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Colony of Monarch Butterflies
HOPE FOR THE MONARCHS
Monarch Butterfly Tour
from Queretaro
1 Night / 2 Days
January 21-24, 2025
TBA

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream"  - Vincent Van Gogh

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Trip Overview

 

VISIT THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES IN MEXICO

Follow the Monarch butterflies to their wintering homeland in the oyamel forests of Michoacan State!  

 

WE DO NOT TAKE COMMISSION MONEY FROM THE ARTISTS WE WORK WITH.  OCCASSIONALLY THEY CHOOSE TO GIVE ONE OF THE TEAM LEADERS A GIFT FOR BRINGING THEM BUSINESS, BUT THIS IS NOT COMPULSORY OR REQUESTED.   

 

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782


The Pùrepecha Meseta remains untouched by tourism.  We are fortunate to be hosted by these incredibly skilled weavers while on tour, so guests may browse for exquisite textiles and enjoy breaking tortillas with the family.  
 
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This feather-fringed rebozo was woven on a backstrap loom, and is a style that is very famous in this region due to a renaissance of fashion among weavers here.  Iconic Mexican singer Lila Downs dons an exquisite rebozo from the village where this piece was made.  These rebozos are a perfect accessory for wearing at Christmas, New Year or gala-style events or dinner parties.

Trip Itinerary

 

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2 NIGHTS IN PATZCUARO & 2 NIGHTS IN PARACHO

Wednesday September 18, 2024: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Visit Capula, Santa Fe de la Laguna & Tzintzuntzan

Thursday September 19, 2024: Copper & Cobblestones

Hotel: Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Visit Santa Clara del Cobre & Patzcuaro Centro

Friday September 20, 2024: Masks and Shawls

Hotel:  Paracho, Michoacan Mexico

Visit Sevina, Comachuen, Turicuaro & Cheran

Saturday September 21, 2024: Lost Village of San Juan Parangaricutiro

Hotel: Paracho, Michoacan Mexico

Visit Zacan, Angahuan, Charapan & San Felipe de los Herreros

Sunday September 22, 2024: Exquisite Textiles & Pots of Clay

Hotel:  N/A - Return to San Miguel de Allende

Visit Paracho Market, Cocucho, Ocumicho, San Jose & Return to San Miguel de Allende  

Trip Itinerary
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Santa Clara del Cobre glimmers with unique copper pieces that are forged in fire.  We will visit a family of exceptional artists and enjoy free time so you may browse through the gift shops and galleries in the centro.  If you are seeking something specific, please let us know ahead of time so we can check around in advance.
 
Price & Inclusions

Price & Inclusions

 

WE NEED A GROUP OF ART LOVERS FOR A LOWER PRICE

The price of $15,000 MXN per person reflects the individual and shared costs associated with group tours.  We need 14 guests to guarantee the price of $15,000 MXN.  Costs include van rental, gas, tolls, driver and guide services, their expenses and your expenses.  If we can only find 8 guests for this tour, the price goes up to $22,000 MXN because there are fewer people to share these costs with. 

Prices Based on Cost Sharing

8 Guests:  $22,000 MXN Each

10 Guests:  $19,000 MXN Each

12 Guests:  $17,000 MXN Each

14 Guests:  $15,000 MXN Each

If you are serious about committing to this tour, please email us to be added to our guest list.  We will email everyone on April 1 to confirm how many guests we have, with price confirmation based on that number.  If we sell more seats for this tour after our cut-off date, the price will be adjusted and guests refunded the difference.

What is Included

TRANSPORTATION  

We provide private transportation for a maximum of 14 guests departing from San Miguel de Allende on April 10, returning on the evening of April 14.  The Mercedes van seats 20 passengers, so between guests and guides, there will be 4 empty seats available for your art purchases.  (We will also use the roof-rack for luggage, if necessary).  We will bring a cooler with ice for the van, so guests can purchase cold juice, beer or wine for your enjoyment.  We provide water in the van.   

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Your hotel in Patzcuaro will be centrally located within walking distance of the main plaza, art galleries and restaurants.  The hotel in Paracho is basic, but comfortable and clean with excellent water pressure and hot water in the shower.  Hotel room prices are based on 2 guests, so if you are travelling alone, the single supplement is $3800 MXN extra, unless we can match you with a roommate.  If we cannot find you a roommate, you are responsible for the single supplement.

