Join a small group for an unusual visit to Mexico's state of Michoacan (MEECH-wa-cahn) during the season of the deeply meaningful and exuberantly observed Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead. Begin in the architecturally stunning state capital of Morelia. Continue to Lake Patzcuaro. Locals treat you to an up-close encounter with the crafts and festival traditions in Patzcuaro town, in Tzintzuntzan, on Janitzio Island and in several villages around the lake. Day of the Dead traditions in this region are believed to be more dazzling, more beautiful, more colorful, and more elaborate than anywhere else in Mexico. Míchoacan is similar in many ways to Oaxaca; they both offer breathtaking vistas, large indigenous populations, and strong arts and crafts traditions. Michoacan, however, has had fewer tourists and you'll enjoy a simplicity and lack of pretension here.
JOURNEYS Destination Specialist Lené Minder will join in if the group size is six or more.
"This was a great trip, not what I call a 'normal' tour, and more elaborate than anywhere else in Mexico. I loved that we stayed a minimum of three nights at each place, that the itinerary was outlined but not rigid. I loved meeting the artists ... visiting behind the garden gates ... walking in the marigold fields. I loved the unfolding of the Day of the Dead, arriving before the locals on the island of Janitzio, feeling a part of it ... We were travelers, not tourists." -Charmayne O'Regan
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