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TOUR PRICE BASED ON

COST SHARING

Dates:  October 21-November 3, 2022

Group Size:  14

Age Group:  29+

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
Jalisco & 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 in Guadalajara City, Jalisco, allowing easy access to the P'urepecha Meseta.  Our tour ends in Patzcuaro, giving guests the option of travelling by private driver or bus 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
 

1 Night - Guadalajara, Jalisco:  October 21, 2022

2 Nights - Paracho, Michoacan:  October 22-23, 2022

10 Nights - Patzcuaro, Michoacan:  October 24-November 2, 2022

Departure day is November 3, 2022

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY

Destinations, Activities & Parties

Welcome to your Dia de Muertos Experience!

Day One:  Friday October 21, 2022

Hotel Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Today we meet in Guadalajara City for dinner at 6 PM.  We will make introductions, discuss our itinerary and have an early night.

GATEWAY TO THE MESETA

Day Two:  Saturday October 22, 2022

Hotel Location: Paracho, Michoacan

Check-out and depart Guadalajara by 9 AM, visiting several small villages along our way to the guitar capital and Pueblo Magico, Paracho.  We will visit artist studios of the mesmerizing Purepecha Plateau.

SUNDAY MARKET & INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE

Day Three:  Sunday October 23, 2022

Hotel Location: Paracho, Michoacan

This morning we will enjoy the Sunday market of Paracho, departing after lunch to explore two nearby villages, one of which is famed for their indigenous resistance movement that rendered their self-government.

JOURNEY INTO THE MESETA

Day Four:  October 24, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Check-out and depart Paracho by 9 AM for the ruins of the church at San Juan Parangaricutiro.  Devoured by Paricutin Volcano in the 1940's, this is an exceptional site to see.  Enjoy lunch in a nearby village before heading to the Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro.

LA FIESTA DE LAS CATRINAS CLANDESTINA

Day Five:  October 25, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Enjoy a free day to explore the magical centro of Patzcuaro.  This evening we will meet at Plaza Grande at 6 PM and make our way to La Clandestina Fiesta de Las Catrinas.  Held in a secret location, this party includes a divine 6 course menu by two top chefs from Morelia and Patzcuaro, face painters to transform guests into skeletons, a mezcal expert with an interesting library of mezcal & tequila, Mexican wines and artisinal beer.  We have locally made prized for the 3 best costumes!  Please Note:  If you would like to book a private tour for the daytime, please contact us ahead of time so we can make arrangements.

P'UREPECHA CUISINE IN A TRADITIONAL COCINA

Day Six:  October 26, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Depart Patzcuaro by 9 AM for a small nearby village, where we will enjoy a half-day cooking class with indigenous cooks.  Learn to make authentic cuisine, and enjoy a feast for lunch.  We will visit the controversial and intriguing Temple of Santa Muerte on our return journey to Patzcuaro.

ART WORKSHOPS OF LAKE PATZCUARO

Day Seven:  Thursday October 27, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

We have art workshops available in Capula, Sanabria, Santa Clara del Cobre and Santa Ana Chapitiro.  Guests can choose from three different workshops of interest, and we will work our best to place you in your most coveted class.  Workshops include making a copper bracelet or small copper bowl, painting a Catrina doll, making a mug, learning embroidery stitches, or crafting a Milagro.  Please Note:  The mug project is only an experience.  Due to the time it takes to complete a piece of pottery, you will not have an example to take with you.  That said, you can always purchase something similar as a memento.

LA RUTA DEL MEZCAL & ALTAR PARTY

Day Eight:  Friday October 28, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Our morning begins with a visit to some artists who create feather paintings.  From there, we will explore La Ruta del Mezcal, where guests can sample Michoacan terroir. 

TACO'S TACO'S EVERYWHERE!

Day Nine:  Saturday October 29, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Enjoy a relaxing morning, and meet us at the Grand Plazsa at 12:00 for a walking tour of Patzcuaro, that includes Taco's and other street specialties!  This evening we will enjoy a dinner presentation with local expert Jaime Balderas of Animecha Tours, at Bistro Monarca.  Enjoy a set menu, and an educational introduction to this enchanting observaion.  Learn about the Dia de Muertos Altar, and leave a photo of a loved one who has passed, to honour their memory through this observation.

