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A CULTURAL ODYSSEY
Dia de Muertos
Michoacan State, Mexico
6 Nights / 7 Days
October 27 -November 2, 2025
$22,000 MXN

"You die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time"

- Banksy

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DID YOU KNOW?  The celebration for Day of the Dead begins with a special observation for the children and innocent souls on the evening of October 31, which lasts into November 1.  On the evening of November 1, loved ones prepare for their next celebration for adult loved-ones, with vigils starting at midnight and lasting through the day on November 2.  We recommend staying for the night on November 2, as our night tour doesn´t end until around 4:30 AM that morning.  Having time to rest and process all you´ve witnessed is a beneficial conclusion.  

Trip Overview

 

DIA DE MUERTOS IN PATZCUARO IS STILL TRADITIONAL

The cusp of autumn and winter marks the time of year when the veil between the living and dead is thinnest. As the harvest season begins to turn, embark on a journey through the ancient mysticism of an age-old culture that continues to celebrate the richness of living.  

To be welcomed into intimate spaces where family members are honoring their dead means traditional protocols must be adhered to.  We take our direction from the keepers of this observation, which prohibits visitors from dressing up in Catrina make-up, or in any form of costume.  We ask our guests to be respectful of the locals, and to ask us if you have any questions.

 

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

Bienvenidos
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This extensive exploration of Dia de Muertos delves into the preparations that precede this enchanting celebration, and will introduce you to many communities and experiences around the Lake Patzcuaro region during the day and night.
Trip Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

 

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7 NIGHTS IN PATZCUARO ARE NOT INCLUDED.  PLEASE BOOK YOUR HOTEL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AS THIS IS OUR BUSIEST HOLIDAY.

Sunday October 27, 2024: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Arrive in Patzcuaro around 4 PM and meet us for dinner

 

Monday October 28, 2024: Copper & Catrinas

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Make a small copper project with artists in their traditional studio, and visit Capula`s annual art market and Juan Torres Estate.

Tuesday October 29, 2024: La Fiesta de las Catrinas

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Visit the Santuario de Santa Muerte, visit a mezcal distillery for tasting, and have lunch made by a traditional Pùrepecha family.  This evening is our 6th Annual La Fiesta de las Catrinas.

Wednesday October 30, 2024: Follow the Marigolds

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Visit Isla de Pacanda to learn about the prepartions for Dia de Muertos, and learn hands-on, how the symbolic marigold altars are made.  

Thursday October 31, 2024: Remembering Souls of Innocence

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

AM visit to Isla de Janitzio for lunch followed by an evening observation in a nearby village during the Vigil for the Innocents, being babies, children and virgins.

Friday November 1, 2024: Journey of Remembrance

Hotel: Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Procession of Altars & All-Night Noche de Muertos vigils

Saturday November 2, 2024: Rest for the Wicked

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Return to Patzcuaro by 4:30 AM to rest and process all you´ve experienced

Sunday November 3, 2024: Home Sweet Home

Hotel: Paracho, Michoacan Mexico

Return to your home or next destination

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We love organizing workshops so guests have the hands-on experience to learn some of the skills required for these beautiful art forms.  Our copper workshop is a ton of fun, and is held in the home studio of a master artist.  The piece will be pre-prepared, so you will be forging it in the fire, and pounding it into shape.  You have the option of making a bracelet or a small bowl.  We will also visit some of the copper galleries so you can see the exquisite pieces that are made here.  

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

The price of $22,000 MXN per person is based on 6-12 Guests in a van that seats 14 Passengers.  During the Noche de Muertos tour, we may combine two groups in a large bus due to a shortage of rental vans, and high costs that are more easily shared between many guests.  We will have 4 team leaders to assist everyone, as everyone will break into smaller groups once out of the van.

 

Please Note:  Dia de Muertos is the most expensive time to visit our region, and the van and boat rental prices are sky-high during this holiday, especially post-pandemic.  These costs are beyond our control, and our price reflects what we are charged.  We work hard to keep our prices as low as possible, but due to our logistics, we have had to increase our price this year.  Please keep in mind that we are in a quieter region with personal invites from local families and communities, which means our operating costs (per person) are higher than large corporate tour agencies who book 80 to 300 guests per group.  These large group tours are why we have spent time researching and organizaing a completely different route, for a more intimate experience for our guests.   

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

All ground and boat transportation is included.  We will have a cooler with ice for the van, and we provide a large container of water so you can refil your water bottles.   

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Your hotel in Patzcuaro is NOT included.  Please secure your hotel ASAP, as this is our busiest holiday..

 

MEALS 

We include 5 lunches, 3 dinners and 1 mezcal tasting.

BOAT RIDES

We will visit Janitzio Island, Pacanda Island, and enjoy a boat ride on Noche de Muertos.  These are all included.  

DISCRETIONARY TIPS
If you feel your team leaders have done a good job, tips are customary and appreciated in Mexico.  This also applies to room service at your hotel.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

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Price & Inclusions
La Catrina was invented in the early 1900`s, and though she is now an iconic feature of Dia de Muertos, she is not traditional nor indigenous.  We host a really fun and festive costume party for our guests, but prohibit anyone from wearing catrina make-up or costumes during our tours.  We must respect local protocols, and take our instruction from the indigenous Pùrepecha who are hosting us.  As you will observe during your tour, the elders and young adults never wear catrina costumes during their vigils, though some now allow their children to dress up.

Guest Responsibilities

 

BE A TEAM PLAYER

When you embark on a group tour, it is important to acknowledge that your tour leaders are there to assist the group.  If you have specific needs that are in conflict with group travel, please contact us about booking a private tour.

