"The more the art dominated my life and my house, the more the house became a home."

- Burt Reynolds

DOMINGO DE RAMOS & SEMANA SANTA

A Celebration of Handicraft Markets 

Collecting Art Beyond the Purepecha Plateau

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Zihuatanejo
Zihuatanejo
April 3-12, 2020
9 Nights/10 Days
6 Min / 12 Max
28+
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HOTEL LOCATIONS

Patzcuaro

Guanajuato City

Mineral de Pozos

Morelia

FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE?

Traveling from Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende, Puerta Vallarta or via Mexico City Airport?  No Problem!  Meet us in Uruapan!  Please contact us for options and suggestions!

PRICE $22,000 Ea
Price per person is based on shared accommodations for two.  If you are travelling with a friend and prefer a room with two beds, we can adjust your price. 
Single Supplement:  $8000

Love Me Some

Mexican Handicrafts! 

INTRODUCTION

Have you ever looked at artistic depictions of skeletons in Mexican galleries, and wondered how anyone could ever want one in their home?  It's quite possible you just haven't caught the bug yet!  Our experience has taught us that learning about an art form causes all sorts of people to surrender to the charms of pieces they previously considered hideous!

 

Whether it's La Catrina's, pineapple vessels, copper sinks, talavera dishes, embroidery, or baskets and masks, this tour caters to those who yearn to learn about and collect Mexican handicrafts.  We will also pursue all sorts of other activities and experiences along the way!  

 

Transportation for this tour includes public bus, taxi, private transportation horse back riding or hiking, and a boat ride.   

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE & LEARN  

  • Visit a Church that was devoured by Paricutin volcano

  • Enjoy Cupatitzio National Park in Uruapan

  • Watch the art parade & shop the largest art market of Mexico

  • Explore the majestic city of Guanajuato, including street theatre

  • Collect talavera pottery in Dolores Hidalgo

  • Visit a beautiful abandoned mine site in Mineral de Pozos

  • Sample wine at two small wineries

  • Soak in the Hotsprings of Atotonilco & visit the UNESCO Church there

  • Boat ride on Lake Patzcuaro to the famous Island of Janitzio

  • Visit Pueblo Magico Santa Clara del Cobre (Copper Town)

  • Wander the ancient Purepecha Capital of Tzintzuntzan

  • Browse the Juan Torres Gallery & pottery collectives of Capula

  • Witness the mysterious Procession of Silence in Morelia

BE CONSCIOUS OF LOCAL CULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

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

  • Please wear modest clothing in the art markets & churches

  • Please ask permission for close-up photographs

  • No flash photography in Churches - and please do not take photographs of people praying, funerals etc.

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 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Day One: Thursday April 2, 2020

Stay in Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro

 

Depart Zihuatanejo on the 9:30 AM bus for Uruapan, arriving at 1:45 PM. Our guide will greet us at the bus station and transport us directly to Angahuan, where we will ride on horseback to the ruins of the Church of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which was devoured by Paricutin Volcano in 1943. There are food stands here, so we can eat before we explore the church ruins. Sturdy shoes are a must, as the lava rock is sharp and uneven. If you have a pair of light gloves, these may also be helpful.

 

We will make a short stop at the church of Angahuan before heading to Patzcuaro for check-in and dinner.

 

Please note: We will bring a small cooler on the bus so you can bring a sandwich, yogurt etc.

 

 

Day Two: Friday April 3, 2020

Stay in Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro

 

This morning, our guide will pick us up at 8:30 for a 9 AM arrival in the Pueblo Magico copper town Santa Clara del Cobre. Here we will enjoy a demonstration before visiting the Perez Family. We will then head for the main plaza to browse through the copper galleries. We will depart Santa Clara del Cobre at 11:30 and head directly to Capula, arriving there at 12:15. We will first visit the artist studio and workshop of Juan Torres, who made La Catrina famous in the third dimension. We will also stop at the pottery collective in Capula before heading to Chef Diego’s Los Molcajetes restaurant in Quiroga.

 

Following lunch, we will make our way to the ancient Purepecha Capital of Tzintzuntzan, before exploring the village by the same name. Here we will visit the pottery studio of siblings Manuel and Angelica Morales, the handicraft market and Convent, where the oldest olive trees of Latin America reside. We will have dinner at Las Yacatas Restaurant before returning to Patzcuaro for the evening.

