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TOUR PRICE:  TBA

Accommodations are Customized

Dates:  January 14 - 31, 2022

Group Size:  10-14

Age Group:  19+

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

SPANISH
ON
WHEELS

SPANISH ON WHEELS 2022
Learn Spanish in El Bajio, Mexico
 

Soul of Mexico Tours is proud to present a hands-on, travelling Spanish class that allows guests to learn conversational Spanish through hands-on participation.  Far from the traditional setting of a classroom, this experience includes daily language classes using a variety of learning tools, including Power-Point lessons that you will download onto a smart phone or ipad, flashcards, taking notes, and having the chance to learn Spanish while on the road in Mexico. 

 

Class times will vary each day, and will include a lot of conversational practice.  Not only will our group learn from our instructor, but also from one another, as vocabulary questions become part of our daily lessons. 

 

Our class begins and ends in Mexico City, making it accessible to anyone in Mexico or around the world.  If you would like to book a Spanish Class on Wheels for a private group, we can travel anywhere in Mexico!  Please contact us for more information.

 
 
LOCATION
Mexico State, Queretaro & Michoacan
 

Located in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Valley of Mexico is most famous as the home of Mexico City and the powerful ancient city of Teotihuacan.  The saline waters of Lake Texcoco were drained by the Spanish in the 17th Century, and the city constructed on soft clay beds left behind.  Though much of the city's water supply still arrives through aquifiers, the 1850's saw large-scale drilling for potable water found beneath the city.  Today, as that water supply dries up, the city continues to sink at an average of 5-40 cm per year, depending on the area.  Some parts of Mexico City have dropped as much as 30 feet since the early 1900's.  

 

Santiago de Queretaro is located in the highlands of Queretaro, though the state itself has 3 geographical zones, being the Mesa del Centrol, Sierra Madre Oriental and Huasteca, which due to a lower altitude, is more tropical and lush.  

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.

Mexico City International Airport has ample flights, and you may decide to connect to a beach destination such as the Maya Riviera, Zihuatanejo or Puerta Vallarta following our stay at Agua Blanca resort.  Those of you who wish to further your travels in our area will be in close proximity to a number of important historical cities and towns, including the Pueblo Magico's of Villa de Bravo, Tepoztlan and Taxco, and UNESCO protected cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City.  We can organize a separate tour for your group, or assist you with a self-guided tour itinerary that includes the highlights of your chosen route.

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TOUR ITINERARY
Destinations, Activities & Parties
 

Mexico City, Mexico:  January 8-11, 2022

Tequisquiapan, Queretaro:  January 11-13, 2022

Bernal, Queretaro:  January 13-15, 2022

Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro:  January 15-17, 2022

Patzcuaro, Michoacan:  January 17-22, 2022

Morelia, Michoacan:  January 22-24, 2022

Jungapeo, Michoacan:  January 24-26, 2022

Tour Ends on January 26, 2022 in Mexico City

 
Mexico City Zocalo

WELCOME

TO 

MEXICO CITY

quick facts

State:  Mexico State
Location:  South Central Mexico
Altitude:  2250 Meters / 7381 Feet
Founded:  Tenochitlan Founded by Mexicas 1325 AD  Mexico City by Hernan Cortes August 13, 1521
UNESCO Designation:  1987 (Includes Xochimilco)
Economy:  Construction, production of iron, steel, textiles & yarn, plastics, furniture, cement and tourism.
Population:  8855 Million (2015)
Name:  Tenochitlan is thought to mean "Among the prickly pears growing among rocks"  Mexico refers to "Place of the Mexi," but could also mean  "Place at the Center of the Moon" or "Land of the War God."
  
 
 

Welcome to your Spanish Class on Wheels!

Day One:  Sunday, January 9, 2022

City Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

Please be in Mexico City by 5PM to meet your guides and fellow guests.  We will meet in the hotel lobby at 5:30 for transport to dinner.  If you would like assistance getting to the hotel, we can make arrangements for you.  

