafts including textiles, ceramics and wood carving.  From the P'urepecha Platueau, we will stay in Patzcuaro, enjoying a traditional cooking class, making handicrafts in an authentic village, touring the area to learn about the history, and of course, spending two nights celebrating Dia de Muertos in the Lake Patzcuaro region.  This is an enchanting experience, and one we hope you will remember for eternity!  

LOCATION
Michoacan
 

The P'urepecha Plateau is a rich agricultural region of Michoacan's highlands, irrigated by the Lerma River, which is Mexico's second longest.  Located in western-central Mexico at the southwestern seat of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt, the P'urepecha Meseta of Michoacan has a temperate climate and altitude extending over 12,000 feet.  Spanish colonial and P'urepecha architecture with ancient cobblestone streets, set against the backdrop of the powerful Sierra Madre del Sur and pine forests makes this a picturesque landscape that will transport you back in time.

Our tour begins and ends in Patzcuaro, giving guests the option of travelling by private driver or bus from/to many nearby locations such as Guadalajara, Zihuatanejo, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato City or Queretaro.  Morelia also has an international airport, so departure flights are an option there. 

 

Please contact us to discuss your plans, so we can offer assistance.

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BASIC TOUR ITINERARY
Hotel Locations
 

9 Nights - Patzcuaro Michoacan:  October 25 - November 3, 2022

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY

Destinations, Activities & Parties

LA FIESETA DE LAS CATRINAS CLANDESTINA

Day One:  Tuesday October 25, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzuaro, Michoacan

Welcome to the Pueblo Magico of Patzcuaro. Please be here by 2 PM, so you can check into your hotel, and get ready for our exhilarating La Fiesta de las Catrinas Clandestina. This evening we will meet at Plaza Grande at 6 PM and make our way to a secret location! This party includes a divine 6 course menu by three top chefs from Morelia and Patzcuaro, face painters to transform guests into skeletons, a mezcal expert with a library of interesting mezcal & tequila from around Mexico, local Mexican wine, and locally made door prizes for the 3 best costumes!

CREATING IN AN AUTHENTIC WORKSHOP PART ONE

Day Two:  Wednesday October 26, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Most of our workshops are held in the private homes of local artisans, which means getting to travel to different communities for creative fun.  We have several classes guests can choose from, and will organize these classes once we know what you would like. Our workshops include painting pre-moulded Catrina doll in Capula, making a small bowl in Santa Clara del Cobre, learning embroidery stitches in Sanabria, creating a milagro in Santa Ana Chapitiro, or learning the process behind linocuts in Patzcuaro. Our workshops include all supplies, instruction, an English speaking translator, picnic lunch and water.

P'UREPECHA CUISINE IN A TRADITIONAL COCINA

Day Three:  Thursday October 27, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

This morning we check out of our hotel, and head to the small city of San Jeronimo, where guests will enjoy a beautiful cooking class with P’urepecha chef Rosalba Morales. Return along the quiet road, visiting the intriguing and controversial Temple of Santa Muerte in Santa Ana Chapitiro.

CREATING IN AN AUTHENTIC WORKSHOP PART TWO

Day Four:  Friday October 28, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Today, guests will enjoy a second art workshop in our region.

LA CATRINA ES MUY BONITA

Day Five:  Saturday October 29, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michaocan

This morning you have the opportunity to dress up as La Catrina for a fun-filled day exploring the Lake Patzcuaro region as a group of Catrinas. You will be travelling with your guide and a local photographer, who will take group, couple and solo photographs of you, in various locations. From fields of Cosmos to lake scenes, in markets, or on cobblestone streets with historical churches and buildings, you will leave our region with a handful of stunning images from this fun-filled day. This evening, we will enjoy a special presentation about Dia de Muertos by Jaime Balderas of Animecha Tours. Learn about the symbolism behind flowers and traditions, including the Altar. Guests are invited to bring a photograph of a loved one to the Altar party, to honour them during this sacred observation.

CREATING IN AN AUTHENTIC WORKSHOP PART THREE

Day Six:  Sunday October 30, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Today, guests have the chance to enjoy one last art workshop in our region.

VIGIL DEL ANGELLITOS

Day Seven:  Monday October 31, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

This morning, enjoy a day to explore the art market and magical streets of Patzcuaro. At 5 PM, we will meet at Santo Huacal for a special dinner party, followed by our evening departure for the Vigil del Angellito’s in a small, nearly village. Please bring extra pesos this evening, to purchase flowers and fruits for the families who will host us. This is a very intimate and special evening.

