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TOUR PRICE:  TBA

Dates:  October 21-November 6, 2021

Group Size:  10-14

Age Group:  19+

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

DIA DE
MUERTOS
2021

 DIA DE  MUERTOS 2022
An Intangible Cultural Heritage
 

Rooted in indigenous culture, Dia de Muertos is a celebration of life and ancestor worship, and one that ornaments the streets and cemeteries in vibrant colours and traditions. Coinciding with the fall harvest, this season marks a time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest, thus allowing the spirits of our ancestors to visit the living world. In ancient society here, an annual celebration to celebrate passed loved ones emerged, complete with offerings of food, gifts and pulque, which is a fermented agave beverage that preceded mezcal and tequila.  This rite remains one of the most important traditions in Mexico today.


Today, Dia de Muertos is a fusion of traditional and Christian rites. Some new aspects are starting to permeate older traditions, such as the introduction of La Catrina costumes being worn to the cemeteries by visitors. This has become especially popular since the release  of  Pixar’s  Coco,  though  is  not  practiced  by  locals   who observe this rite for their loved ones.

 

Our Dia de Muertos tour is an exciting experience that includes a range of activities and day tours. We will drift through the canals of Xochimilco, where many marigolds are grown, visit the ancient cities of Teotihuacan and Tzintzuntzan, celebrate Catrina at our Third Annual Catrina Costume party, explore many villages of the P’urepecha Plateau, partake in a cooking class with an award winning P'urepecha chef, visit mask makers and rebozo weavers, and the legendary town of Cheran, where indigenous women's resistance resulted in self-governance for the locals.  We will spend one night at a special night vigil for the souls of the innocent, and our Noche de Muertos tour will take us far from the tourist zone and into the authentic P'urepecha tradition.

Join us for this amazing exploration, now protected by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  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

 
LOCATION
Mexico State & 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 Mexico City, allowing easy access through Mexico City International Airport.  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 suggestions.

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TOUR ITINERARY
Destinations, Activities & Parties
 

Mexico CIty:  October 23-25, 2021

San Juan Teotihuacan:  October 25-26, 2021

Morelia, Michoacan:  October 26-27, 2021

Patzcuaro, Michoacan:  October 27-November 3, 2021

 
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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 Dia de Muertos Experience!

Day One:  Saturday, October 23, 2021

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 retire early after a long day of travel, so guests are well rested in the morning.

Dinner is Included

VOYAGE TO THE AZTEC AGRICULTURAL HEARTLAND

Day Two:  Sunday, October 24, 2021

City Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

This morning we will visit the Dolores Olmeda Museum and explore 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.

Breakfast is included

Charcuterie Picnic Lunch Included

Dolores Olmeda Entrance Fees Included

Mezcal Tasting Included

Please bring your own Beer and Wine

Please tip Boat Pilot

Dinner is separate

Our Lady Guadalupe & The City of Gods

Day Three:  Monday, October 25, 2021

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 Tepeyac Hill, to the vision of Our Lady Guadalupe, whom you will see in many places, including public buses, taxis, restaurants, gardens, on clothing, jewelry 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 our hotel for an early night.


 

Breakfast included

All other meals are separate

Entrance Fees to Teotihuacan included

Morelia - Sanctuary of Our Lady Guadalup

WELCOME

TO 

MORELIA

quick facts

State:  Michoacan

Location:  Central Mexico

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.

  
 
 

FIESTA DE LA CATRINA ALTAR & COSTUME PARTY

Day Four:  Tuesday, October 26, 2021

City Location:  Morelia, Michoacan

This morning we will depart Mexico City for the approximate 5 hour commute to the UNESCO city of Morelia.  We have reserved the afternoon for rest, as our 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.


 

Breakfast is included

Fiesta de la Catrina Tickets Included

Beverages are separate

Make-up art included

Tips are encouraged for restaurant staff & musicians

Lunch is 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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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 Five:  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.  We depart Morelia no later than 9 AM, to begin our class at 10 AM.  Following lunch, we will visit the Casa de la Santa Muerte in Santa Ana Chapitiro before arriving at our new hotel in the Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro.     
 

