DIA DE MUERTOS CELEBRATIONS

A UNESCO Designated Intangible Human History

From Mexico City to the P'urepecha Plateau

Quick Info

Starting Location:  Mexico City

Ending Location:  Mexico City

Dates:  Oct. 24 - Nov. 4, 2020

Duration:  12 Days / 11 Nights

Group Size:  8 Min / 16 Max

Age Group:  Adults Only

Hotel Locations:  4

Physical Rating:  Energetic

Altitude:  Appr. 7200 Feet +

 

TRAVEL OPTIONS

There are many options for travel following this tour.  Please let us know if you prefer to continue traveling, rather than returning to Mexico City on November 4th.  Easy bus travel includes Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato City & Zihuatanejo.  A longer, but easy bus ride includes Zacatecas or San Luis Potosi.  You can also find inexpensive flights to most Mexican cities through Guadalajara and Toluca airports.

 

The options are truly endless - and we are here to help! 

PRICE
$50,000 MXP EACH
Based on shared accommodations
Travelling Solo?  
Single Supplement is $10,000 MXP
If you are willing to share a double room with someone of the same sex, we can try to make arrangements for you for reduced price.

Day of the Dead is 

a Celebration of Life

Dia de Muertos is an auspicious and magical time of year, when indigenous peoples engage in ancestor worship.  This sacred observation is one that involves an intensity of preparation and planning, which we will witness in the week leading up to November 1.  We ask our guests to read through the cultural protocols for this tour, out of respect for the locals and the fact that they welcome us to observe their annual ritual.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  

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  • Frida Kahlo & Leon Trotsky Museum

  • Chapultapec Castle and/or Museum of Anthropology

  • Witchcraft Market to Isla de las Munecas, Xochimilco

  • Ancient City of Teotihuacan

  • La Catrina Art Festival in Capula

  • Pueblo Magico's Patzcuaro & Santa Clara del Cobre

  • La Ruta de Mezcal

  • La Fiesta de la Catrina & Altar Party

  • Two days observing Dia de Muertos cemeteries & traditions

  • UNESCO City of Morelia

 

BE CONSCIOUS OF LOCAL ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE

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  • Please carry refillable water bottle & to-go mug (we will have water available in the van for refills)

  • Please dress modestly for touring traditional villages.  Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than just above the knee.  Modest neck-lines are recommended as a sign of respect.

  • Reserve La Catrina face paint for our party - it is not a local indigenous practice to dress up for cemetery visits.

  • Ask permission before taking close-up photographs.  During Night of Muertos, please do not use your flash.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR ALTAR!

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  • If you have a deceased loved one you wish to honor for Dia de Muertos, please bring a framed photograph no larger than 4x6 size.  There will be many photos for the altar.

  • We will place photos on the Altar during our La Catrina Fiesta at Cielo Cocina Fusion.  In true Muertos style, we will celebrate and remember those we wish to honor.

  • You may bring a small candy to leave on the Altar, as an offrenda.  Traditionally, this is something that was a favourite of your loved one.  This should not be perishable!

  • Please bring a white votive candle that is scent-free.

WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD FELLOW TRAVELER

 

  • Punctuality - crucial for fluid travel

  • Flexibility - always expect the unexpected

  • Participation - including one daily group photo

  • Consideration - please don't chit chat during presentations

  • Cooperation - the rules are made for all of us, including you

  • Respect - for local customs & protocols

  • Diplomacy - agree to disagree about politics & religion​

  • Confidence - know your limits 

Introducing Mexico's Sacred

Dia de Muertos

Autumn has long been considered an auspicious time in many cultures around the world who acknowledge the changing colours as trees shed their leaves and the last of the crops become ripe for harvest. This is a transformative time of year when many living things enjoy their final moments before winter sets in. This fragile line is a promising window between the world of the living and the dead – a time when the veil between the two is so thin, it becomes near invisible.