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Day Ten:  Sunday October 30, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Enjoy a free day to explore the many galleries and large art market in Patzcuaro, at your own pace.  Please Note:  If you would like to book a private tour for the daytime, please contact us ahead of time so we can make arrangements.

CAPULA MARKET & VIGIL DEL ANGELLITOS

Day Eleven:  Monday October 31, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

We will depart Patzcuaro at 9 AM for the Capula Art Festival.  Return to Patzcuaro by 1 PM to rest.  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 nearby billage.  Please bring extra pesos this evening, to purchase flowers and fruits for the families who will host us.  A very special and intimate evening, we will return to Patzcuaro at midnight.

NOCHE DE MUERTOS

Day Twelve:  Tuesday November 1, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

We will depart Patzcuaro at 11 AM for the nearby Pueblo Magico of Tzintzuntzan.  Here we will explore the intriguing history of the ancient ex-convent before witnessing a grand and majestic procession of families bringing altars to the cemetery.  We will depart Tzintzuntzan by 3 PM, returning to Patzcuaro to rest.  At 8 PM, we depart for a special dinner in a small village, before beginning our enchanting exploration of Dia de Muertos in the Lake Patzcuaro area.  Guests should be prepared to be out until approximately 4 AM, as the Vigils begin at Midnight.  We do not advertise our route for this evening, and ask our guests to remain flexible due to high traffic.

IT'S 5:00 SOMEWHERE 

Day Thirteen:  Wednesday November 2, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

We have a special brunch scheduled for 11:30 AM, which will have the option for mimosas, Italian Coffees, etc.  Brunch is included in the price of the tour, but the beverages and tips are separate.  This concludes our tour.  We recommend guests to spend the day resting and processing all that you have experienced on this fabulous tour!

DAY OF THE DEARLY DEPARTING

Day Fourteen:  Thursday November 3, 2022

Hotel Location: Patzcuaro, Michoacan

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

DIA DE MUERTOS 2021
An Intangible Cultural Heritage
 
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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 PRICES

Based on Cost Sharing

We can accept a maximum of 14 people for this tour.  If you know anyone who is interested, please gather a group of like-minded friends to ensure a lower price!  Contact us if you have any questions!

6 Minimum:  $40,000 MXN + Accommodations

7 Guests:      $36,000 MXN + Accommodations

8 Guests:      $34,000 MXN + Accommodations

9 Guests:      $32,000 MXN + Accommodations

10 Guests:    $30,000 MXN + Accommodations

11 Guests:    $29,000 MXN + Accommodations

12 Guests:    $28,000 MXN + Accommodations

13 Guests:    $27,000 MXN + Accommodations

14 Guests:    $26,000 MXN + 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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JAIME BALDERAS

LICENSED NATIONAL GUIDE

Jaime Balderas was born and raised in the Lake Patzcuaro region of Michoacan, has been a guide for over 18 years and is the proud owner of Animecha Tours.  Jaime completed the accredited tour guide training course offered by the SECTUR of the state of Michoacan, and is constantly updating his education through history courses, tourism seminars, and personal research.  Jaime is a member of Toastmasters International, which has allowed him to improve his communication skills to provide guests with an enriched understanding about the local culture, history, architecture, art forms, cuisine, archaeology and important cultural protocols.  Fluent in Spanish, English and proficient in the P'urepecha language, experiencing the Lake Patzcuaro region of Michoacan with Jaime Balderas is an educational experience you won't soon forget.  We are truly pleased to be working with Jaime for this Dia de Muertos experience, due to his thorough research, ease of engaging academic perspectives in an easy-to-understand communication style and his ethical approaches to cultural sensitivity.

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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 Jaime Balderas in 2015 on her first trip to Patzcuaro, and is very pleased to be working with such an esteemed and passionate historian for this Dia de Muertos experience.  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!

 

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

We will be updating this soon, with more PDF files containing information about this tour

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