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HIDDEN TREASURES OF
DIA DE MUERTOS

October 26 - November 2, 2022
Custom Dates Available

HIDDEN TREASURES OF DIA DE MUERTOS

October 31 - November 2, 2022

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

Join us for an incredible journey that traverses the most traditional region of the P'urepecha Meseta before delivering guests to the Lake Patzcuaro region to further explore art villages, vigils, cemeteries, our 5th Annual Fiesta de Catrina, and an educational lecture with visual presentation that explains the symbols and indigenous roots of this enchanting and touching celebration.

Questions?

Please email Jennifer at info@soulofmexicotours.com

 

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

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Liz Parkinson

QUICK INFO

PRICE DETAILS
$40,000 MXN based on shared accommodations for 2.  Hotels in Guadalajara and Paracho are included.  Hotels in Patzcuaro are NOT included. 
TOUR LOCATION
Guadalajara to Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico
TOUR DATES
October 26 - November 2, 2023
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  21+
Group Size:  10 (Min) - 14 (Max)
HOTEL LOCATIONS
Guadalajara (Included)
Paracho (Included)
Patzcuaro  (Not Included)
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WELCOME TO MEXICO

Hotel Location:  Guadalajara, Jalisco

Date:  Thursday October 26, 2023

Please contact us for assistance with your flights.  It is often more cost-effective to book a flight to Mexico City, with a domestic connection to Guadalajara through Aeromexico.

Please be in Guadalajara by 6 PM at the latest, as we will meet for our welcome dinner and go over the itinerary to answer any questions you may have.

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Dinner Included / Drinks + drink tips separate

Hotel Included

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TRAVERSING THE MESETA

Hotel Location:  Paracho, Michoacan

Date:  Friday October 27, 2023

 

This morning we will have breakfast at 8 AM and depart Guadalajara for the P'urepecha Meseta.  Arriving in San Jose de Gracia, we will see the ceramic pineapple vessels and enjoy a traditional lunch.  Our next stops include Patamban, Ocumicho and Cocucho.

We will arrive in Paracho on time to check in to our hotel and head for dinner.

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All Meals Included / Drink & Drink Tips Separate

Hotel Included

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THE LOST CITY

Hotel Location:  Paracho, Michoacan

Date:  Saturday October 28, 2023

 

This morning we will have breakfast, then head to Angahuan to explore the ruins of the Church of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which was devoured by Paricutin Volcano.  We will then have lunch with a local indigenous family, and will enjoy learning about their weaving.  From Angahuan, we will visit the villages of Charapan and San Felipe, to learn about the fabulous textiles made in this region of Michoacan.

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All Meals Included / Dinks & Drink Tips Separate

Horseback Riding Optional

Hotel Included

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INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE & MORE ART!

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Sunday October 29, 2023

 

This morning we will have breakast, visit a luthier and browse through the Sunday market in Paracho, before departing for Patzcuaro.

On our way to Patzuaro, we will learn about an important indigenous resistance movement in Cheran, and visit an exceptional mask-carver in Sevina.  We will arrive in Patzcuaro for check-in and dinner.

Please Note:  Due to our lengthy stay in Patzcuaro, we do not book your accommodations.  Some guests may choose budget style, while others want luxury.  We will assist you if you need help!

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All Meals Included

Hotel Separate

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LA FIESTA DE CATRINAS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Monday October 30, 2023

 

Today, guests can enjoy free time to explore the art market at the Plaza, and browse through Patzcuaro's may gift stores and galleries.

This evening we will head out to our 5th Annual Fiesta de Catrinas!  Enjoy a welcome cocktail, an elegant tasting menu, live music, and more!   

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Dinner Included / Drinks & Drink Tips Separate

Hotel Separate

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VIGIL DE LOS ANGELITOS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Tuesday October 31, 2023

 

This morning, we will depart Patzcuaro at 10:45 AM for the quaint and whimsical village of Capula, where they host a huge art market, mainly comprised of Catrina dolls.  Guests have the opportunity to eat in the market with the locals, trying a wide variety of traditional foods.  We will depart Capula by 2:30, returning to Patzcuaro to rest.

 

At 5:00 PM, we will meet at Bistro Monarca for a fascinating lecture and visual presentation about Dia de Muertos.  We will enjoy a 3 course meal, before departing at 7:45 for a nearby village where families will host us during the Vigil de los Angelitos, which is an observation to honor the children, virgins, and innocent souls who have passed.  Please bring $50-$100 Pesos to contribute to the offrendas we will bring to our hosts.  We will return to Patzcuaro around midnight.  

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Lecture Included

Hotel Separate

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NOCHE DE MUERTOS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Wednesday November 1, 2023

 

Today we will depart Patzcuaro at 10:45 for the Pueblo Magico of Tzintzuntzan.  We will have about 40 mins to explore the Ex-Convent of Santa Ana, before our lunch at Las Yacatas Restaurant.  Following lunch, we will head to the cemetery to witness a touching procession of families bringing altars to the graves of their loved ones.  We will return to Patzcuaro at 3 PM to rest.

 

At 7:45 PM we will depart Patzcuaro for a nearby village, where a P'urepecha family will host us for dinner.  From there, we will head out on our special route, which we do not advertise.  Around 11:30, we will board a private boat and head out across Lake Patzcuaro on an enchanting and unforgettable journey to witness this sacred celebration.  

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Dinner Included / Drinks & Drink Tips Separate

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SECOND BREAKFAST

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Thursday November 2, 2023

 

As we won't return to Patzcuaro until around 4:30 AM, we have scheduled our farewell brunch for 11:30 AM.

Guests may decide to depart this day, though we recommend taking this day to rest and process all that you have experienced.  If you need assistance getting to Mexico City, or another nearby destination for a extended holiday, or airport, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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Second Breakfast Included / Drinks & Drink Tips Separate

Hotel Separate

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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