 

As this is a holiday of national importance, there are many preparations that take place behind the scenes, such as growing enough flowers to supply countless cemeteries throughout the land. Traditional altar frames must be constructed, to be later decorated with an abundance of flowers. Grand arch-frames are also adorned with flowers and raised in key places, as doorways between the living and the dead. The cemeteries must be cleansed and cleared, to make way for a fresh and elaborate display of flowers, candles, food offerings, photographs and other elements significant to this observation. As Dia de Muertos draws near, the locals are in full action, creating beautiful flower-petal pathways from their homes to the cemeteries, erecting their altars on the graves of their loved ones, and preparing to light the candles. To imagine – all of this is happening as the annual cycle of the most important indigenous crop is coming to a close, with the corn harvest. To call this an important and busy time is an understatement.

 

There are a number of different flowers associated with Dia de Muertos. Most of them have a very strong scent, as it is believed this is pleasing to the souls of the ancestors. The most prominent flower is called cempasuchi – which is known in English as marigold. The Nahuatl root of this word is cempohualxochitl. Cempohual is in reference to the number 20, and when combined with xochitl, the word for flower, cempohualxochitl translates as “flower with 20 petals.” Due to the bright yellow hue, reminiscent of the sun, marigolds were of significant importance to the sun worshipping Mexica. These flowers have been used for funerary rites and to adorn tombs since pre-Hispanic times. It is interesting to note – in 2016, the marigold harvest of Mexico was worth an estimated 80.4 million pesos (SIAP).

 

Terciopelo Rojo is also known as the cockscomb flower. Red in colour, this flower grows in various conditions and can last up to 8 weeks. It is unclear as to whether or not this flower was used in pre-Hispanic times, as it is most conflated today as representing the blood of Christ. There is much evidence of Christianity in modern Dia de Muertos celebrations, including crosses on graves, and this red flower is used to adorn the cemeteries, creating a beautiful contrast of colour with the bright yellow and orange marigolds.

 

Other flowers made their way from the Mediterranean and Asia to the cemeteries of Dia de Muertos. Hoary Stock, or Alheli Blanco, is a white flower often placed on the graves of young children. Baby’s breath is sometimes arranged together with hoary stock. Chrysanthemums from Asia are also used by some during Dia de Muertos, and this is directly connected to All Souls Day celebrations from Spain.

 

Other important elements Dia de Muertos include water, salt and fire. Some say glasses of water are left to quench the thirst of the spirits, while others say it merely represents the underworld. Salt is connected to purification, and the flames of lit candles are important for lighting the way through the darkness. Some leave seeds for the dead – as an offering for prosperous crops in the afterlife. Baskets of food are also left for the ancestors, and are often comprised of fruits, pan de muertos, and other favourite foods of the deceased, such as different sweets, tamales, or even a can of beer with a package of cigarettes.

 

In 2008, Dia de Muertos was officially inscribed in UNESCO’s protection as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

WELCOME TO MEXICO CITY

 

Welcome to the bustling and cosmopolitan capital of Mexico! Touted as the “New York” of Latin America, Mexico City is an exciting experience, with gorgeous parks, historical architectural, colourful markets, diverse cuisine and more museums per capita, than any other city in the world.

Mexico City - Day 01:   Everyone arrives in Mexico City

Mexico City - Day 02:   Frida Kahlo & Leon Trotsky Museums, Chapultapec Castle and/or                                      Museum of Anthropology

Mexico City - Day 03:   Witchcraft Market, Street Food, Sunset Boat Tour to Isla de                                                Munecas in Xochimilco

Teotihuacan - Day 04:   Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe, Ancient City of Teotihuacan

Patzcuaro    - Day 05:   La Catrina Art Festival in Capula

Patzcuaro    - Day 06:   Paracho, Cheran, Sevina

Patzcuaro    - Day 07:   Santa Clara del Cobre, Patzcuaro

Morelia       - Day 08:   La Ruta del Mezcal, La Catrina Fiesta & Altar Party (Costume)

Morelia       - Day 09:   Celebrate Dia de Muertos - Cemetery Tour

Morelia       - Day 10:   Day time Cemetery Tour Continues

Morelia       - Day 11:   Day to reflect, Explore UNESCO city of Morelia

TBA            - Day 12:   Return to Mexico City for flight (unless traveling elsewhere)

TOUR ITINERARY

MEXICO CITY TRAVEL DETAILS

DAY 1:  Saturday October 24, 2020

ARRIVAL IN MEXICO CITY

Once we have your arrival time confirmed, we can arrange plans for an orientation and welcome party. If you are landing very early, and would like to explore, we can make some suggestions for a self-guided adventure, or arrange for a guided tour for an additional cost.

