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PILGRIMAGE TO
NOCHE DE MUERTOS

October 30 - November 3, 2022
Custom Tour

PILGRIMAGE TO NOCHE DE MUERTOS

October 30 - November 3, 2022

Designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in November 2003, Dia de Muertos is a special and significant time to visit the Lake Patzcuaro region of Michoacan. Join us for one of our enchanting explorations of this sacred observation, and enjoy an experience that is culturally enriching, life changing and presented with ethical protocols in place. We do not announce our route for Noche de Muertos, as we will transport you to portholes far from the buses and crowds, and into an authentic and intimate experience that is only made possible through local invitations. You will embark on a mystical journey that includes a private boat ride on the legendary Lake Patzcuaro, and return weary-eyed and tired, but with a spirit that is full of wealth.

 

Please contact us if you would like to book a private tour for your group, or continue reading to learn about this culturally curated experience.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For meal inclusions, a 15% service tip is included. Drinks & Drink Tips are separate. We do not include most of your meals, as we are unable to determine prices.

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
$TBA MXN does not include hotels
La Fiesta de Catrina Clandestina Optional
TOUR LOCATION
Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico
TOUR DATES
October 30 - November 3, 2022
GROUP DETAILS
Age Group:  Private
Group Size:  4 
HOTEL LOCATION
Privately Secured
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BIENVENIDOS

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Sunday October 30, 2022

 

BIENVENIDOS! 

 

Depart Zihuatanejo on the earliest bus (approximately 6:00 AM) for the city of Uruapan.

 

Your driver will pick you up at the bus terminal, and bring you to the small village of Angahuan, where you will hike or horseback to the church ruins of San Juan Parangaricutiro. Enjoy a traditional lunch by the church, in the ruins of a ghost town that was razed by volcanic power. Following your visit, you will head into the village of Angahuan to see the beautiful church, featuring Mudejar architecture and one of the only wooden altars in our region.  Our last stop, along the way, is to visit the small ancient city of Tingambato.  One of the few Nahua sites in our region, there is a very interesting burial located here.  Arrive in Patzcuaro around 3:30 to rest. 

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Bus Ride Separate

Horseback Riding Separate

Entrance Fees Included

Lunch & Dinner Separate

Hotel Separate

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La Fiesta de Catrina Clandestina - October 30, 2022

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LA FIESTA DE CATRINA CLANDESTINA

Party Location:  It's A Secret 

Date:  Sunday October 30, 2022

 

 

This evening, you have the option of joining us for a clandestina party at a fabulous, historic and secret location outside of Patzcuaro.  

Return transportation from Patzcuaro is included, along with a special & seasonal welcome cocktail, 5 course tasting menu, live entertainment by Chris Sanchez Blues Band, and a chance to win one of 3 locally made door prizes. 

Vendors for our cash bar include artisan mezcal, artisan beer and Mexican wines.

Purchase your tickets before October 1 for $1350 MXN.  All ticket sales after October 1 are $1500.  Last date for registration is October 15.

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Transportation included

Welcome cocktail included / Other drinks separate

5 course tasting menu included

Live entertainment:  Chris Sanchez Blues Band

Appointment with Face Painter Optional

Hotel is separate

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ENCHANTING ESTATE OF JUAN TORRES

Hotel Location:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Date:  Monday October 31, 2022

 

This morning your driver will take you to the small village of Capula to visit the enchanting estate and studio of local maestro Juan Torres, who was first to create Catrina dolls from clay.

 

Enjoy Juan's mystical garden, browse through his collection of paintings, sculptures and Catrina dolls.

 

Spend about 45 mins to an hour in the Catrina Festival Art Market, where you will see a range of artwork, from high-end to tourist-trade.

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Depart Capula around 1:00 for Los Molcajetes restaurant in Quiroga. Chef Diego will make you a grande molcajete, served with homemade tortillas and beer.

 

Your driver will take you along the scenic route, with stunning views of Lake Patzcuaro.

 

Your last stop is at the art studio of award winning embroidery artist Teofila Servin, whose work features charming village scenes from the area.  Enjoy her selection of pillow cases, rebozos, blouses, dresses, and fabulous tapestries.

 

You should be back in Patzcuaro around 4 PM, depending on how long you browse in various art markets.
 

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This evening, we will have dinner and fascinating lecture at Bistro Monarca, before our first Muertos pilgrimage begins.

Meet at Bistro Monarca by 5:30.  Jaime will offer a visual presentation that explains many of the traditions we are about to experience, including insight into the roots of Dia de Muertos, different flowers that are significant, and an explanation of the special altars that are created during this observation.  Please bring a photo no larger than a 4x6 of a deceased loved one you would like to honour, as we are invited to participate in the altar.

At 8 PM, we will depart for a small village, where the locals are honouring the virgins and innocent children who have passed through.  Please bring $100 Pesos, as we will build two offrendas to bring to our host families.

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Transportation included

3 course menu included

Drinks + Drink Tips Separate

Please bring $100 MXN for our offrenda

Hotel is separate

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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 an optional 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 with family is $250 MXN Each

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.

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Breakfast included

Drinks + drink tips separate

Transportation is not included

Hotel in Patzcauro is not included

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DEPARTURE DAY

Hotel Location:  Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

Date:  Thursday November 3, 2022

 

This morning we meet for breakfast, before you depart to Zihuatanejo! Your last stop, along the way, will be the Pueblo Magico “copper” town of Santa Clara del Cobre! You will visit the school, have a chance to hammer on copper that is fresh from the fire, while learning about this incredible craft that has kept this town alive since the mid-1500’s. From here, you will head to the city of Uruapan, where you will have lunch before boarding your bus to Zihuatanejo.

 

Your bus will depart around 3 PM, arriving in Zihuatanejo around 8 PM.

 

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All Meals are Separate

Bus is 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

 

INCLUSIONS & RESERVATIONS

TRANSPORTATION
Private Van & Guide