Day of the Dead in Michoacán – Tour Module

On this Mexico Tour Module join the colourful festivities of Mexico´s mystical Day of the Dead celebrations! Visit the floating gardens of Xochimilco and the spooky Island of Dolls. Explore the beautiful and aristocratic city of Morelia as well as the small village of Pátzcuaro which is famous for its authentic Day of the Dead celebrations.

Tag 1
Arrival in Mexico City

According to your time of arrival you will be picked up from the airport in Mexico City and brought to your hotel. Use the rest of the day to explore the historical center on foot and visit the Palacio Bellas Artes, the Old Post Office, the huge Zócalo with its famous Cathedral “Metropolitana” and the Government Palace with its impressive murals by Diego Riviera, amongst others. If you are lucky, you can join in one of the parades and festivities that take place every year during the Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. Explore the beautifully decorated city with all the colourful altars, flowers and costumes. If you have some time left, visit the Anthropological museum and the Chapultepec park which is close by. Overnight stay.
(Meals: none)

Day 2
Teotihuacán & Basílica de Guadalupe

Today, head 50km northeast of the city to the spectacular site of Teotihuacán, also known as the City of Gods. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread over 22km², it is the largest city of ruins in Latin America and the majority of it has yet to be excavated. You definitely should not miss out on climbing up the Sun and Moon Pyramids, as they provide an imposing view of the extent of this archaeological excavation. After exploring these impressive ruins, you will stop at the Basílica de Guadalupe. This is Mexico’s most important pilgrimage site and is famous for its image of the Virgin de Guadalupe. Admire the intricate gold decorations inside the Basilica. Afterwards you will be returned to your hotel in Mexico City. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 3
Xochimilco & Pátzcuaro

After breakfast, visit Xochimilco in the southern part of the city for a boat ride through the colourful canals. This area comes alive for Day of the Dead and you can taste typical Mexican dishes, admire the artesenia and listen to the sounds of mariachi bands that pass by on other boats. For a unique experience this tour takes you to the Islands of Dolls. Here you will learn all about the local legend and can explore the island filled with old dolls. After returning to firm land, admire the Day of the Dead altars and churches found in the small Zocalo of this old neighbourhood. Afterwards, you will continue to the authentic village of Pátzcuaro where you will spend the night. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 4
Morelia – Pátzcuaro & visit to the cemetaries

Today you will visit Morelia, the capital of the state of Michoacán. Morelia is also known as the most aristocratic of all colonial cities in Mexico. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 for its outstandingly well-preserved centre. Here you will get to know the breathtakingly beautiful cathedral, the impressive city palaces and the well-established university, and enjoy the liveliness of the city. In the late afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour of the cemeteries in Morelia where you will have the opportunity to observe how the locals decorate their colourful altars and prepare for the Day of the Dead festivities. Visit the largest cemetery in Morelia where you can see the Panteon. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 5
Pátzcuaro

Spend the day exploring Pátzcuaro. Enjoy the centro historico which is made up of wonderful plazas, impressive churches and adobe buildings. Here you will get to know the most important sights and if you are lucky enough, you will experience a typical Mexican market. In the evening, visit Isla Janítzio which lies in the crescent-shaped Pátzcuaro lake and is known for its 40-meter-high Morelos monument as well as its traditional Day of the Dead celebrations. According to the Catholic calendar, the first day in November is dedicated to all of the saints and the second of November to the rest of the deceased population. Shortly before midnight, take a boat to the island and admire the dedication and tradition of the altars. With gifts, food, candles, flowers and sentimental items people invoke eternal rest for the departed souls and ask for help in ensuring the well-being of those who are still alive. It is a moving and inspiring celebration of life. After this eventful evening, you are returned to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 6
Tzintzuntzan, Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo

Today, stop at the unique archaeological site of Tzintzuntzan which was founded in 1325. This site was home to the powerful Purépecha who managed to defeat multiple Aztec invasion attempts and maintain their stronghold in the region. Continue to the Pacific coast where you can make your first stop in Ixtapa which is popular with local tourists, but never achieved the fame of other beach towns such as Acapulco or Cancun. Explore the main plaza before continuing on to the quieter fishing village of Zihuatanejo which in Nahuatl means “land of women”. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 7
Airport Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo – Airport Mexico City

Enjoy the day on the golden sand, soaking up the warm sun. According to your flight´s departure, take a taxi (not included) on your own to the airport. Catch your domestic flight from Zihuatanejo to Mexico City (included). (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Price details

This Buenos Días Mexico tour includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • Certified English-speaking private guide on days 3-6
  • National flight from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo to Mexico City on day 7
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific vehicles
  • All transfers to and from the airport
  • Tours in small groups including bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes

 

This Buenos Días Mexico tour does NOT include:
  •  Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  •  Personal expenses & extras in the hotels
  •  Additional meals & drinks
  •  Travel and medical insurance (Book here with Travel Secure)

Important information

Important information:
  • Please note that all hotels and services are subject to availability until booking is confirmed.
  • All of the hotels will be booked in a country specific category which does not always correspond to the international standard. Please note that there is no official hotel certification system in Mexico.
  • Please note that the price includes hotels within the standard category (equivalent to 3 stars). If you like an upgrade to 4 or 5 star category, we are happy to help you.
  • Small group travel: Please keep in mind that day trips with small groups often requires patience and understanding, because every group has a certain dynamic. Sometimes the group stops at souvenir shops and markets.
  • High Season Travelling (Christmas / New Year’s, Easter holidays and Day of the Dead): Travelling in Mexico during high seasons presents some exceptional conditions. This means that there may be delays, overbookings and longer waiting times at museums or archaeological sites. We try our best to assure that all services are carried out as confirmed but especially in the states of Chiapas and Yucatan small groups can sometimes convert to larger groups. We kindly ask you for your understanding.

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