Day Three: Saturday April 4, 2020

Stay in Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro

 

This morning we will depart Patzcuaro by 9AM for Uruapan’s main central plaza. The Annual Art Parade is scheduled to start at 10 AM, though as it starts at the National Park, it takes time to make it to the plaza. This gives us a chance to secure a good spot – though today we will certainly battle the crowds! Following the art parade, the largest art market of Mexico opens, and we can spend the afternoon browsing through the wares of 1400+ vendors. We will see a diverse selection of pottery styles, copper work, embroidery, reed weaving, masks, figurines, furniture, dishes and toys in this market. This market is also complete with food stalls, where we can sample traditional cuisine from this region. Once everyone is satisfied with their purchases, we will visit Cupatitzio National Park to stroll the beautiful cobblestone pathways of this lush and tropical forest. From here, if time allows, we may stop at Tingambato Archaeological site on our way back to Patzcuaro for approximately 30 mins.

Day Four: Sunday April 5, 2020

Stay in Pueblo Magico Patzcuaro

 

This morning we will depart Patzcuaro by 8:30 AM in taxi’s for the docks of Lake Patzcuaro, where we will embark on a short boat ride to the famous Purepecha Isla de Janitzio. This touristy but enchanting island is a winding staircase of markets that lead up to the statue of Jose Morelos. Upon reaching the top, we can rest before entering the statue to view the museum of paintings suspended alongside the stair well that winds up the inside of the statue until you are standing in his hand. We will return to Patzcuaro around 12:30 PM for lunch in the local market – followed by a 30 mins walking tour. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy browsing the many galleries and shops of this adorable town.

Day Five: Monday April 6, 2020

Stay in UNESCO Centro Guanajuato City

 

This morning we will enjoy an early breakfast, departing by 8:30 AM for the UNESCO city centro of Guanajuato! Our first stop will be Atotonilco, where we will visit the UNESCO protected Sanctuary of Jesus de Nazarene. We will enjoy lunch at the local hotsprings here, followed by an afternoon soak in these medicinal waters.

Our next stop will be Dolores Hidalgo’s talavera shops and plaza, where the infamous Cry of Dolores rang out on September 16, 1810. Father Hidalgo’s call to arms triggered the War of Independence, which eventually concluded with Mexico’s independence from Spain. From Dolores Hidalgo, we will visit Cuna Tierra Winery for wine and a light charcuterie snack. Our last stop will be our destination – Guanajuato City.

 

 

Day Six: Tuesday April 7, 2020

Stay in UNESCO Centro Guanajuato City

 

Head out this morning for a walking tour is this majestic city of vibrant colour and countless tunnels. We will visit the Granary, the childhood home of Diego Rivera, the Juarez Theatre, Hidalgo Market, and Pipila. If you would like to visit the Mummy Museum, please let us know in advance. This is by far, Guanajuato’s most famous museum; however, our experience is that many visitors have found the experience unsettling. Perhaps more grim than having bodies on display, is the fact that their eviction from their graves was due to the inability of descendants to pay their upkeep in the cemetery. Among the mummies is a murder victim, a drowned man, and most disturbing, a woman who was accidentally buried alive and another woman who died with her baby. You have been warned.

 

We will enjoy some free time in the afternoon – but will meet at Juarez Theatre at 7:45 PM for a fun street theatre performance. Please wear comfortable shoes, as this performance requires some walking.

VISITING THE CHURCH OF

SAN JUAN PARANGARICUTIRO

Two weeks before the Volcan de Paricutin made its appearance, the villagers reported loud rumblings and shaking from below the ground. On the evening of February 20, 1943, Dionisio Pulido and his family located a hot patch of soil, bulging in the middle of their cornfield. Suddenly, the field grew six feet in height, spewing ash and sulphur gas into the night. Within hours, the mound had expanded into a small volcanic cone, with flames dancing as high as 2,600 feet into the sky. The following day, the volcano had pursued another 160 feet, and a week later was 500 feet high. The volcano continued to expand.

The villages of Paricutin and San Juan Parangaricutiro were permanently evacuated, with over 7,000 villagers who had to leave their homes without the chance of ever returning. By the time 5 days had passed, the volcano erupted, burying the two villages. Today, only the tower of the San Juan Parangaricutiro is still visible from a distance, though upon closer inspection, one can see the lava stopped right before the church altar  - something that is considered quite auspicious to those who left these villages behind.