This evening, we will enjoy a welcome-dinner followed  by a Tenampa, which is a special activity that includes Mariachi Bands.  Expect loud music, great drinks and a wonderful atmosphere.  If you do not wish to join us for the Tenampa, we can arrange an Uber from the restaurant, back to our hotel.

Our first day does not include a Spanish Class, but is more for guests to get acquainted.

Our Lady Guadalupe & The City of Gods

Day Two:  Monday, January 10, 2022

City Location:  Mexico City, Mexico


 

Iconic in Mexico, Our Lady Guadalupe is a complex and important facet of Mexico’s culture from the indigenous roots of Tepic Hill, to the vision of Our Lady Guadalupe, whom you will see in many places, including public buses, taxis, restaurants, gardens, on clothing, jewellery and other art mediums. From the Basilica, we will travel to the Archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, fondly called the Ancient City of Gods. Our guided tour starts with lunch at Tlacaleli Restaurant, followed by the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, Alley of Death, Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and Temple of Jaguars. There is a museum on site, and beautiful gift shop for those seeking reproductions of pottery pieces. We will meet at the gate behind the Pyramid of the Sun at 5 PM for dinner, prior to returning to the city.
 

All Meals are Separate

Entrance Fees to Teotihuacan included

VOYAGE TO THE AZTEC AGRICULTURAL HEARTLAND

Day Three:  Tuesday, January 11, 2022

City Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

This morning we will make our way to Xochimilco, first stopping at the Dolores Olmedo Museum.  We will then explore the ancient Aztec agricultural technology in the wetlands of Xochimilco. Board a colourful trajinera, which is a manually operated wooden boat, and drift through the floating gardens, or chinampas, of the lush and tranquil water-ways. We will have the chance to visit an authentic chinampa to learn about the technology behind their construction, and a flower market, where countless marigolds and other traditional flowers are grown for Dia de Muertos celebrations. We will enjoy a charcuterie picnic and mezcal tasting aboard our boat, and guests are welcome to purchase beer and wine for the cooler.

This evening, guests may choose to attend the Folkloric Ballet at the Bellas Artes Palace, depending on ticket availability.  Please contact us ahead of time if you would like us to book your tickets.


 

Entrance to Dolores Olmedo Museum included

Trajinera boat ride included

Charcuterie picnic included

Mezcal tasting included

All other meals are separate

Tickets for Folkloric Ballet not included

Morelia - Sanctuary of Our Lady Guadalup

WELCOME

TO 

MORELIA

quick facts

State:  Michoacan
Location:  Central Mexico - Bajio Region
Altitude:  1920 Meters / 6400 Feet
Founded:  Nahua Culture 7th Century 
P'urepecha Culture 12th Century
Matlatzincas Culture 12th-15th Century
Spanish 1525-1526 under Gonzalo Gomez
UNESCO Designation:  1991
Economy:  Tourism, Education, Production of cooking oil, flour, cement, plastics, bottling and candies
Seat Population:  743,275 (2020)
Name: From 1545 to 1828 formerly called Valladolid.  It was changed to Morelia to honor Jose Maria Morelos following Mexico's War of Independence.
  
 
 

The Aristocrat of Mexico

Day Four:  Monday, October 25, 2021

City Location:  Morelia, Michoacan

This morning we check out of our hotel and make our way to the ancient city of Tula.  Today, we will have breakfast to-go, so we can eat in the van during our commute.  The Atlantean Statues of Tula are famous, yet this is a site rarely visited by foreigners.  We will have lunch before finishing our commute to the UNESCO Protected centro of Morelia, which is considered to be the most Spanish of all Mexico Cities, coined "The Aristocrat City."

After checking into our hotel, we will have dinner.  If guests would like to take an evening tour of the city, we highly recommend it.  One of your team leaders will assist with tickets and join you for this lovely night tour.