 

MEALS 

All of your meals are included.  All drinks + beverage tips are separate.   

HORSEBACK RIDING 

We will hike or ride to the ruins of an interesting village that was devoured by Paricutin Volcano in the 1940`s, so the cost of riding is separate.  Sturdy shoes are mandatory for walking on the lava (though that is also optional).  

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.

Monarch Butterfly Tours
First created by political cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada, La Catrina became famous across Mexico following a mural painted by Diego Rivera.  Maestro Juan Torress was first to represent La Catrina using ceramic as a medium, putting La Catrina and the town of Capula on the map.  We will visit the Torres family estate to browse through his highly collectible Catrina dolls & fine-art studio.

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

When we are checking out of a hotel, please bring your suitcase to the lobby before breakfast so we have time to load the van while you are eating.  This helps keep our schedule fluid.

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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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, 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.

Cancellation Policy
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The copper galleries of Santa Clara del Cobre shimmer with a plethora of patinas.  The workmanship employed by the artisans of this Pueblo Magico is diverse, and you may custom order work here that they will have delivered to your door.  You will find lovely home decor, including art pieces for sinks, bathtubs, pendant and table lamps, barware, furniture and more.

Reserve Tour

 

EMAIL JENNIFER TO BE ADDED TO THE GUEST LIST

If you are serious about committing to this tour, please send Jennifer an email to be added to our guest list.  If you have questions, but are not serious about committing to this tour, please indicate this when you write to us.

We will email everyone on April 1 to confirm the price based on how many of you are interested in coming.  Once everyone has confirmed, we will send a payment link that is due the same day (April 1).

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

Reserve Tour
The whimsical ceramics of Ocumicho are coveted across Mexico and by international collectors who are won-over by their charm.  Fired using traditional methods, these pieces are quite fragile and will be packed carefully.  Expect to feel overwhelmed when you visit these studios, as they are packed full of vibrant supernatural depictions of animals, devils driving cars and comical religious allegories.  Learn about the history behind this endearing artform and leave with some treasures that are sure to bring some laughter to your home.
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This delicate and sheer rebozo is perfect for summer picnics and weddings, or cool summer evenings when the sun goes down.  Woven on a backstrap loom, this garment resembles lace and requires about 3 months to complete.  Just stringing the loom takes one full day, and none of this accounts for how long it takes a weaver to master this skill.  Laura Equiha, who wove this shawl, has work at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and she also recently delivered a wedding dress to a private collector in Hollywood.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?

We offer you a 2.5% discount if you send payment through WISE.

You can pay using a credit card with STRIPE

If you are Canadian, you can send us an e-transfer to coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

CAN WE BARTER FOR OUR ART PURCHASES?

The artists of Michoacan have established prices, and though they will barter if they haven't had a sale recently, bartering is frowned upon here.  Many of these art forms take years to master, and months to complete just one piece.  Respecting the asking price encourages the artists and their children to keep creating, which is especially important for the textiles and other dying art forms.

DO THE ARTISTS ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Some of the artists now accept credit cards, but particularly in the Meseta, banks are uncommon and artists only accept cash.  There are bank machines in Patzcuaro and Paracho, but it is advised to carry cash.  If you are interested in a specific medium, please let us know ahead of time so we can guestimate approximate values.  For example the exquisite rebozos can range between $2500 to $12,000 pesos, the warm wool woven gabons in Charapan are around $18,000 pesos, but the ceramics in Ocumicho can range between $50 to $8,000 pesos, depending on the size of the piece.  The large clay pots are priced at around $1200 to $2000 pesos, and the pineapple vessels start at around $200 pesos, and go up to $18,000 pesos for large and extravagant pieces.

 

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

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Though these stunning vessels look like pineapples, the original artform here depicted pinecones and later evolved.  Learn about the evolution of this art form and break tortillas with the family here, where we will have our final lunch before guests return to San Miguel de Allende.  If you would like more photographs of the art mediums we will see, please contact us for more information.
 
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