Starts & Ends: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Group Size: 4 Maximum
Age Group: Adult
Price based on shared accommodations
Single Supplement - Add $1500 Pesos
3 Nights - Patzcuaro (Not Included)
2 Nights - San Marcos (Included)
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATIONS IN PATZCUARO
$22,000 Pesos per person with 2 Guests
$18, 000 Pesos per person with 3 Guests
$15,000 Pesos per person with 4 Guests
For US Currency, divide by 20 for an approximate conversion. For Canadian Currency, divide by 15 for an approximate conversion.
Price includes full transportation return, from San Miguel de Allende to Patzcuaro and the Meseta. Hotels in San Marcos are included, along with 2 meals (lunch) with local families. Hotels in Patzcuaro are not included, nor are most meals. Tips for your guides are customary and appreciated.
Visit an incredible region of Mexico that is largely unknown, to visit the regional art studios of many indigenous artisans. There are a variety of weaving styles, ceramics, wood carvings, and an enchanting rural region with open fields, pine forests, agricultural lands, villages and towns that are rarely visited by foreigners. Pass through check-points of self-governed Cheran, and learn about the resistance that freed this community from the oppressive realities they faced until 2011. Eat traditional P'urepecha cuisine with two families, try your hand at pressing tortillas, and witness artisans demonstrating their work. This is a remarkable and unforgettable experience.
We will pick you up in San Miguel de Allende at 10:30 AM, and bring you to Patzcuaro via the Catrina and pottery town of Capula. Visit the private estate and art studio of celebrated Maestro Juan Torres, and visit the pottery collective. From Capula, we will stop at Las Yacatas in Tzintzuntzan for a late lunch (approximately 2 PM). Following lunch, we will browse the pottery studios of Tzintzuntzan, and visit the Ex-Convent of Santa Ana and Atrio de los Olivos. On our way to Patzcuaro, we will stop at a small but impressive studio of award winning embroidery artist Teofila Servin. You will have the chance to purchase beautiful tapestries, rebozos, clothing, pillow cases and other items, all embroidered in wonderful folk-art designs that tell a story about the Lake Patzcuaro region, and P'urepecha life. We will arrive in Patzuaro around 5:30 PM for hotel-check-in.
This morning we will depart Patzcuaro for the small furniture village of Cuanajo. Our next stop is the Pueblo Magico of Santa Clara del Cobre, where artisans create lamps, sinks, tubs, vessels, mirrors etc from copper. There are also galleries where you can see gorgeous furniture inlaid with tempered copper. Head to Rancho la Mesa for lunch overlooking Lake Patzcuaro, and enjoy your meal with stunning views. Upon returning to Patzuaro, you will have the chance to unwind and browse through the local plaza and galleries. (We can book you a walking tour, or offer you information for a self-guided tour).
Please Note: We will be departing Patzcuaro for two nights. If you would like us to store your art purchases while we are out of town, we will pick them up this evening, so we can get on the road in the morning. This saves you from having to bring them with you, unless your hotel is willing to store them in your absence.
This morning we will depart Patzcuaro by 10:00 AM for the cabins at San Marcos. This rustic resort is in a rural area, is clean but basic, and has a restaurant. San Marcos will make a great jumping-off spot for the Meseta!
One our way to San Marcos, we will visit a number of fascinating villages and towns, including a wonderful church with a special altar, a mask-maker who is a master carver, and whose mask collection features antique pieces that have been danced, the resistance town of Cheran, where women dissented 11 years ago and rendered self-government for their town, and backstrap weavers who create exquisite rebozos in various styles. We will see rebozos that look like woven lace, others that are solid and in vibrant colours with funky fringes, and others that are fringed with real feather plumes.
This morning we will depart San Marcos on our second day tour of visiting exceptional textile weavers. Our first stop will be the look-out point for Paricutin Volcano, and the short journey to the ruins of the church of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which was devoured by lava in the 1940's. From there, we will visit a P'urepecha family of weavers in the village of Angahuan, where we will also have lunch and visit a church that features Mudejar Architecture and a rare altar. The weavers will show you a variety of textiles, including warm rebozos made from natural homespun wool, and other rebozos and ponchos that are woven from cotton - all of which are made on backstrap looms using different techniques. From Angahuan, we will head to two more villages boasting superb textiles - one with loom-woven ponchos that are wind-proof, and another where the artisans make intricate blouses and dresses using a tedious technique called Deshilados. For anyone seeking a wedding gown, look no further - the elegance and classic style of the clothing here is perfect for such an occasion.
This morning we will check out of our hotel and make our way to several ceramics studios. The different style of ceramics in this area include the terracotta "cucuchas" that were made in pre-Hispanic times for storing water and grain, dishes that are beautifully decorated with colourful patterns including fish mermaids, birds, village scenes, flowers etc, a village where the locals fashion vessels that resemble pineapples, as well as candelabras, donkeys, pigs and people, and a studio of whimsical, irreverent sculptures that feature Christian stories (The Last Supper & Nativity Scenes), and also include hysterical depictions of the devil, as the devil is a feature of Christian celebrations here in Mexico.
We will return to Patzuaro around 6 PM, on time for dinner.
We recommend spending one last day in Patzcuaro to enjoy the town and process all that you have seen. This allows you an extra day to decide on any purchases you may have been considering, and to rest before making your journey back to San Miguel de Allende.
We will pick you up at your convenience, and bring you back to San Miguel de Allende with all of your purchases and luggage. If you would like to make an extra stop today, we can plan to leave early to make any necessary stops along the way (this could even include Costco in Morelia).