Breakfast to-go is provided

All other meals are separate

Entrance to Tula included

Night bus tour is optional

FIESTA DE LA CATRINA ALTAR & COSTUME PARTY

Day Five:  Tuesday, October 26, 2021

City Location:  Morelia, Michoacan

This morning we will enjoy a lovely champagne breakfast followed by a walking tour of the historical centro. Following lunch enjoy free time for the afternoon. Our private, 3rd Annual Fiesta de la Catrina Costume Party at Morelia’s top rated Cielo Cocina Fusion begins at 6:00 PM. We will be building an altar tonight, so please bring a small, framed photograph of a loved one who has passed. We will have door prizes for the 3 best costumes, and a professional make-up artist who will paint guests faces. Enjoy live entertainment and a 5 course set menu.  Please let us know if you are a vegetarian, or have any allergies.


 

Fiesta de la Catrina Tickets Included

Beverages are separate

Make-up art included

Tips are encouraged for restaurant staff & musicians

All other meals are separate

PARTY DETAILS

Cielo Cocina Fusion will host us with
a lovely 5 course menu.

Face Paint Artist
 
Live Entertainment by Gypsy-Jazz Band
Dusty Fingers

 
Please bring a framed photograph of a loved one who has passed.  Photo should be no larger than a 4x6.  

Door Prizes for the 3 Best Costumes

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Soul of Mexico Tours 

- PRESENTS -

Our Third Annual
Fiesta de la Catrina

CIELO COCINA FUSION

Terraza, Blvd. García de León 700, Nueva Chapultepec, 58280 Morelia, Michoacan Mexico

Doors Open 6:00 - Entertainment 6:00-10 PM

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La Catrina

AN EVOLVING TRADITION

The Catrina has become an iconic symbol of Dia de los Muertos, though her history is rather complex. Originating with print-maker, cartoonist and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) of Aguascalientes, La Catrina was Posada’s satirical critique of native Mexicans who impoverished themselves at the expense of aspiring to European aristocracy. Politically, Jose Guadalupe Posada’s satires were critiques of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz, whose reign created polar extremes between the wealthy and impoverished. While Diaz is praised for contributing to the financial stability of Mexico through modernization, he was also materialistic, corrupt and quite obsessed with European excesses. This era is important in the history of Mexico, as it sparked the 1910 rebellion that ended Diaz’s rule in 1911, while igniting the Mexican Revolution.

 

The most famous calavera sketch, La Calavera Garbancera, shows a woman dressed in her chapeau en attende, or European style hat. Presented as “Skull of the female stripper who is married to a Dandy,” the leaflet describes her as being embarrassed of and in denial of her indigenous identity.

Posada died in poverty in 1913, and wasn’t recognized until the 1920’s. La Calavera Garbancera remained relatively obscure until Diego Rivera completed his famous mural, Sueno de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday afternoon along Central Alameda). This mural includes iconic Mexicans from over a 400 year period, including Benito Juarez, Father Hidalgo, Jose Guadalupe Posada, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera himself. In this mural, Rivera included La Catrina, and created her with a full figure, in an elegant dress. His addition of a feather serpent boa,  emblematic  of  the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, not only connected La Catrina to the ancient indigenous origins Posada was originally alluding to, but also presented her as a woman who is proud of her heritage. This clever interpretation focused less on the shame and poverty presented by Posada’s original piece, and instead depicted indigenous peoples as an elegant, beautiful culture that is proud and important. The use of La Catrina in this mural also informs the viewer that no matter our beauty, pride, wealth or importance, death happens to all of us – and that in the end, we are all equal - with perhaps, the exception of La Catrina, who continues to live on. This is a prodigious statement, as the mural itself tells a story about Mexico that not only includes the victors, corrupt leaders, oppressors, leaders and heroes - but ultimately humanizes the indigenous narrative by illustrating their survival in spite of Spanish Colonial rule.

 

La Catrina's presence in Rivera's Sueno de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Centra is exceptionally political, and is perhaps the reason why La Catrina became inseparable from Mexican iconography - for she is the only fictional character out of 400, smiling at the audience from her central position. The fact that she is holding Diego Rivera's hand speaks to the artists' intention to make her the most important character of all.

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Rivera’s mural was painted between 1946-47, and was originally at the end of Alameda Park. During the 1985 earthquake that shook much of Mexico City to her foundations, the mural miraculously survived while everything fell down around her. The mural is now housed in the Museo Mural Deigo Rivera, across the street from the original location.

