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HIDDEN TREASURES OF DIA DE MUERTOS

October 28 - November 3, 2022

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

Join us for a fun and unique celebration that offers you options that best fit your interests.  In the past, our tours have been a "one size fits all," but due to the increase of tourism during Muertos, we have carefully planned excursions and experiences that will introduce you to intimate spaces with little to no crowds, and a hands-on invitation to spend time with local artisans and fellow travelers.  Enjoy ample free time to process all that you are experiencing, while meandering through the fantastic art market on Plaza Grande, in Patzcuaro.  This is a unique experience that has something for everyone!

HOW THIS TOUR WORKS

We have three days of optional excursions and activities for you to choose from.  We ask you to look through these options, and let us know what your top 4 choices are.  Beyond these options, we have listed a day-by-day itinerary below, that outlines all of our shared dinner parties and group activities.

We will have different transport vans & guides, so once we know what activities you are most interested in, we will organize everyone based on your tour choices.

 

Each tour option is priced differently, based on costs.  These are additional to the general price you pay for the rest of our tour.  We ask you to rate tours from 1-4, in case one of your choices is already full.

Questions?

Please email Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

 

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

*****

Liz Parkinson

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$30, 000 MXN does not include hotels
Workshops are optional
TOUR LOCATION
Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico
TOUR DATES
October 28 - November 3, 2022
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  21+
Group Size:  10 (Min) - 14 (Max)
HOTEL LOCATION
Patzcuaro x 6 Nights (Not Included)

OCTOBER 29, 2022
WORKSHOP & TOUR OPTIONS

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PAINT WITH CATRINA

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Saturday October 29, 2022

$1500 MXN

 

This morning you will depart for the cute and mural-painted town of Capula for a workshop with Adriana and Miguel.

Select a blank, pre-molded Catrina, and spend the day with these wonderful artists, painting your piece.

After your workshop is complete, enjoy lunch in the market, browse through the handicrafts, and visit the enchanting estate of Maestro Juan Torres to see his collection of paintings and fine Catrina sculptures.

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Canvas, paint & instruction included

2 Glasses of Wine included (choice of white, rose or red)

Return transportation from Patzcuaro included

Charcuterie Lunch included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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COOK WITH ROSALBA

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Saturday October 29, 2022

$1400 MXN

 

Spend the morning and early afternoon cooking with a traditional P'urepecha cook, then enjoy the feast! Return along the quiet side of the lake, to visit Hacienda Oponguio for a mezcal tasting with fantastic views overlooking Lake Patzcuaro.  (Mezcal tasting is included in the price)

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Cooking class & lunch included

Return Transportation from Patzcuaro included

Mezcal tasting included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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TOUR SANTA CLARA & CAPULA

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Saturday October 29, 2022

$1000 MXN

 

Learn how copper is forged in fire.  Enjoy browsing the galleries, and have lunch in one of the local restaurants. 

Your next stop is at the mystical estate of Maestro Juan Torres, who is a prolific painter, but also the first artisan to create Catrina's from clay.  Enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the Capula Catrina Festival handicraft market.

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Transportation to Santa Clara del Cobre & Capula included

Lunch included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

OCTOBER 30, 2022
WORKSHOP & TOUR OPTIONS

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FORGED IN FIRE

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Sunday October 30, 2022

$1200 MXN

 

Travel to the Pueblo Magico of Santa Clara del Cobre to participate in a fascinating workshop with Sergio Valezquez and Napoleon Perez.

You will have the chance to work in a traditional workshop with two maestros who will guide you through the process of crafting your own bracelet or small bowl.

After your workshop, have lunch in one of the local restaurants, and enjoy browsing through the gorgeous galleries.

*****​

Supplies & instruction included

Lunch Included

Return transportation from Patzcuaro included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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PAINT WITH WINE

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Sunday October 30, 2022

$1400 MXN

 

Though the paintings featured here are from our Fiesta for Frida event, Briseida Zepeda is offering an acrylic on canvas class, to teach guests to paint a Catrina or Dia de Muertos themed piece.  One could certainly paint Frida as a Catrina, a self-portrait, a cemetery scene with marigolds, or create something from the imagination.  This is a truly fun and creative way to spend the day - and you get to take your masterpiece home as a reminder of this wonderful tour.

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Supplies & instruction included

Charcuterie lunch Included

2 Glasses of wine included

Return transportation from Patzcuaro included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

OCTOBER 31, 2022
WORKSHOP & TOUR OPTIONS

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MANIFESTING MIRACLES

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Monday October 31, 2022

$600 MXN + Art Piece

 

Manifest your own miracles in the village of Santa Ana Chapitiro.  The artists will have pre-carved wooden hearts, crosses and other figures for you to choose from.  Spend the morning painting your piece, then covering them with metal charms known as "milagros," or "miracles."  The projects are priced separately, as there are different price points.  