BE ON TIME

Please arrive ten minutes early instead of 5 minutes late.  It is crucial for groups to respect departure times so we can keep our schedule as fluid as possible.  Traffic is a huge obstacle during Dia de Muertos, so walking to our departure points is advised (taxis are busy and often unavailable during the day).

CHANGE SEATS DAILY

Nobody wants to sit in the middle or be relegated to the back seat for the duration of an entire tour.  Out of consideration for fellow travelers, please trade seats daily.  If you´re in the front one day, opt for the back on the second day.  If you have the window seat one day, opt for the middle for the next commute.  

ALWAYS BE PREPARED 

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, please alert us so we can go over the meal times with you and ensure that you are prepared with appropriate supplements in the event that a meal is delayed.  If you get irritable due to low blood sugar, please bring along some protein bars or known remedies for your condition.  If you have allergies, please let us know when you reserve your tour so we have plenty of notice for any meals that are being prepared for you. 

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU SKIP A DAY TOUR

Sometimes a guest feels under the weather, or just wants to spend a day doing nothing.  If you decide to skip a tour, you are responsible for your own meals, as we may not be returning to the hotel until closer to supper time.  The hotel desk can call you a taxi, or may be able to recommend a restaurant nearby.  Talk to your team leaders before they leave if you´d like them to bring you something back at the end of the group tour.  If you are staying behind because you are seriously ill, we will call a doctor and one of the team leaders will stay behind to run to the pharmacy for you and make sure you have what you need.  In severe cases, you may require hospitalization or even want to cancel your remaining tour for emergency private transport home.  If you are having a medical event, we will do everything we can to assist you.

Please make sure you purchase medical insurance, and send us your emergency contact information.

 

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT? 

Everyone suffers a complaint at some point during a group trip, but how one handles that complaint can affect everyone else.  If you have anger-management issues and are prone to yelling or disruptive outbursts, you will be removed from the group without warning.  We will arrange your transportation home, at your own expense.  It is our responsibility to make sure guests feel safe and that the group dynamic is peaceful and light-hearted. 

 

If you have a serious complaint with one of your team leaders or fellow travelers, please take them aside privately to discuss it.  Berating anyone in front of other guests creates a negative environment for everyone and will not be tolerated.

CONCLUSION

Please remember that flexibility is part of being a seasoned traveler and mature adult.  None of us can predict what bumps may lie ahead, but most annoyances and obstacles are temporary and can either be prevented, or tempered with a little humor and diplomacy.

We are dedicated to ensuring your experience with us is positive

 

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Guest Responsibilties
Tzintzuntzan means "Place of Hummingbirds" in the Pùrepecha language.  During our Procession of Altars tour to Tzintzuntzan, you may choose to visit this interesting archaeological site.  We recommend doing this before lunch as you will not want to miss the cemeteries following our meal.  Guests can also choose to visit the church and ex-convent, or enjoy the artisan market. 

Cancellation Policy

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING

We have recently made some very drastic changes to our reservation and cancellation policy because as a small business that is privately owned, we cannot afford the financial fall-out when guests cancel their tours.  We would like to explain our new policy and shed some light on why this was necessary.

WE NOW REQUIRE TOURS TO BE PAID IN FULL 

We used to ask for a 25% deposit, and then moved to a 50% deposit - but this still didn´t ensure commitment and left us enduring huge financial hardship when guests dropped out.  We are now forced to require full payment for your tour in order to confirm your reservation.

COST SHARING

When we price our tours, costs are divided into two categories.  Your hotel room (if applicable), entrance fees, and meal inclusions are a per-person cost, but the van rental, gas, tolls, driver, guides and all of their expenses are shared between all of the guests.  Once we confirm a price for 10 guests, the price reflects that cost sharing.  If one guest must cancel, we cannot raise the price for the other 9 guests who have already confirmed based on an agreed-to amount, and who have already purchased plane tickets etc.  Going forward, commitment means we cannot offer refunds for cancelled tours.

 

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR TOUR

We will reimburse you for any entrance fees and activities we do not have to pay for, minus the banking fees we are charged.  We cannot always secure a refund from the hotels, so this will be assessed on an individual basis.  We will not reimburse you for the shared costs, as we must cover them regardless of your presence.

 

YOU MAY TRANSFER YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE

If you have to cancel your tour, you may transfer it to a family member or friend.  We will also try to find someone to take your place.  If we can find someone to take your place, we will refund you for your tour minus the cost of the banking fees, as we do not get those back.

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Cancellation Policy
There is little in this world more intriguing than being out for the vigils as night in the Lake Patzcuaro area.  All cultures have views around death, but few of us maintain ancestral practices today.  Though Dia de Muertos traditions have been fused with the Catholic world view here, there are many aspects to this observance that remain deeply rooted in the Pùrepecha world view.  We will be discussing the many symbols and objects that are common to see here, such as a town with a colossal horse, the use of marigolds on arches, graves and pathways, various items seen on the offrendas, and more.

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WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

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Wise Discount

 

SAVE 2.5% WITH WISE

If you would like to open a WISE account, please click on the link below, as WISE uses a referral system and pays us a small reward after 3 new transactions (for new accounts) are made.  Between this gift and the fact that WISE does not charge us the hefty fees we pay to STRIPE for credit card processing, we are able to discount our tours by 2.5% when you pay with WISE!

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Please click on the link and open an account through their referral system:  https://wise.com/invite/dic/jenniferb907

 

DISCOUNTED PRICES:

1 Guest saves $550 MXN and pays $21,450 MXN

2 Guests save $1100 MXN and pay $42,900 MXN
 

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