NOCHE DE MUERTOS

Day Eight:  Tuesday November 1, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

This morning, depart Patzcuaro at 11:00 AM for the nearby Pueblo Magico of Tzintzuntzan. Here, we will explore the cemetery, and guests have the choice of visiting the historical ex-convent and museum, or exploring the Archaeological site, which was once the capital of the P’urepecha Empire. We will depart Tzintzuntzan by 3 PM, returning to Patzcuaro to rest. At 8 PM, we depart for a special exploration of Dia de Muertos in the Lake Patzcuaro area. Guests should be prepared to be out until approximately 4 AM. We do not advertise or promote our route for this evening, as we work hard to avoid the crowds. We promise you – this will be an incredible experience like no other in this region, as our guide Jaime Balderas of Animecha Tours is a local expert with many special contacts in our region.


 

Please Note: We are visiting very traditional areas of the Lake Patzcuaro region. We do not permit guests to board the boat if you are drinking, or wearing face paint and costumes. We will have a special toast during our tour, but ask guests to refrain from drinking to excess.

IT'S 5:00 SOMEWHERE

Day Nine:  Wednesday November 2, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

After such a late night, we all need to sleep in! Brunch this morning is scheduled for 11:30 AM. Our hosts will offer special beverages for those who would like Mimosas, Caesars, Italian Coffees, etc. This brunch concludes our tour, as we recommend guests spend the day resting and processing all that you have experienced on this fabulous tour.

DAY OF THE DEARLY DEPARTING

Day Ten:  Thursday November 3, 2022

Hotel Location: N/A

Please let us know where you are departing from, so we can assist you with arrangements.  Options include returning to Guadalajara, or flying home from Morelia International Airport.  We can also assist you if you are heading to Zihuatanejo, Guanajuato City, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City etc.  Please confirm with us before booking your flight, so we can advise you about travel times.

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS INTIMATE AND MYSTICAL OBSERVATION AND WILL JOIN US AGAIN!

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PHOTO GALLERIES

WORKSHOPS
Hotel Location in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
 
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DIA DE MUERTOS CELEBRATIONS
An Intangible Cultural Heritage as Designated by UNESCO
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WHY TOUR WITH US?
Is this Tour for You?
 

Our Dia de Muertos experience is a fun, exciting, educational pursuit to introduce you to many facets of this cultural celebration through hands-on activities.  Local expert Jaime Balderas will lead you through important villages and art studios of the P'urepecha Plateau, and will translate for our cooking class while elaborating on the historical and cultural significance of these special activities.    

Aside from select meals, the majority of your meals are not included in the tour price.  We prefer guests to have the option of setting their own budget, and meals can vary from $120 -$500 MXN, depending on what you are ordering.  As the majority of your meals are not included in the tour price, you are free to explore the restaurant scene on your own.  That said, one of your team leaders will always welcome you to join them at a set location.

 

This experience is a combination of busy and relaxed days, with some free days that allow guests to unwind and explore on your own, or book optional tours. 

 

If you prefer to fly home through Mexico City, we highly recommend spending two or three nights at Agua Blanca Resort in Jungapeo, to unwind and process all you have seen and learned.  Though you can book optional tours from the resort, the best reason for spending time there is for reading a book, soaking in their mineral pools, enjoying a massage and a temazcal (sweat lodge) before heading back to reality. 

BE A TEAM PLAYER

Respect Local Customs

Our tour includes some educational perspectives on religion in Mexican society, as it is an integral part of the culture, and has influenced Dia de Muertos traditions.  We ask guests to refrain from political or religious debates while in group, and to keep an open-mind.

Please respect our departure times, so our schedule remains fluid.  We ask guests to switch up the seating arrangements in the van, so everyone has an opportunity to enjoy a window view.  

Please respect the locals, and remember we are visitors here.  Acknowledging sales-people, and asking permission before taking photographs is a sign of respect.

​COVID-19 UPDATE:  Out of respect for the local Mexicans and all of our guests, proof of Covid-19 Vaccination is required for our tours.  Thank you for your cooperation.  We will take everyone's temperature before boarding the van in the AM.  All guests and team members are expected to use hand sanitizer upon entering the vehicle, and wear a face mask over mouth & nose for the duration of our tours and events.  These health protocols are subject to changes.

TOUR PRICE

Based on Cost Sharing

We can accept a maximum of 16 people for this tour.  The art workshops are limited to 6 people per class, so you will be split into 3 groups per workshop.  Please contact us if you have any questions!

 

6 Minimum:  $44,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

7 Guests:      $40,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

8 Guests:      $38,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

9 Guests:      $36,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

10 Guests:    $34,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

11 Guests:    $32,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

12 Guests:    $30,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

13 Guests:    $29,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

14 Guests:    $28,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

15 Guests:    $27,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

16 Guests:    $26,000 MXN Each + Accommodations

     

​We can source shared accommodations, private accommodations, and everything from budget to luxury.  Please Note - during Dia de Muertos, the hotels sell out far in advance.  Please confirm with us early, so we can find you comfortable lodgings while there are still a variety of options.

CURRENCY CONVERTER

All prices are in Mexican Pesos

Please use the currency converter below for your own currency.