Hotel Location:  TBA Mexico City       Hotel Contact:

Dinner:  TBA

Day 2:  Sunday October 25, 2020

FRIDA KAHLO, LEON TROTSKY, CHAPULTAPEC CASTLE AND/OR THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Vibrant, eccentric and iconic are a few ways fans describe Frida Kahlo, and a visit to Mexico City is hardly complete without stepping through the doors of her eclectic home & museum in Coyoacan. Our day will begin at 8 AM, departing our hotel for breakfast in Frida’s historic neighborhood. Step through the doors of Frida’s home and into the tumultuous life of a painter who was as passionate about life as she was tortured by it. From celebrity-laden visuals to the more humbling exhibits featuring her wheelchair and vivacious wardrobe, with which she hid her imperfect body, Frida Kahlo’s home portrays her as a woman who was as effervescent and glamorous as she was despondent through many onerous trials. It is certainly easy to understand why the world has been captivated by the life, times and artworks of this incredibly strong, resilient, outspoken and passionate woman.

 

Those who love politics and Soviet history will be pleased to learn that the home of Leon Trotsky is only a few short blocks from Frida’s home. This museum is small, but sobering. Informative exhibits are translated into English, and tell the tragic story of Trotsky’s life, outlining the devastating consequences his political activism had on his entire family. The calamity of his life story only mounts, when you enter his home and locate bullet holes in the walls that lay witness to his assassination, which took place here on August 21, 1940.

 

If your passion is archaeology or architecture, our afternoon features a choice between the Chapultapec Castle and the famous Museum of Anthropology. While it is possible to visit both settings, true archaeology enthusiasts may prefer to spend their time in the many galleries of the museum.

 

Please Note: Mexico’s famous Folkloric Ballet Dance Troupe traditionally hosts live performances on Sunday evenings at the stunning Bellas Artes Theatre in historical downtown Mexico City. They do not have dates in the calendar yet; however, if this interests your group, please contact us. We have not included this in the price, and will only book tickets for those who confirm.

Depart:  8:00 AM           Return:  5 PM        Option:  Folkloric Ballet

Day 3:  Monday October 26, 2020

WITCHCRAFT & HANDICRAFT MERCADO, STREET FOOD & CANAL RIDE TO ISLA DE MUNECAS

Long tables filled with locals bantering about politics of the morning paper and the wonderful aroma of milder Mexican spices wafting through the air summoned the late Anthony Bourdain to Fonda Margarita on more than once occasion, as one of his favourite breakfast haunts of Mexico City. It is imperative for us to arrive here before 8 AM, as the locals love and frequent this delicious little eatery.

 

With our fill of delicious coffee and a satisfied tummy, our driver will deliver us to the assorted Witchcraft Market! Here, we will see an array of interesting sights including many occult specialists who dabble in healing treatments, such as smudging, fortune tellers who offer tarot and palm readings, among other methods for predicting your future – and even Voodoo and Santeria practitioners. We do want to warn you that Mexico is lacking in animal rights, and the witchcraft market is such a place where you will witness disturbing, tiny cages crammed full of small animals. While we do not condone this mistreatment of the animal world, we also understand political changes must happen from within. (Animal rights are a subject of contention among many of the young and educated Mexicans, who are demanding changes through political protest and other means of dissent). We offer this as part of our tour, to introduce visitors to aspects of Mexican culture that have not been whitewashed – but are true observations of an age-old way of life here. Following the Mercado de Sonora, enjoy the handicraft mercado, where there are arts from across the country and beyond.

 

At 3 PM, we will depart the city centro for the colorful boats of embarcadero Cuemanco in Xochimilco. From here, we will drift through the maze of chinampas of these famous canals, which were once the richest agricultural grounds of the Aztec empire. As an afternoon tour, this will be a peaceful journey throughout the quieter part of the day. We will sail out to Isla de las Munecas, lauded as being in the top 25 creepiest of places of the world! Littered with hundreds of dolls, exposed to the elements over decades since they were ceremoniously offered as protectors against evil spirits, this small chinampa is best experienced in silence, so you may listen for the haunting, ghostly whispers this island is so famed for. 

