Day of the Dead

OVERVIEW of the Day of the Dead Odyssey

Día de los Muertos

October 25th – November 7th, 2020

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 has been expanded to explore more of the magical state of Michoacán. We’ll start out in the town of Zinapecuaro and from there head to a hot springs resort in the eastern part of the state where we may even encounter migrating Monarch butterflies as they begin to arrive. We’ve got a special stay planned at the Hacienda de la Cruz near Santa Clara del Cobre and from there to the island of Yunuen, on to Patzcuaro and 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.

October 25th – November 7th, 2020

Trip Highlights

  • Stay with host family in Zinapecuaro, Michoacán, Mexico (20 minutes from Morelia airport).
  • Explore the ruins of San Felipe de Alzati, a pyramid structure from the 16th century, with expansive views of the surrounding valley.
  • Visit Hotel Spa Agua Blanco located in a tropical valley, surrounded by flowers and waterfalls and hot springs.
  • Learn about colonial history and unique characters at the Hacienda de la Condesa de Miravalle.
  • 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.
  • Stay at Hacienda de la Cruz, a 15th century hacienda converted into a boutique hotel.
  • Hike or ride a horse to see the ruins of the church in a lava field at San Juan Parangaricutiro.
  • Participate in the Festival del Rosario in the village of Zirahuen.
  • Spend two nights on the island of Yunuen in Lake Patzcuaro
  • Observe both the traditional and contemporary celebrations of the Day of the Dead in Michoacán.
  • Walk among the ruins of Tzintzuntzan.
  • Tour the city of Patzcuaro and it’s amazing artisans market, library and churches.
  • Spend time in the colonial city and UNESCO world heritage site of Morelia.

Group size limited to 10. Register now!

$1875 per person (double occupancy) see booking form for payment options

20% discount if booked by July 4th, 2020



Airfare not include.

Price includes accommodations and breakfast and all transportation to and from your starting point.

All other meals are at the travelers expense and we recommend that you plan on spending around 300 USD on food, incidentals and souvenirs during the trip. Travel insurance is recommended.