 

Posada's decision to represent an indigenous woman as a calavera certainly connected her to the ancient death rituals predominant in the ancient empires of Mexico, which is likely why La Catrina is most celebrated during Dia de los Muertos celebrations, despite her being just over 100 years old.

 

Following Diego Rivera's depiction of Catrina came the next artistic response to Posada's original idea. Born in Morelia, Michoacan Mexico on July 4, 1942, prolific Maestro Juan Torres studied at the Popular School of Fine Arts, and with Maestro Alfredo Zalce. Working in various mediums from paint to sculpture, it was 1982 when Torres first began delving into work with clay.

It wasn’t until 2012 when La Catrina would evolve from the visual & handicraft arts, to one that begged for audience participation in the form of a performing arts installation. Having embarked on a journey of mysticism with an indigenous shaman, Uruapan artist Jesus Alexandre was called to create a series of art installations that would later become an important body of work entitled “Dia de los Muertos: A Human Celebration of Life.” His first installation, Esto es Vida, includes the family of his friend and shaman, and was created in response to a peyote induced vision. Alexandre went on to create a public installation that called for 51 participants, all clad in fancy outfits and painted faces.

 

It was at this time, Alexandre conceptualized an ever-evolving Catrina – which began by reaching back prior to Posada's 1913 La Calavera Garbancera, in order to explore pre-Hispanic indigenous relationships with life and death. From pre-Hispanic origins, Alexandre has since brought La Catrina forward, transcending the French-loving, extravagant and materialistic Catrina, to one we can all relate to. In the Fall of 2017, Alexandre would take this concept to Europe, where he created 4 major installations in Spain, as well as smaller installations in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

 

And just like that –La Catrina left Mexico to turn heads around the world.

If you are interested in acquiring prints by Jesus Alexandre, or would like your portrait taken in costume, please contact us for more information on his "Timeless" project.

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Installation by Jesus Alexandre

Photographed in Spain

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WELCOME

TO 

PATZCUARO

quick facts

State:  Michoacan, Mexico
Location:  Western Michoacan / P'urepecha Plateau
Altitude:  2140 Meters / 7021 Feet
Founded:  1320's by P'urepecha Culture
Economy:  Tourism and some Agriculture
Seat Population:  51 124 (2005)
Name:  There are several translations, including Phascuaro (Place Dyed Black), Patatzecuaro (Place of Foundations), and Petatzimícuaro (Place of Bullrushes).  Other translations include "Happy Place" and "Seat of Temples."
  
 

Cooking in the P'urepecha Meseta

Day Seven:  Wednesday, October 27, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

UNESCO officially recognized Mexican Cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, and our journey to the small village of San Jeronimo Purenchecuaro today will confirm the importance of preserving indigenous gastronomy traditions.  Rosalba Moreles Bartolo has represented P'urepecha cuisine internationally, on television, and in her own household, where she invites guests to come and cook with her.     
 

Cooking Class & Meal Included

All other Meals are separate

A Day for Creativity

Day Six:  Thursday, October 28, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Though a more recent tradition, Capula is now home to Michoacan's only La Catrina Festival, which runs for 10 days prior to Dia de Muertos.  We will spend the morning painting our very own Catrina dolls in the studio of Miguel Angel Torres and Adriana Espinosa Cortes.  Our break for lunch will include a tour of a bakery, to learn about the traditional Pan de Muertos, and a chance to explore the artisan market and festival grounds.  We will also visit the famed studio of local Maestro, Juan Torres, for anyone who wants to purchase his famous Catrina dolls.      


 

Catrina doll workshop included

Bakery tour and Pan de Muertos included

All meals are separate

Tata Vasco's Pueblo Hospital

Day Eight:  Friday, October 29, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

This morning we will board a boat from Ucazanaztacua for the charming Isla de Pacanda of Lago de Patzcuaro. We will have the opportunity to sample local traditional foods here, and visit the cemetery while it is being cleaned and prepared for Dia de Muertos. Upon returning to the mainland, we will visit the ancient capital of the P’urepecha Empire.  Tzintzuntzan means “Place of Hummingbirds,” and features Yacatas, which are tombs. The village of Tzintzuntzan is home to the Santa Ana Convent, and oldest olive trees of the Americas. There is also a wonderful handicraft market here.