Depart:  7:30 AM           Return:  8:30 PM        Dinner:  Included

Laguna de Teshuilo 

& The Island of Creepy Dolls

Drifting through the maze of Xochimilco’s canals is the small and haunted chinampa of Laguna de Teshuilo, famously known as Isla de las Munecas or The Island of Creepy Dolls. Listed as one of the world’s 25 most creepiest places by National Geographic, the eeriness of visiting these haunted dolls is amplified by visiting just before sunset.

 

The tragic history behind this collection of dolls began with a young girl who drowned here. The caretaker of the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera, was forever grieved after finding this young child, for not only was he unable to save her, he began to fear her spirit was haunting the island.

 

A doll that was floating in the canal surfaced near the location where the little girl had drowned. Convinced it must have belonged to the little girl, Don Julian placed the doll in a tree, to show respect to the little girl. Sadly, Don Julian began suffering from a deep rooted belief that the little girls spirit was haunting the island – and his belief in the paranormal resulted in more and more dolls suspended in trees and nailed to buildings, as offerings to appease the little girl. There is some speculation that Don Julian was overwhelmed with guilt for not being able to save her life, in conjunction with possible onset of a mental illness made worse due to the majority of his time spent in isolation. Whatever the case, the island is now a shrine of ghostly dolls whose eyes will follow you, as you wander about the island. Guests have reported hearing the dolls whisper, while others bring their own dolls from childhood to leave as an offering to both the little girl, and the spirit of Don Julian, who died on the island in 2001.


Due to popularity of this intriguing island and apparent haunting of Don Julian, a myth was fabricated that Don Julian was found drowned, in the same location where the little girl had died. Though it may be dramatic and tragic to romanticize about such a fate, in reality, it simply isn’t true.

 

Visiting Isla de las Munecas is a popular activity for visitors to Xochimilco, though one most visitors to the canals never embark on, due to the distance from the nearest embarcadero. If you have an afternoon to enjoy a picnic while you float through these peaceful and tranquil canals, visiting Isla de las Munecas is definitely one for the bucket list!

CHARCUTERIE PICNIC

Please let us know if you have any allergies ahead of time

We will provide you with reusable dishes and drink-ware

to reduce waste.  We will also provide cutlery & corkscrew.

DINNER WILL BE SERVED ABOARD OUR TRAJINERA

FOLLOWING OUR CREEPY ISLAND ADVENTURE

Italiam Salamis

Cured Salmon

Tuna Atun

Smoked Oysters

Blue Gorgonzola Cheese

Cream Cheese

Ash-Cased Cheese

Merlot Cased Aged Farmhouse

Mennonite Jalapeno Cheese

Housemade Jelly

Stuffed Olives

Dried Figs

Mixed Nuts

Crackers

Fresh Baguette

Coconut Candies

TEOTIHUACAN TRAVEL DETAILS

Day Four:  Tuesday October 27, 2020

DEPARTING MEXICO CITY FOR TEOTIHUACAN 

THE ANCIENT CITY OF GODS

Tepeyac Hill is the traditional home of the Aztec fertility goddess, Tonantzin Coatlaxopeuh. This small fact is known, yet mostly dismissed due to the rise of importance of Our Lady Guadalupe, who is enshrined in the sacred heart of Mexican society, nationwide, and whose significance is celebrated among the most pious and criminal alike. It makes for an important stop, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, not only for the incredible gardens and restored Basilica, but more-so because of the matriarchal importance of these two sacred women. We will check out of our hotel following breakfast, and will aim to depart Tepeyac Hill for Teotihuacan around 10:30 AM.

When we arrive at Teotihuacan, we will stop at one of the local restaurants for lunch before our driver delivers us to the exit closest to the on-site museum, where we will meet our guide at 2 PM. If you prefer to use your free time to race to the top of the nearby Sun Pyramid, which is an important pilgrimage for most visitors of this site, you can opt for this instead! (This is why you all have local sim cards and charged smart phones!). The museum is located beside the Pyramid of the Sun, making this a perfect start and finish point.

 

Our guide will take us on an afternoon historical tour of this colossal site. Please be prepared for lots of walking and climbing, as there is no end to the staircases here. We will cover a vast expanse of land today, moving from the Temple of Jaguars, Moon and Sun Pyramid, to the Temple of Masks at the opposite end of the site. From there, you will return to the gate we arrived at. We will meet at 5 PM, which is closing time.

