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EXPLORING LAKE PATZCUARO'S
DIA DE MUERTOS

October 31 - November 2, 2022
Custom Dates Available

HIDDEN TREASURES OF DIA DE MUERTOS

October 31 - November 2, 2022

In November 2003, UNESCO acknowledged Dia de Muertos as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.  With a unique perspective and approach to death, Dia de Muertos is a mysterious and often misunderstood observation that is rooted in the indigenous practice of ancestor worship.  Observing this rich and mysterious tradition is a life-changing and touching experience.

Join us for a fun and unique celebration that will introduce you to many important elements about Dia de Muertos and the Lake Patzcuaro tradition.

Questions?

Please email Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

 

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" Jen coordinated an interesting tour with an amazing guide, Jaime Balderas. Over 3 days we were able to visit crafts people in their home villages and studios and experience Day of the Dead vigils in several different locations, each one with a different emphasis in the way their loved ones were remembered."

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Liz Parkinson

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$7,000 MXN does not include hotels
 
TOUR LOCATION
Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico
TOUR DATES
October 31 - November 2, 2022
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  10+
Group Size:  10 (Min) - 18 (Max)
HOTEL LOCATION
Patzcuaro  (Not Included)
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ALTARS & MARIGOLDS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Tuesday October 31, 2022

This morning our group will meet at 9:30 AM for breakfast.  After a meal, and making introductions, we will depart for the small village of Capula, where the town hosts a huge art market mainly comprised of pieces from the local villagers.  We will depart Capula no later than 2 PM, returning to Patzcuaro to rest.

 

 we will meet at Bistro Monarca Restaurant by 5:30 PM for our altar party and fascinating lecture by Jaime Hernandez, about the historical origins and symbolism behind Dia de Muertos, so you will understand this tradition before we embark on our pilgrimage to the vigils and cemetery observations.

Please bring a 4 x 6 (or smaller) photo of a deceased loved one for the altar

At 8 PM, we will head to a small village for the Vigil del Angellitos.  We ask guests to bring $50-$100 Pesos each, to purchase flowers and fruit for our offrendas, which we will build and bring to our host families as gifts.

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Breakfast and Dinner Included

Drinks + drink tips separate

Visual presentation & lecture included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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PILGRIMAGE ACROSS LAKE PATZCUARO

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday November1, 2022

 

We will depart Patzcuaro at 11 AM for the Pueblo Magico of Tzintuntzan to witness the beginnings of this incredible celebration.  Explore the archaeological site, or visit the convent and museum before we have lunch at Las Yacatas.  We will then head for the cemetery to witness a procession of offrendas being delivered by the families of those who are being honoured.  This is a loud and happy party that can also get emotional at times, so be prepared to experience something completely unforgettable and life-changing.  We will return to Patzcuaro around 3 PM to rest.

At 8 PM we will depart Patzcuaro for a most enchanting and unforgettable night which includes dinner with an indigenous family, small and intimate vigils in lesser-visited villages, and a private boat ride on Lake Patzcuaro with a few special surprises!  We do not announce our route for this part of our tour, as we work hard to keep it a secret!  We can tell you that our route is different from that of the main tour companies, and we will intersect with small crowds at only one location.

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Lunch & Dinner is included

Drinks & Drink Tips are separate

Private boat ride included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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SECOND BREAKFAST

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday November 2, 2022

 

After such a long day and early morning, we have scheduled brunch to begin at 11:30 AM this morning!  For those who rise early, regardless of getting to bed so late, this could be your second breakfast!  Whatever the case, we are scheduled for a lovely brunch with Italian coffee, Caesars and Mimosas on the menu, for those who wish to celebrate.  Our Second Breakfast Brunch is our last group gathering, so guests may discuss all you've seen, and have one last chance to visit with new friends you've made along the way.  We encourage you to spend the day relaxing and processing your Dia de Muertos experience, and enjoying an early night for your departure the following day.

Please Note:  Some guests have departed after Brunch - opting to leave at around 2 PM for home nearby, or next destination.

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Breakfast included

Drinks + drink tips separate

Transportation is not included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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CONSIDERATIONS DURING THIS TOUR

Please consider a donation:  We will be hosted in one particular remote community where the locals put on a special event for us.  Please consider bringing a donation for their efforts.  The money donated will be used for community meals, and will be very much appreciated.  Suggested donation is $100 Pesos per person, though you are certainly welcome to offer more, depending on how much you enjoy this experience.  

Trick or Treat:  Local children now celebrate the tradition of trick-or-treat, and will ask for money or candies.  We realize some guests find this an appalling affront to the tradition of Dia de Muertos; however, their parents and families allow this - and culture is not static.  We are here to observe new traditions, which is as exciting for us, as getting candies is for the young children.  If you choose to carry pesos for the children, we can get 1 peso coins, as this is sufficient per child!  If you would like to hand out candies, please let us know and we can recommend a store.

Catrina Face:  Since the release of Pixar's Coco, guests have been painting their faces before heading out to the cemeteries.  If you have your face painted during the day, we ask you to remove face paint before boarding the van.  Though you will see a lot of nationals and tourists in Catrina-face on the night of Muertos, Catrina is not traditional among the local indigenous peoples, and could come across as very offensive.  It is one thing for a culture to evolve on its own, and another for outsiders to force influence on such changes.  You will see some indigenous children with face paint, but so far, this is not customary among teenagers, adults or elders.  We organize our Catrina Party so guests can enjoy the fun of a masquerade, without trampling indigenous traditions or causing unnecessary offence.

For your own comfort:  Weather can be inclement at this time of year, so please be prepared for rainy skies.  An umbrella is highly recommended, along with rain gear and a pair of sturdy boots.  Expect the cemeteries to be very slippery if it rains, a there will be a lot of mud.  Some light snacks and water bottle are nice to have.  As we will be on a boat for the latter part of the morning, we suggest leaving a small blanket/warm jacket and change of socks on the bus, for the ride back to Patzcuaro. 

Questions?

Please email Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

 

INCLUSIONS & RESERVATIONS

TRANSPORTATION
Sprinter Van
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANTS
Licensed National Guides
Logistics Manager / Coordinator
PRIVATE BOAT RIDE
Noche de Muertos boat ride on Lake Patzcuaro is private
EDUCATIONAL
Lecture & Presentation
MEALS
Breakfast x 2
Lunch x 1
Dinner x 2

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

We require a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm your reservation.

The full balance is due on September 28, 2023

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