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2026 CULTURAL ODYSSEY
DIA DE MUERTOS
A Cultural Odyssey
Lake Patzcuaro Region, Michoacan Mexico
6 Nights /7 Days
October 27 - November 2, 2026
TBA

"It is spring again. The earth is like a child

that knows poems by heart."

- Rainer Maria Rilke

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DID YOU KNOW?  The city of Uruapan has one of Michoacan`s most treasured parks right inside the city.  The Cupatizio is a spring-fed river with a mysterious legend that involves the Devil himself!      

Trip Overview

 

THIS IS MEXICO`S BEST EASTER CELEBRATION

The powerful intrigue of the Cofradia crowns our exploration of Semana Santa in Michoacan, but the vibrant fun begins one day before Domingo de Ramos with a festive parade of artisans dancing their pieces through the streets in a mirage of sound, colour and excitement.  Between Domingo de Ramos and Good Friday´s Procession of Silence, we will take you on an incredible and diverse experience that includes a church and village devoured by a volcano, an ancient archaeological site, Michoacan`s certified Mezcal route, a tortilla class, copper workshop and more.

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

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The annual Easter parade opens the handicraft market in Uruapan each year on the Saturday prior to Domingo de Ramos.  To witness this spectacle at least once should be a priority for everyone living in Mexico, as this is a tradition that has won over crowds for more than 50 years.

Trip Itinerary

 

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3 NIGHTS IN URUAPAN, 5 NIGHTS IN PATZCUARO

Friday March 27, 2026: The Enchanted Forest

Hotel: Uruapan, Michoacan Mexico

Please arrive in Uruapan by 1 PM for lunch.  We will check into the hotel and head to the National Cupatizio Park for the afternoon.

 

Saturday March 28, 2026: A Dance of Artisans

Hotel: Uruapan, Michoacan Mexico

Attend the magical artisan parade this morning, then break for free time this afternoon to shop a market with over 2000 vendors.

Sunday March 29, 2026: Strings & Other Things

Hotel: Uruapan, Michoacan Mexico

Visit the Pueblo Magico "Guitar" town of Paracho and the independent indigenous town of Cheran.  Eat lamb tacos for lunch.  Return to Uruapan to see the exquisite adjudicated art pieces.

Monday March 30, 2026: The Lost Villages of Paricutin

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

This morning we visit the church and village devoured by Paricutin volcano before heading to Patzcuaro via the ancient city of Tingambato.

Tuesday March 31, 2026: Enchanting Streets of Cobblestone

Hotel: Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

Depart on a walking tour of Patzcuaro this morning to learn about the fascinating history here.  Break away for an afternoon of free time to explore or rest.

Wednesday April 1, 2026: Lake Patzcuaro or Bust

Hotel: Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

This morning we will head to Capula before heading around the back of Lake Patzcuaro, visiting a plethora of small but interesting villages and Michoacan`s quirkiest church.

Thursday April 2, 2026: Making Tortillas the Pùrepecha Way

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

This morning we board a boat for the Pacanda Island where we will learn how to make tortillas.  We will have lunch here, then depart for the important town of Tzintzuntzan.

Friday April 3, 2026: La Ruta del Mezcal

Hotel:  Patzcuaro, Michoacan Mexico

This morning we depart for Michoacan`s certified Mezcal Route to visit distilleries for mezcal tasting.  We will return for an afternoon of free time.  This evening we will observe the mysterious Procession of Silence.

Saturday April 4, 2026: Doors of Shimmering Copper

Hotel:  N/A

Enjoy an early morning copper workshop in Santa Clara del Cobre and explore the centro.  We will have lunch before guests depart for home.  Please let us know where you are travelling from so we can assist with bus schedules or private drivers.

We hope you enjoy this Easter adventure and will join us again!

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The church ruins of San Juan Parangaricutiro are picturesque and powerful, as is the small village where we will have lunch with a local family

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

This tour price is TBA.  We will announce the price closer to the end of 2025, when we know the van rental and hotel rates.  Meanwhile, please email us and ask to be added to our mailing list about this tour so we can keep you updated once the price is confirmed.

WE ARE ACCEPTING REQUESTS FOR THIS TOUR

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

Private ground transportation is included from Uruapan to Patzcuaro and for all excursions.   

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Your hotels are included, but are priced based on shared accommodations for 2.  If you are travelling alone, we can try to find you a roommate, but if we are unable to do so, you are responsible for the single supplement cost, as this is what the hotel charges us.

 

MEALS 

7 Lunches are included

1 Dinner is included

2 Mezcal tastings are included 

BOAT RIDE

We will enjoy a lovely boat ride to Isla de Pacanda, which is included. 

HORSEBACK RIDING

When we visit the Church ruins of Paricutin, the horseback riding is optional as some guests may prefer to walk.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees and activity fees are 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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One specific burial at Tingambato surprised archaeologists.  Learn about this interesting site when you join our tour!

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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Isla de Pacanda is a traditional Pùrepecha island and village.  Coming here for the day is a treat, as life truly slows down on the rural streets that are absent of cars.

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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The Cofradia are a sect of the Roman Catholic Church that began in the 1500`s around the time New Spain was being colonized by the Spaniards.  Naturally, the sect was imported to New Spain, where it remains a strong tradition among conservative Catholics.  They are not affiliated with the KKK, despite their pointy caps.  They wear bare feet and hide their faces to be incognito while showing humility in front of God.  This is an intriguing and mesmerizing procession to witness.

Reserve Tour

 

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

Please email us if you are interested in this tour.  We will send payment links once we have enough guests to confirm the tour.

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!

DON`T HAVE A WISE ACCOUNT? 

 

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

 

DISCOUNTED PRICES:
Once we have our price confirmed, we will list the discounted prices.

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