Breakfast is included

Cooking Class & Meal Included

All other Meals are separate

COPPER FORGED IN FIRE

Day Six:  Thursday, October 28, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

This morning we will depart Patzcuaro after breakfast for the Pueblo Magico town of Santa Clara del Cobre.  We will visit the home of a family of esteemed artists.  Guests will have a chance to buy directly from the artists before browsing through the shops in the centro.  We will enjoy stunning views from Rancho la Mesa for lunch before unwinding in Patzcuaro for an afternoon of free time to rest or explore the town.     


 

Breakfast is included

Tips recommended for Demonstration

All other meals are separate

Tata Vasco's Pueblo Hospital

Day Seven:  Friday, October 29, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Our first stop this morning begins at the ancient P'urepecha Capital of Tzintzuntzan.  Though not a large site, the Yacatas are a unique architectural style that contrast greatly from the temples of Teotihuacan.  Guests will have some free time to choose between visiting the cemetery, convent, or browsing through the handicraft market.  From Tzintzuntzan, we will visit Quiroga for lunch at Los Molcajetes before visiting the village most symbolic of Tata Vasco's Pueblo Hospital, which guests will learn about.  From Santa Fe de la Laguna, our last stop will be in Capula, to visit Juan Torres studio and the annual Catrina Festival, where dozens of artisans will have works on display.

 

Breakfast is included

All other meals are separate

BEYOND LAKE PATZCUARO

Day Eight:  Saturday, October 30, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Our adventure today delivers us to an unusual region for foreigners to visit, as it is beyond the parameters of the Lake Patzcuaro region.  We will visit mask makers, rebozo weavers and the legendary town of Cheran, where women led a resistance movement ten years ago and determined themselves as self-governed. 

Breakfast is included

All other meals are separate

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Dia de los Angellitos - Night Vigil

Day Nine:  Sunday, October 31, 2021

City Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Our tour today 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.

We are keeping today free, so guests can either rest, explore the shops or head out to explore on their own.  We can also book a guide for you, if you prefer a guided tour.  Some options include visiting the islands of Janitzio or Ucastanaztacua, Lake Zirahuen, or booking an art workshop.  Our workshops include painting a Catrina doll in Capula, making a copper bracelet in Santa Clara del Cobre, or taking an embroidery class in Sanabria.  Please let us know in advance, so we can make arrangements with the artists.


Please bring $200 Pesos each for gifts and flowers

Optional Tours & Workshops are not Included

Breakfast & Dinner are included

Lunch is separate

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.  We will depart Patzcuaro at 8 PM.


 

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

If you are highly energetic and prefer a tour for this day, please let us know well in advance.


 

Breakfast is included

All other meals are separate

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.


 

Brunch & Dinner are included

Wine Tasting included

Beverages are separate

Lunch is separate

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PHOTO GALLERIES

Mexico City
Teotihuacan, Xochimilco, City Centro

 
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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!

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

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Morelia
Morelia

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Cielo Cocina Fusion owner Eddie has great party spirit!

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Patzcuaro
Patzcuaro & Lake Patzcuaro Region

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Rosalba Morales Bartolo (4)

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Rosalba Morales Bartolo (5)

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

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Rosalba Morales Bartolo (4)

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Noche de Muertos
Lake Patzcuaro Region

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Altar is lit

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Dia de Muertos, Michoacan

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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.

 
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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
All Accommodations are Included (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement is $8000 MXN

MEALS


All Breakfasts

2 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

Taxi from CDMX Airport to Hotel not included

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

The Ancient City of Teotihuacan

P'urepecha Capital of Tzintzuntzan

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

Cheran

Cuanajo

Isla de Pacanda

Mexico City (UNESCO)

Morelia (UNESCO)

Patzcuaro (Pueblo Magico)

Pichataro

San Jeronimo Purenchecuaro

Santa Ana Chapitiro

Santa Clara del Cobre (Pueblo Magico)

Santa Fe de la Laguna

Sevina

Turicuaro

Tzintzuntzan (Pueblo Magico)

Xochimilco (UNESCO)

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

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 Umbrella

Rain Boots

Light Rain Jacket

Small Back Pack

Extra Socks

 

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