 

Our last stop will be in Santa Fe de la Laguna, where we will observe one of the oldest post-Colonial traditions of this region, called Pueblo Hospital. Maintained since the mid-1500’s when Quiroga first set up Pueblo Hospital in Santa Fe de la Laguna, this is very special to witness.

We will return to Patzcuaro for our 7:00 PM reservation at Santo Huacal.


 

Boat ride included

Dinner at Santo Huacal included

All beverages are separate

All other meals are separate

Michoacan's Wonder of the World

Day Nine:  Saturday, October 30, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Today’s adventure begins early, with a Breakfast To-Go, which we can eat in the van.   We will first visit master shawl makers of which the P'urepecha village of Angahuan is famed for.  We will then begin our pilgrimage to the church ruins of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which can be made on foot or horseback.  This auspicious church was devoured by Paricutin Volcano in 1943, though the lava stopped before swallowing the church alter.  In 1997, Paricutin Volcano was recognized by CNN as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, due to this being the first volcano born before human eyes.  Today, scientists are monitoring this region due to suspicions of a new volcano nearby.

 

From San Juan Parangaricutiro, we will head to the small village of Zacan for lunch with celebrated local P'urepecha chef, Dona Pera.


 

Breakfast to-go included

Lunch in Zacan included

All other meals are separate

Horseback riding is optional

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Dia de los Angellitos - Night Vigil

Day Ten:  Sunday, October 31, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

The enchanting Pueblo Magico town of Santa Clara del Cobre welcomes us with a demonstration at the Perez Family home, where the artists will work the bellows and forge copper with fire and hammers before our eyes. You will have the opportunity to purchase signed pieces directly from the family, or custom order pieces. We will spend some time browsing the shops and galleries by the plaza before departing for lunch at Rancho la Mesa, which overlooks Lake Patzcuaro with views of Isla de Janitzio.


 

Upon returning to Patzcuaro, we will enjoy some free time so guests can rest or further explore the town. We recommend a light dinner for this evening, as we will depart Patzcuaro around 8 PM for a night vigil in a small village, where we will be given tamales and other traditional foods in exchange for gifts. Please bring $200 pesos each, to purchase gifts and flowers for our hosts. Please note: As this is a night vigil, we will not return to Patzcuaro until around midnight.


 

Copper demonstration included

Please bring $200 Pesos each for gifts and flowers

All meals are separate

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to high traffic during Dia de Muertos, we welcome other guests to join us for these two nights.  If you have friends or relatives who live here and only want the two night tour, please contact us for more information.

La Ruta del Panteon

Day Eleven:  Monday, November 1, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

We will not be announcing our plans for Dia de Muertos, as our aim is to avoid the mass-crowds during Dia de Muertos. Please get plenty of rest this day, as we will be out in the cemeteries until approximately 3 AM. Traffic can be an issue during Dia de Muertos, so we ask guests to be patient and understanding.


 

Please be respectful of the locals by not taking close-up photographs without permission, and refrain from using your flash in the cemeteries.


 

All meals separate

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to high traffic during Dia de Muertos, we welcome other guests to join us for these two nights.  If you have friends or relatives who live here and only want the two night tour, please contact us for more information.

Vino de Mexico

Day Twelve:  Tuesday, November 2, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Due to our late night out, we are scheduling our champagne brunch for 11 AM. Following brunch, guests have a day to relax. If you would like to continue exploring the cemeteries, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements for you (not included).

 

Tonight we will dine at Bistro Monarca restaurant in Patzcuaro to sample select award winning wines from Mexico, paired with beautiful cuisine.