 

Before returning to Patzcuaro, you will have the chance to visit the Church of Santa Muerte, which is a quirky and controversial (currently ex-communicated) faction of the Roman Catholic Church.  

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Instruction included / Project separate

Charcuterie lunch Included

Return transportation from Patzcuaro included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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LA RUTA DEL MEZCAL

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Monday October 31, 2022

$1200 MXN + Art Piece

 

Spend the day outside the Lake Patzcuaro area, exploring Michoacan's official La Ruta del Mezcal.  Visit a distillery, learn about the process, sample mezcal and explore an agave plantation to learn about the local terroir and varietals grown in this region.  Some interesting aspects to the agave harvest includes how long different varietals take to grow vs the yield from each plant.  This is a fun tour for mezcal lovers.  

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Return transportation from Patzcuaro included

Lunch included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

TOUR ITINERARY
October 28 - NOVEMBER 3, 2022

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BIENVENIDOS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Friday October 28, 2022

 

BIENVENIDOS A PATZCUARO! 

 

Enjoy seeing the preparations underway, as you roll into town!

 

Tonight we meet in Patzcuaro for dinner at 6 PM (Restaurant TBA) We will make introductions, discuss our itinerary, answer any questions you have and enjoy an early night.

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Dinner included

Drinks & drink tips separate

Transportation not included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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LA FIESTA DE CATRINA CLANDESTINA

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Saturday October 29, 2022

 

AM: Your tour option for this day will depart at 9:00 AM, returning by 4:00 PM so you have time to rest before our Catrina Party begins.

 

PM:  Our dinner party will begin at 6 PM, with a welcome beverage and an appointment with a make-up artist, who will transform you into a Catrina.  Our dinner party will include a fantastic 5 course tasting menu, and live entertainment, along with 3 handmade, locally sourced door prizes for the lucky winners.  Last call is at 10 PM, for those who are enjoying the fun! 

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Transportation included

Welcome cocktail included / Other drinks separate

5 course tasting menu included

Live entertainment:  Chris Sanchez Blues Band

Face Painters on location (not included)

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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ALTARS & MARIGOLDS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Sunday October 30, 2022

 

AM: Your tour option for this day will depart at 9:00 AM, returning no later than 4:00 PM so you have time to rest before our Altar Party begins.

PM:  This evening, we will meet at Bistro Monarca Restaurant by 6 PM for our altar party and fascinating lecture by Jaime Hernandez, about the historical origins and symbolism behind Dia de Muertos, so you will understand this tradition before we embark on our pilgrimage to the vigils and cemetery observations.

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

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3 course meal included

Drinks + drink tips separate

Visual presentation & lecture included

Transportation not included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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VIGIL DEL ANGELLITOS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Monday October 31, 2022

 

AM: Your tour option for this day will depart at 9:00 AM, returning no later than 4:00 PM so you have time to rest before we depart for the Night Vigil. 

PM:  This evening, we will meet after dinner, departing Patzcuaro at 8 PM for a small village with a very special and unique vigil, which is held for the souls of the innocents.  We ask guests to bring around $100 pesos each, to purchase fruits, flowers and candles for our hosts, during this touching observation.  We will return to Patzcuaro around midnight.

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Transportation included

Please bring $100 Pesos for our offrendas

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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PILGRIMAGE ACROSS LAKE PATZCUARO

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Tuesday November1, 2022

 

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

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

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Transportation included

Dinner is included

Private boat ride included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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SECOND BREAKFAST

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday November 2, 2022

 

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

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

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Breakfast included

Drinks + drink tips separate

Transportation is not included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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SECOND BREAKFAST

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday November 2, 2022

 

This morning, depart for your next destination or home.  We can assist you with private drivers, or information about the bus exchanges.  If your group is interested in Mexico City, we offer a 3 day tour to CDMX, which is especially attractive for those who are planning to fly home through Mexico City International Airport.  Please contact us for more information.​

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Tour option for Mexico City available

Private transportation to San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro, Guadalajara, Zihuatanejo available

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CONSIDERATIONS DURING THIS TOUR

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

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

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

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

Questions?

Please email Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

 

INCLUSIONS & RESERVATIONS

TRANSPORTATION
Sprinter Van
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANTS
Licensed National Guides
Logistics Manager / Coordinator
PRIVATE BOAT RIDE
Noche de Muertos boat ride on Lake Patzcuaro is private
MEALS
Welcome Dinner
All Workshop / Tour lunches
La Fiesta de Catrina Clandestina
Noche de Muertos
Second Breakfast

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

Please email us directly to make your reservation with us.  We will confirm your reservation and send you the amount due with instructions for payment.

 

Please indicate how many people are in your group, and whether or not you have already secured hotel reservations.  We will assist you, as best we can.  We will send you back your total, with instructions for how to make your deposit.

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

The full balance is due on September 28, 2023

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