Introduction

The Day of the Dead Celebration is a breathtaking experience in the highlands of Mexico. Both a deep spiritual, ancestral pilgrimage and a massive party – The Soul of Mexico experience will take you within the powerful traditions and lively celebration that make up the Day of the Dead. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the pristine Lake Pátzcuaroregion for a seven-day adventure that will take you from mountaintops to bustling markets, traditional Mexican kitchens to candlelit cemeteries on the Night of All Souls. Epic mountain landscapes, vibrant colors and decadent flavors will leave any traveler with a refreshed understanding of Mexico and what Dia de los Muertos is really about. 

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Arrival/Departure City: Morelia

What’s Included

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Arrival/Departure City: Morelia
  • Group size: Max 16
  • Age Requirements: 18+ any traveler under 18 is required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Transportation: Private vehicle, walking, Horseback Riding
  • Accommodation: Hacienda Porumbo, shared cabin with the group, cabins available)
  • Guides: Two full-time, bilingual, local guides will facilitate the trip and ensure travelers have a blast; additional local guides as-needed.
  • Meals: ALL INCLUSIVE. Vegetarian options are available

Highlights

  • Travel by boat across Lake Patzcuaro
  • (Optional) Zip lining between the islands of the alpine Lake Patzcuaro
  • Authentic, delicious Mexican traditional cooking
  • Connect with and learn from the indigenous Purhepecha Communities of Michoacan
  • Enjoy a Mezcal factory tour and taste this mysterious beverage in all of its forms for yourself
  • Build-your-own Day of the Dead altar with the group, and gain first hand experience with the tradition
  • Travel through and visit the small towns of the Mexican countryside who give this great tradition its honor

Disclaimer

The information in this trip details and the trip itinerary document has been compiled with care and are provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

 

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Group Leaders

All Echeriwoods group trips are accompanied by two bilingual, culturally fluent guides. The aim of our group leaders is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the communities visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Transport

Private vehicle, walking.

Solo Travelers

We feel that travellers flying solo shouldn’t have to pay more than anyone else in the group. So we’ve designed group accommodations that can allow for single travellers to board with others along the way.

My Own Room

Travellers also have the option to upgrade to their own room if they’d like for the entire tour. Select this option at checkout if it applies to you.

How to meet up with the group

All travelers will be expected to arrive in Morelia on Day 1 of the tour. A private car will be awaiting to group to bring them to their accommodations.

What to Bring

A backpack is the most convenient throughout the tour, but a medium sized suitcase will also suffice for getting your things to the resort. Space is limited while we travel, so we are limiting travellers to one piece of luggage per person.

Documents

• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)

Essentials

  • Cash, credit & debit cards
  • Camera
  • Day Pack (used for daily excursions)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (smartphone lights work great!)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Durable Footwear
  • Hat
Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana

Spending Money

Every traveler has different priorities & lifestyles throughout a trip. Some travelers drink more than others and some want to bring a souvenir for all 30 of their cousins. Consider your spending habits as you prepare for drinking, shopping & travelling during a very busy time of the year in Mexico.

Currency Exchange

Credit & debit cards can be very handy during international travel. Visa is the most commonly accepted card, however many businesses particularly in rural areas do not accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available, but travellers will need to communicate their travel outside of the US to ensure that cards will work upon arrival. Do not depend entirely on credit & debit cards as your only source of cash during the trip. Banks typically charge a flat percentage for international transactions and sometimes for ATM withdraws.

Health While Travelling

It is travelers’ responsibility to consult with their doctor before travelling. The food and environment are very different in Mexico than they are in the United States, travelers should be cognizant that their bodies may need some time to adjust to all of the sights, tastes & smells of Mexico. Echeri recommends that all travelers bring a first aid kit in order to be prepared for any slight to moderate health issues that are encountered while on the tour. Our guides will be able to ensure that any traveler has access to needed medication & medical facilities as-needed during the tour.

Throughout the Soul of Mexico Tour, travelers will be AT MOST 40 minutes from a hospital (located in Patzcuaro & Morelia, respectively). In the event of an emergency, a guide would accompany any traveler needing medical attention to the appropriate medical facility.

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