 

Champagne Brunch TBA is included

Dinner & Wine Tasting included

Agua Blanca Resort, Jungapeo Michoacan (

WELCOME

TO 

JUNGAPEO

quick facts

State:  Michoacan
Location:  Eastern Michoacan
Altitude:  1,463 Meters / 4800 Feet
Founded:  P'urepecha Culture
Economy:  Tourism
Seat Population:  21,548 (2015)
Name: Jungapeo is a Chichimeca word that means "Yellow Place."
  
 

Medicinal Waters of the Tuxpan Sheild

Day Thirteen:  Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Resort Location:  Jungapeo, Michoacan

This morning we will check out of our hotel by 10 AM for the sub-tropical village of Jungapeo where guests can unwind in the garden or spend the afternoon soaking in the medicinal spring waters at Agua Blanca Resort. Please note – these are not hot springs, so though the mineral waters are medicinal, they are temperate to warm.


 

This evening, join us for an optional Temzacal sweat lodge and enjoy a relaxed sleep.


 

Breakfast is separate

Lunch & Dinner included

Temazcal is separate

La Ruta del Panteon

Day Fourteen:  Thursday, November 4, 2021

Resort Location:  Jungapeo, Michoacan

Enjoy a full day of rest to process all you have experienced on this journey. Book a massage, hike around the gardens and large property, soak in the pools, or read a book.

If you are not one to relax, please confirm an extra tour ahead of time, so we can make arrangements. There are a number of activities to enjoy in the Jungapeo region, including the ancient city of Zirahuato-San Felipe de los Alzati, the market in Zitacuaro, or bird watching, to name a few.


 

All meals are included

Massage and Temazcal are separate

Optional Tours not included 

There and Back Again

Day Fifteen:  Friday, November 5, 2021

Airport Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

This morning we depart Jungapeo for Mexico City at 9 AM following breakfast. Please note: the return commute to Mexico City is approximately 4 hours, and you must check into the international airport 3 hours prior to boarding. If you are unable to book an evening flight, we can assist with hotel arrangements so you may depart on November 6th.  Please send us your flight time, so we can work on accommodating all guests.

If you are heading to a different destination, such as San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato City, Oaxaca, Zihuatanejo etc... we can book a private driver for you or assist with the bus.  Please contact us for more information and/or pro-rated price quote.


 

Breakfast Included

All other meals are separate

 

We hope you have a wonderful time exploring this important and mesmerizing celebration, and will join us again for future journeys.

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PHOTO GALLERIES

Mexico City
Teotihuacan, Xochimilco, City Centro

 
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Mexico City Zocalo

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Mexico City Zocalo

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Xochimilco

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Mexico City Zocalo

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Morelia
La Catrina Party, City Centro

Cielo Cocina Fusion owner Eddie has great party spirit!
Cielo Cocina Fusion owner Eddie has great party spirit!

Catrina Party at Cielo Cocina Fusion
Catrina Party at Cielo Cocina Fusion

Morelia
Morelia

Cielo Cocina Fusion owner Eddie has great party spirit!
Cielo Cocina Fusion owner Eddie has great party spirit!

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Patzcuaro
Patzcuaro & Lake Patzcuaro Region

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Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro
Patzcuaro

Embroidery of Teofila Servin, Sanabria
Embroidery of Teofila Servin, Sanabria

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Noche de Muertos
Lake Patzcuaro Region

Altar is lit
Altar is lit

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Dia de Muertos, Michoacan

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Dia de Muertos, Michoacan

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Altar is lit

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Jungapeo
Agua Blanca Resort

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Agua Blanca Resort, Jungapeo Michoacan (6)

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Agua Blanca Resort, Jungapeo Michoacan (3)

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Agua Blanca Resort, Jungapeo Michoacan (6)

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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 and art class while elaborating on the historical and cultural significance of these special activities.  

Accommodations are customized for your group, so are not included in the price.  This allows you more flexibility with sleeping arrangements and budget.  Though we will book the same hotels for everyone in Mexico City and Jungapeo, you can request budget to luxury accommodations in Morelia and Patzcuaro.  Please confirm early, as Dia de Muertos is our busiest season in Patzcuaro.     

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.  We generally have breakfast and depart for the day by 9 AM, with the exception of the Midnight Vigil and Noche de Muertos. 