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MEET YOUR GUIDES
 
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GERARDO CHAVEZ

LICENSED NATIONAL GUIDE

Gerardo Chavez of Imagine Arts was born and raised in Morelia, and has been a Licensed National Guide since 2011.  Jennifer and Gerardo have been working together since 2016, organizing many day tours and overnight excursions, including trips to the Monarch Butterfly reserves, in and around Mexico City, and the Lake Patzcuaro region.  Gerardo also works for the larger agencies, taking tours to places such as San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Acapulco, Guanajuato and Queretaro.  A lover of local handicrafts and arts, Gerardo knows many artists in the Lake Patzcuaro region, as one of our popular tours has been for art collection for both private collectors, and gallery owners.  Gerardo is fluent in English, and enjoys sharing many of his passions about Mexican culture, history and art, and is always eager to assist guests with questions they may have.  As with all licensed national guides, Gerardo continues to update his basic First Aid.  We truly hope you enjoy his guided services, and have a wonderful time experiencing Mexico for this enchanting and artistic approach to Dia de Muertos!   

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JENNIFER BJARNASON

TOUR COORDINATOR & ART DEALER

With a background as a sales person and dealer of Indigenous art for over 30 years in Canada, Jennifer Bjarnason has been exploring Mexico for many years, and is a resident of Michoacan.  With a passion for indigenous and cultural art forms, she was first hired as an assistant and tour coordinator at Casona Rosa B&B in Morelia, where she began organizing art and butterfly tours for guests of the hotel.  With a passion for indigenous narratives, cultural art, history, nature and travel, Jennifer coordinates scientist-led eco-fundraisers for Monarch Butterfly Research, art-collection tours in the Lake Patzcuaro region, workshops with artists in authentic villages, Dia de Muertos experiences in Michoacan and an extensive exploration of La Ruta de Plata - or The Silver Road, which was a major intercontinental trade route of international importance.  Jennifer first met Gerardo Chavez in 2016 on her second trip to Morelia, and is pleased to be working with him for this creative and unique approach to Dia de Muertos celebrations.  She looks forward to meeting you!

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INCLUSIONS
& Exclusions

ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodations are separate, but we will assist you

MEALS


All Meals are separate with the exception of:

La Fiesta de las Catrinas Clandestina

Lunch during Art Workshops

Lunch during cooking class
Altar Party with Presentation

Santo Huacal

It's 5:00 Somewhere Brunch

All Beverages & Tips are separate

TRANSPORTATION

 

Private Transport Included

Private Boat Ride on Lake Patzcuaro Included

HISTORICAL SITES

P'urepecha Capital of Tzintzuntzan

UNESCO DESIGNATIONS

 

Dia de Muertos Celebration

Michoacan Cuisine

FIESTA'S & EVENTS

 

La Clandestina Fiesta de las Catrinas

Altar Party & Presentation

HANDS ON PARTICIPATION

 

Cooking Class with P'urepecha Cooks

La Catrina Art Class in Capula

Copper Workshop in Santa Clara del Cobre

Milagro Workshop in Patzcuaro

DIA DE MUERTOS

Night Vigil for the Souls of the Innocents

Overnight Cemetery Visits 

WELCOME BASKET

Night arrivals may like to opt for a beautiful welcome basket,

so you can enjoy a picnic, wine or beer upon arrival.  If your flight is arriving after 8 PM, consider this comforting option.  Your driver will bring it to the airport or bus station, and you can return the wares at your convenience.

Picnic baskets include a spreadable and hard cheese, crackers, salami, olive tapenade, nuts, and jelly.  We provide you with glasses, plates, small bowls, cutlery, a cork screw and napkins.

If you would like local wine, beer or mezcal, we ask for two weeks advance notice to put in an order.  We will send you a list of what we have available!

PERSONAL SERVICES

If you would like to book any appointments while you are here, we can arrange for some self-pampering for you.  Please contact us in advance to ensure we can get you an appointment.

 

Services Available include:

Massage

Pedicure

Manicure

Eyelash Extensions

 

Need something else?  Just email us with your request!

 

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RESERVATIONS

We require a 20% non-refundable deposit to confirm your reservation.

Full payment is due by September 1, 2022

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations made after September 1, 2022 are non-refundable.

You may transfer your tour to a friend or family member at your own discretion, so long as they are in the right age group for this tour.

INSURANCE MATTERS

We are not an insurance company.  Please make sure you read the fine print on your airline reservations, and purchase travel and medical insurance.


 

SUGGESTED KIT LIST

We highly recommend packing lightly, with a layered capsule wardrobe.  This time of year is the end of our rainy season, meaning nights can be cool, days warm, but with intermittent rain showers.  Keep this in mind when choosing your outfits.

We will do a substantial amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must.  If you are worried about packing too much, there are plenty of stores here where one can find anything you really need.

SUGGESTED ADDITIONS TO YOUR REGULAR LIST

Compact Umbrella

Rain Boots

Light Rain Jacket

Small Back Pack

Extra Socks

PDF DOWNLOADS

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