 

From the gate, we will walk down to the restaurant for dinner, before being transported to our nearby hotel for an early night of rest.

Hotel Location:  TBA Teotihuacan       Hotel Contact:

Dinner:  5:30 PM          Return:  7:00 PM

PATZCUARO TRAVEL DETAILS

Day Five:  Wednesday October 28, 2020

JOURNEY TO THE P'UREPECHA PLATEAU 

& LA CATRINA FESTIVAL OF CAPULA

Departing Teotihuacan around 9:30 means we should arrive in the small, bustling village of Quiroga around 1:30 PM. Chef Diego will be waiting for us, with his grill fired up to cook you a mouthwatering molcajete. A mix of chorizo, beef, chicken and pork with grilled onions, nopales (cactus), then garnished with fresh avocado and melting cheese, a molcajete is served piping hot with fresh tortillas. Wash it all down with a corona or mineral water, and you’re good as new!

 

Long famed for cooking pots, the small village of Capula has been a major pottery producer for hundreds of years. When Maestro Juan Torres moved to Capula and began interpreting La Catrina into three dimensional figurines from clay, the artisans of the town were inspired – and a whole new tradition was born. It has only been within the past few years that organizers in Capula created an annual Catrina Art Festival. This proud little village has been investing in their community since the birth of this festival, even building a brand new plaza in 2019. With colorful buildings that are marked with murals and comical sketches of skeletons, this is a really fun place to spend the afternoon. Art collectors will appreciate having the chance to browse through thousands of Catrinas, including Mexico’s most collectible – at Maestro Juan Torres’ studio.

 

From Capula, we will head to the Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro – arriving around 6:30 PM.

Hotel Location:  TBA Patzcuaro       Hotel Contact:

Breakfast:  8:30        Departure:  9:30        Hotel Arrival:  6:30 PM

Day Six:  Thursday October 29, 2020

TRAVELS TO THE VIGILANTE HEARTLAND 

OF THE P'UREPECHA HIGHLANDS

Escaping colonial Mexico for a day spent among the more hidden P’urepecha villages offers a rich insight into the complex politics of daily life here. A locally armed check-point upon entering the vigilante village of Cheran, where locals ousted their politicians and police, is complimented by an opportunity to view the many political murals that are painted about the walls of their small town. Anyone who loves textiles will enjoy a walk-about the compact centro, which is full of rebozo shops and thread stores with treadle looms.

 

Our journey into the P’urepecha heart of Michoacan’s highlands will lead us through several picturesque villages with traditional architecture so far from the grandiosity of Spanish Colonial and Moorish influences, often found in even the smaller towns. Surrounded by rural green fields, this area is the most traditional region we will visit during our tour.

 

If there are any musicians in our group, one of today’s highlights will be visiting the legendary luthier town of Paracho.

Breakfast:  8:30        Departure:  9:30        Return:  4:30 PM

Day Seven:  Friday October 30, 2020

PUEBLO MAGICO'S SANTA CLARA DEL COBRE

& PATZCUARO

Driving into a village of open doors that shimmer with the warmth of copper makes Santa Clara del Cobre worthy of its title as a Pueblo Magico. We will arrive here around 10 AM, stopping first for a copper demonstration with the Perez family. Tips here are customary – with patrons tipping anywhere from 25-50 MXP each. If you have come clad in sandals and bare legs, you may decide to sit out participating in this fun demonstration – though you are certainly welcome to pound the copper regardless.

 

After browsing through the galleries near the Plaza, we will depart for Rancho la Mesa Restaurant for lunch. With open-air views of the lake, you will enjoy a zoom lens to photograph the distant Isla de Janitzio, with the statue of Jose Maria Morelos crowning the small island. We recommend bringing a light jacket or wrap, as the open-air restaurant can be chilly on breezy afternoons.

 

Returning to Patzcuaro, enjoy a walking tour of the city and art market before being set-free. If you prefer to explore on your own, you are also free to do so!