 

Our schedule winds-down at the end of our tour, so you have the chance to relax and process all you've experienced before departing.  If you aren't ready to relax, we can organize additional activities for you (not included)

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.

Due to Covid-19, 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.

 
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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.

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 not included
Please fill out the form below and email us with your preferences

MEALS


4 Breakfasts

3 Champagne Breakfasts

1 Charcuterie Picnic

3 Lunches

5 Dinners

Tips are not included

All beverages are separate unless otherwise noted

TRANSPORTATION

 

Private Transport with Licensed Professional Guide Included

Trajinera Boat Ride Included

Boat Ride to Isla de Pacanda Included

Taxi from CDMX Airport to Hotel not included

Horseback Riding is not included

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

The Ancient City of Teotihuacan

The Ancient City of Tula

P'urepecha Capital of Tzintzuntzan

Optional tour to San Felipe los Alzati de Zirahuato is not included

UNESCO DESIGNATIONS

 

The Ancient City of Teotihuacan

Mexico City Historical Centre

Canals of Xochimilco

Morelia's Historical City Centre

Mexican Gastronomy - Cooking Class with Rosalba Morales Bartolo

Dia de Muertos - An Intangible Cultural Heritage

PUEBLO'S & VILLAGES

 

Angahuan

Capula

Cuanajo

Isla de Pacanda

Jungapeo

Mexico City (UNESCO)

Morelia (UNESCO)

Opongio

Patzcuaro (Pueblo Magico)

San Jeronimo Purenchecuaro

San Juan Parangaricutiro (Church Ruins)

Santa Ana Chapitiro

Santa Clara del Cobre (Pueblo Magico)

Santa Fe de la Laguna

Tzintzuntzan (Pueblo Magico)

Xochimilco (UNESCO)

Zacan

FIESTA'S & EVENTS

 

Mezcal Tasting & Charcuterie Picnic aboard trajinera

La Catrina Fiesta Costume & Altar Party at Cielo Cocina Fusion

Dinner Party at Santo Huacal

Wine Tasting & Dinner at Bistro Monarca

HANDS ON PARTICIPATION

 

Cooking Class with P'urepecha Chef Rosalba Morales Bartolo

Catrina Class with Miguel Angel Torres & Adriana Espinosa Cortes 

Optional Temazcal Sweat Lodge at Agua Blanca Resort is not included

Optional Massage at Agua Blanca Resort is not included

DIA DE MUERTOS

Night Vigil for the Souls of the Innocents

Overnight Cemetery Visits 

Daytime post-muertos cemetery tour not included

OTHER SERVICES

We provide a cooler with ice daily, so guests may keep beverages cold

The van will always be equipped with drinking water

We provide Hand Sanitizer, Sanitation Wipes, Hand-Wipes,

Tylenol, Gas-x, Gravol, Benadryl and a basic First Aid Kit. 

 

We have toilet paper on-hand for rest-stops in more remote locations,

as some bathrooms are not adequately equipped.  

Laundry services are available by load and weight.  We will announce laundry days once we are in Patzcuaro

RESERVATIONS

We require a 15% non-refundable deposit to confirm your reservation.

Full payment is due by September 22, 2021

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations made after September 22, 2021 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.

We ask all guests to provide us with emergency contact information, in the event of a medical emergency.  Please make sure your emergency contact person has the name and contact information for your insurance provider, unless you are willing to send us this information.  We destroy all personal records once the tour has ended.

A NOTE ABOUT EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

We require this information due to the frantic emergency of a dear colleague, whose guest took a very bad fall and was unconscious for several days.  The woman was travelling alone, and had not provided any emergency contact or insurance information.  She was eventually flown out of Mexico, though she didn't even have her policy with her.  After learning about this traumatic event, we decided it was mandatory to at least have emergency contact information for all of our guests.  Some guests are willing to give us the name and contact for their insurance companies, while others are wary.  Either way, if you are unwilling to give us this information, leave it with a trusted family member whose contact we have, so there is a way for us to contact someone with this very crucial and important information.
 

 

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 Umbrell