THE CRY OF DOLORES

& WAR OF INDEPENDENCE

It is said that at 5 AM on September 16, 1810 at the Nuestra Senora de los Dolores Parish Church, the bells rang out much earlier than usual. Called "The Cry of Dolores," it was Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla beckoning his congregation to enlist in a movement against the gapuchines - a term referring to the Spanish overlords who ruled Mexico at that time. In neighboring San Miguel de Allende, Ignacio Allende joined Hidalgo despite personal differences, as he too believed in a need for Mexican Independence. It wasn't long before the citizens of Guanajuato City had joined this call to arms, helping to temporarily seize the city from the Spanish loyalists. Unfortunately for them, once the Spaniards regained control, a gruesome punishment was administered upon the public. Known as "The Lottery of Death," this sentence involved drawing random names of the forlorn "winners," who were then tortured before being hanged. La Ruta del la Libertad also includes Morelia, where Hidalgo arrived one year after his call to arms. Hidalgo and his rebels were successful in overtaking the city, which was known then as Valladolid. This siege ended slavery in Mexico, and the city was later renamed Morelia after Mexican Independence hero Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon. Tragically, Hidalgo did eventually meet his demise in the city of Chihuahua. Intending to purchase arms and employ mercenaries from the United States, Hidalgo's mission failed when he and his men were captured in 1811. After being executed by firing squad, their heads were sent to Guanajuato City where they were strung up in cages on the Alhóndiga de Granaditas. Revered as martyrs, the execution and voyeuristic exhibition of Hidalgo, Allende, Aldama and Jiminez only fueled the rage of their followers. Ten years later the loyalists were defeated - and the Declaration of Independence was signed on September 28, 1821 in Mexico City.

 

To this day, each year on the eve of Independence Day, the Cry of Dolores is re-enacted by the President in Mexico City, using the very bell Hidalgo used.

Day Seven: Wednesday April 8, 2020

Stay in Pueblo Magico Mineral de Pozos

 

This morning we depart Guanajuato City for the Pueblo Magico ghost town of Mineral de Pozos. This low-key town has little in the way of night life, art galleries or museums; however, the quaint village is scattered with various hacienda ruins, a lavender farm, a fossil mine that we can enter, and the home of Luis Cruz, who builds beautiful pre-hispanic instruments. We will also visit the mysterious structure out at Exhacienda Santa Brigida, which is an old abandoned mine site. Rich with picturesque views for those who love photography, there are ovens here with three vaulted chimneys, and a celestial building that fills with moonlight on the summer solstice. The old Hacienda is not open to the public, though sometimes the owner is here. We will have dinner at the restaurant in our hotel, which is centrally located.

Day Eight: Thursday April 9, 2020

Stay in UNESCO Centro Morelia

 

This morning we will depart Mineral de Pozos for Dos Buhos Winery. After enjoying a wine tour and some samples, , we will hit the hwy back to Michoacan – destined for the UNESCO Centro of Morelia. As we will be staying in the centro of Morelia, we can head out for dinner at one of the lovely restaurants on the plaza.

 

Day Nine: Friday April 10, 2020
Stay in UNESCO Centro Morelia

 

This morning we will enjoy a lovely champagne breakfast, followed by a day to explore the city. We can organize a walking tour, unless guests would prefer to go on a self-guided walking tour. This evening, we will enjoy an early dinner at Cielo Cocina Fusion, which is Morelia’s number 1 restaurant. Following this, we will head for the plaza to witness the religious and enigmatic Procession of Silence – an annual religious observation of the Cofradio, who are a pious sect of the Catholic church.  (The Cofradia wear pointed hats, but are in no way associated with the KKK).

 

 

Day Ten: Saturday April 11, 2020

 

This morning we will depart our hotel for the 11 AM bus back to the sandy shores of Zihuatanejo. We hope you have enjoyed our tour, and will join us again in future!

TRIP INCLUSIONS

If you are travelling from elsewhere and would like information for travel to Uruapan and from Morelia, please contact us for assistance!

Meals – 4 Meals included

 

4 x Breakfast

Water (Please bring refillable bottle)

Transportation

Includes Public Bus, Taxi, Private Van, Boat

Horseback Riding at Paricutin is Optional

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Sights & Activities

All entrance fees & activities included

Orphanage Donation

Soul of Mexico Tours will donate $2000 Pesos to Hogar Irekani Orphanage in Morelia,

which houses 23 children aged infant - 18+.  If you would like to make an additional donation, please contact us.  

RESERVATION & CANCELLATION POLICY

TO SECURE YOUR RESERVATION

To secure your reservation, we require a 25 % non-refundable deposit.

We require the balance 3 months prior to departure.

Please download, print, read and bring Waiver with you.  All waivers must be signed before our tour begins.

TO CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION

If you cancel 2 months prior to our departure, we will retain 50% of the total cost.

If your cancellation falls within the 2 months prior to our departure, we will retain 100% of the total cost minus hotels that allow us last-minute cancellation, minus cost of activities that are covered on a per/person basis (such as a gondola ride, museum entrance fee, dinner party*, etc) This will vary, depending on the tour

* Most breakfasts on our inclusions list are part of your hotel reservation. If we cannot secure a refund from the hotel, we cannot refund the meal

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Please send this to your emergency contact person, in case they need to reach you.

Jennifer Bjarnason

Mexican Cell +52 443 639 2782 (Oct - Apr)

Canadian Cell 001 778 585 1882 (Apr - Oct)

Whatsapp: 001 778 585 1882 (Year Round)

Email: info@soulofmexicotours.com

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