Breakfast:  8:30        Departure:  9:30        Return:  2:00 PM

Cielo Cocina Fusion

PRESENTS

La Fiesta de la Catrina

October 31, 2020 - Doors Open at 6:30 PM

Welcome to our 3rd Annual La Catrina Fiesta!  We are pleased to be working with Eddie  Alvarez & Alejandra Martinez Alva , and their fabulously talented, hard working staff at Cielo Cocina Fusion again this coming year!  Cielo Cocina Fusion is rated #1 for fine cuisine in Morelia, offering mouth watering dishes to write home about.  Our party is scheduled for October 31, with cocktails and music starting at 6:30.  At 7 PM, we will take a short break to learn about the Dia de Muertos altar.  You may place your photographs and offerings on the altar following the presentation, when you are comfortable.  Dinner will commence at 7:30.

 

YES!  THIS IS A COSTUME PARTY! 

Local professional face painter Topacio Tapia is going to transform everyone into Catrina's, so all you need to worry about is your outfit.  We recommend dressing up for this occasion, though casual is certainly fine, depending on your comfort level.  Catrina is associated with extravagance, hence traditional portrayals of men clad in suits with ties, and ladies cloaked in beautiful gowns, a French Chapeau en attende, and long gloves.  As we are travelling, it may be difficult to get too fancy - but classic attire with some dazzling costume accessories would certainly  be appropriate.

 

MORELIA TRAVEL DETAILS

Day Eight:  Saturday October 31, 2020

FROM LA RUTA DEL MEZCAL

TO LA FIESTA DE LA CATRINA & ALTAR PARTY 

Vegetal with a touch of citrus, a hint of anise, or spicy floral notes is a colourful way to describe the flavours of your day, today. Step into the van for your next Mexican undertaking – along La Ruta del Mezcal. Enjoy the lovely pine forests of Michoacan’s back-country from Patzcuaro along the maze of winding, rural roads dotted with occasional farms, and distant churches with tiny villages. Watch out for countless Avocodo plantations, and other forms of agriculture – until you reach the centre of Michoacan’s Mezcal region – and the open fields will reveal small crops of agave. Walk the fields, sip the mezcal, and purchase artesanal gifts for home!

 

When we reach Morelia, it’s time to get fancy! We hope you have brought something dressy or elegant for this evening, for tonight is La Fiesta de la Catrina! Professional make-up artist Topacio Tapia will be waiting for you by 5:00 PM with her team, ready to transform you into a skeletal, but gorgeous, Catrina! Our dinner party starts with cocktails at 6:30PM – with our first course around 7:30. We will enjoy entertainment by local Gypsy Jazz group Dusty Fingers.

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Hotel Location:  TBA Morelia       Hotel Contact:

Breakfast:  8:00        Departure:  9:000        Hotel Arrival:  3:00 PM        Make-Up:  5:00 PM

Dinner Party:  6:30 PM (Included in Tour Price - Drinks are Separate)

Day Nine:  Sunday November 1, 2020

PART ONE: NOCHE DE MUERTOS CELEBRATIONS

AROUND LAKE PATZCUARO

We will enjoy a leisurely morning, with breakfast scheduled for 10 AM. By 11:30, board the van and engage in one of the most memorable and magical days of your life! Dia de Muertos is incredibly crowded and exciting – albeit, crowds can cause frustration at times. Please be prepared for inclement weather. Pack a comfort bag complete with a change of socks and shoes, extra jacket, a small blanket, gloves, a toque (we are not kidding!). We hope that by being prepared for the worst, we will experience the very best of weather!

 

We will wait until everyone is confirmed, before disclosing our tour for this day. We will warn you that we are going to return to our hotel in Morelia no earlier than 1 AM – and quite possibly later, depending on the traffic. We ask you to prepare yourself for an outlandish event that might even find you sleeping in the van for short spells.

Guests are welcome to pack beer, wine or spirits in the cooler for this evening. It is common for locals and visitors alike, to have drinks on the night of Muertos. If you would like to make the small children happy, please bring pockets full of 1 peso coins, or small candies.

Breakfast:  10:00        Departure:  11:30        Return:  1:00 AM+

Day Ten:  Monday November 2, 2020

PART TWO:  DIA DE MUERTOS CELEBRATIONS

AROUND LAKE PATZCUARO

Tired and still buzzing, we will meet for breakfast at 10 AM.  We will depart the hotel by 11 AM for our exploration of Dia de Muertos day two! Once you are confirmed, we will send you details for this day. Due to high traffic, we prefer to keep our plans concealed. We will return to Morelia in the late afternoon, so you have some time to rest and reflect.

