OVERVIEW of Day of the Dead Odyssey
Día de los Muertos
October 28th – November 5th, 2023
Experience the Traditional Indigenous “Día de los Muertos”
The license plate of cars from Michoacán says “La Alma de Mexico,” which means “The Soul of Mexico.“ And it is true: the crafts, the traditions, the beauty of the state of Michoacán embody the essence of the many- faceted nation on our southern border. We offer this trip as a way for adventurous Northerners to experience the culture of our neighbor to the south, particularly at this time of year when the traditions are so rich and layered during the days of Día de los Muertos.
We explore different towns and villages and experience unique cultural traditions. This trip follows the Monarch Migration as they arrive in time for the Day of the Dead. We’ve also included time to meet local people, time to swim, to sample delicious Mexican cooking, time to visit the major historical sites of Michoacán. All this while being warmed by the Mexican sunshine. Come join us on this late autumn adventure. Experience the beauty and profound cultural traditions of our southerly neighbors. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
This trip explores the magical state of Michoacán and includes visits to three of the Pueblo Magicos located there. We’ll start out in the town of Zinapecuaro and from there head to Pueblo Magico Santa Clara del Cobre. We’ve got a stay planned at the cabańas in Zirahuen during their annual community festival and from there to private house rental on the island of Yunuen. This is base as we explore the Pueblo Magicos of Tzintzuntzan and Patzcuaro. We finish our tour in the colonial city of Morelia. This is a special time to be in Mexico and experience the Day of the Dead, make new friends and enjoy the tastes, sounds and sunshine of central Mexico.
Day of the Dead 2023
October 28th – November 5th, 2023
- Day 1 – Arrival Fly to Morelia International Airport (MLM) and stay in Zinapecuáro, Michoacán, Mexico at La Posada de los Colorines at Atzimba Water Park which includes access to the healing waters of their mineral pools. We’ll also see the harvest of Marigolds from the fields surrounding Morelia in a feast of colors and scents.
- Day 2 – Apertura Opening celebration at the pyramid of Zirahuato to welcome our ancestors and the Monarch butterflies on their migration to México to mark the beginning of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Michoacán
- Delight in thousands of Poinsettias (Noche Buenas) in full bloom at a local nursery
- Day 3 – Explore the Pueblo Magico Santa Clara del Cobre where we’ll explore the artisans in copper unique to this area and observe a workshop where we can learn about the process
- Stay at rustic cabańas on Lake Zirahuen and play a traditional game of Loteria
- Day 4 – Photograph as we ramble through the tropical rainforest of Uruapan National Park to see waterfalls and other natural views along the river
- Celebrate the Festival del Rosario in the village of Zirahuen
- Day 5 – Experience the view at el Mirador del Estribo where we’ll have an overview of Lake Patzcuaro on our way to the Zona Arqueológica de Ihuatzio.
- Participate in the traditional Day of the Dead celebration in Tzintzuntzan that starts with the annual procession to the Ex-Convento de Santa Ana and continues on to the cemetery
- Travel by boat to the island of Yunuen in Lake Patzcuaro at private house rental where we’ll spend two nights.
- Day 6 – Absorb the sights and sounds of this celebration on our tour of Patzcuaro with free time to peruse the multiple artisan markets that are only available during this season
- Day 7 Journey
- Visit La Feria de la Catrina at Capula. Capula is the home of the Catrina which has become a symbol of Day of the Dead.
- Day 8 Walkabout and spend time in the colonial city and UNESCO world heritage site of Morelia with a city tour and free time to explore on your own
- Day 9 Clausura See the Ex Convento de Santa María Magdalena Cuitzeo and the Zona Arqueológica de Tres Cerritos
- Dinner at Hotel de La Soledad and closing celebration at Hotel Historias
- Day 10 Departure
DATES, PRICES & INFORMATION
Group size limited to 10. Register now!
$2049 per person (double occupancy) see booking form for payment options
20% discount if booked by July 4th, 2023
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Airfare not include.
Price includes accommodations and breakfast and all transportation to and from your starting point, along with admission to all attractions.
All other meals are at the travelers expense and we recommend that you plan on spending around 300 USD on food, incidentals, souvenirs and tips during the trip. Travel insurance and proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required.