Breakfast:  10:00        Departure:  11:00        Return: 4:00 PM

Day Eleven:  Tuesday November 3, 2020

A DAY OF REST

Dia de Muertos can be an exciting, yet overwhelming observation for many, as it is a time for remembering our loved ones who have passed on. This can bring up feelings of sadness and joy, and with the excitement of everything going on, it is truly important to have a day of rest following this rich time, to contemplate recent experiences and enjoy some quiet and thoughtful introspection.

 

We will enjoy a completely free day – so you can sleep in, eat breakfast late, rise early, explore the majestic and opulent city of Morelia, read a book – or do whatever makes you feel at peace.

 

Tonight, we will enjoy our last supper together before our departure the following day. Dinner reservation TBA.

Champagne Brunch: 11 AM        Dinner:  7:00 PM

Please Note:  Day 12 - November 5th:  Morelia is located 5+ hours away from the CDMX Airport.  For international flights, you are required to check-in 3 hours ahead of schedule.  If you are returning to Mexico City for your departing flight, we highly recommend staying in Mexico City this night, as your commute plus wait time is 8+ hours.  Alternately, you can fly home from Morelia International Airport.  You will only need to check in 2 hours ahead of time, and your commute from the city of Morelia is only about 1/2 hour.  If you have any questions about these options, feel free to contact us for more information.  

    

TRIP INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • All accommodations are included

  • Tipping is customary

  • We recommend between $30-$50 MXP per night

MEALS & BEVERAGES

When meals are included, your meal tip is also

covered.  Alcoholic beverages + tips are not included.

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  • Meals are separate, unless otherwise noted

  • Fonda Margarita Breakfast Included

  • Picnic at Xochimilco Included

  • Lunch in Quiroga Included

  • La Catrina Fiesta 5 Course Meal Included

  • Champagne Breakfast Included

  • The Last Supper Included

  • Drinking water included

TRANSPORTATION

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  • Return Van Transport from Mexico City Included

  • CDMX Airport Taxis not included

SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES

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  • Frida Kahlo Museum - Casa Azul

  • Leon Trotsky Museum

  • Xochimilco Canal Ride

  • Chapultapec Castle or Museum of Anthropology

  • Ancient City of Teotihuacan

  • Village Tours around Lake Patzcuaro

  • La Ruta del Mezcal

  • La Catrina Fiesta Costume & Altar Party

  • La Catrina Make-up Artist

  • 2 Days of Dia de Muertos around Lake Patzcuaro

CHARITABLE DONATIONS

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​We will make a donation to Morelia's Hogar Irekani Orphanage

Amount TBA once tour is confirmed.

RESERVATIONS & CANCELLATIONS

RESERVATIONS

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We require a 35% non-refundable payment to confirm your reservation

The Balance is due upon arrival in Mexico City

 

If you would like to pay your balance with a Credit Card, we charge 4% for processing fees 

Alternately, you may send us a wire transfer or use paypal.  Payment must be received

by the start date of our tour.

CANCELLATIONS

Due to downpayments for hotel reservations, we cannot refund deposits. 

If you have a friend who can take your place, you may transfer your deposit

PAYMENT METHODS

For your payment, we will invoice you using:

Square

or

Paypal

If you have a Canadian account, you can e-transfer us at info@soulofmexicotours.com

For wire transfers, please contact us for our banking information

Square & Paypal accept all major credit cards and are recognized for secure online banking.  You do not need to divulge your information to us for payment. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION 

YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

We request emergency contact information from our guests, in the event that there is an accident or emergency.  Please ensure your next of kin has your medical insurance information.  If you would like to include your insurance provider contact information with your emergency contact, this can certainly be helpful in the event that something happens during our travels.

OUR CONTACT INFORMATION

Please give our contact information to your next of kin, in the event that a family member or friend needs to contact you due to an emergency.

Jennifer Bjarnason

Em:  info@soulofmexicotours.com

Whatsapp Text:  001 (778) 585 1882

Mexican Cell Text:  +52 (443) 639 2782

Thank you for your interest in this tour!  We truly look forward to exploring with you!

 
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