Year Round Tour Option
GENERAL TOUR OVERVIEW
Follow the footsteps of local hero and humanitarian Don Vasco de Quiroga, who became the first Bishop of Michoacan in 1536. This tour will introduce you to several key towns and villages that are key aspects of this route, including Cuitzeo del Porvenir, Santa Clara del Cobre, Tzintzuntzan, Patzcuaro and Paracho.
Our tours are not pre-scheduled. Please contact us with your travel dates to make arrangements
The basic cost for one couple is $49,000 Pesos. If you are two couples, your basic cost is $85,000 Pesos based on separate suites with private bathrooms.
Please contact us with your group size and age details, plus how many beds and/or rooms are required. We will send you a custom quote within 48 hours!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Morelia is seated at an altitude of 6200 feet. During the winter months, it can be quite cold in morning and evening. Pants, socks, closed shoes and a jacket are necessary. We also recommend warm slippers for your room, due to tile flooring.
A travel mug for coffee or tea and a refillable water bottle means lower impact on Mexico's waste system.
Don't forget your camera, memory card and charged battery!
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY
Your guide will meet you at the airport and transport you to Casona Rosa B&B. If you are arriving in Mexico City or would like to be picked up in a different location, please contact us to make arrangements and get a quote.
DAY 2 - CUITZEO DEL PORVENIR & ZINAPECUARO
Depart Morelia by 10 AM and spend your first morning in the Pueblo Magico town of Cuitzeo del Porvenir. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the disappearing Cuitzeo watershed before transferring to Zinapecuaro for an afternoon browsing pottery shops.
DAY 3 - COOKING CLASS
Spend the day exploring authentic recipes from this region with Cynthia Martinez. This experience includes a tour of the local Independencia Market, where you will shop for ingredients before commencing your class.
DAY 4 - TLALPUJAHUA & EL ORO
Depart Casona Rosa by 9:30 AM for the Pueblo Magico's of El Oro and Tlalpujahua, the latter of which is also Mexico's most famous Christmas village. Season permitting, you can also change this day and upgrade to visit El Rosario or Sierra Chincua Butterfly Reserve. The butterfly reserves are generally open from mid-late November through to early March.
DAY 5 - MORELIA
Sleep in, enjoy a leisurely morning before heading out to explore the beautiful UNESCO historical center of Morelia. We recommend leaving this day for your last here, as you will be more familiar with the city.
DAY 6 - OVERNIGHT IN PATZCUARO - CAPULA, QUIROGA & TZINTZUNTZAN
Check-out of Casona Rosa by 10AM and head for the famous Juan Torres Workshop in Capula. Enjoy the quaint collectives and catrina dolls of this funky little pottery village before heading for lunch in Quiroga. Enjoy Carnitas at the park or Los Molcajetes at Chef Diego's. After lunch, your guide will take you for a short tour of the P'urepecha Capital at Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Site, concluding your tour at the Convent of Tzintzuntzan prior to check-in at your hotel in Patzcuaro.
DAY 7 - OVERNIGHT IN PATZUARO - SANTA CLARA DEL COBRE & ISLA DE JANITZIO
Depart Morelia by 9:30 am for Santa Clara del Cobre. Have lunch at Rancho la Mesa or in Patzcuaro before embarking on an afternoon on the Island of Janitzio.
DAY 8 - OVERNIGHT IN PATZCUARO - PATZCUARO
Enjoy a free day to explore Patzcuaro on your own. We can offer you tips for local restaurants and galleries. If you prefer a guided tour, we can make arrangements for an additional fee.
DAY 9 - OVERNIGHT IN PARACHO - URUAPAN & PARACHO
Check out of your hotel by 8:00 AM and head to Uruapan for breakfast at Barranca del Cupatitzio. Enjoy the morning in the magnificent, lush National Park of Uruapan. Transfer to the famed musical instrument town of Paracho..
DAY 10 - OVERNIGHT IN GUADALAJARA - FLEXIBLE DAY
Guests can decide to spend the majority of the day in Paracho, or head off to visit the breathtaking Sanctuary of our Lady Guadalupe church in Zamora. Transfer to Guadalajara for your last night.
DAY 11 - DEPARTURE
Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight before returning back to Morelia.
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
All transportation for / and activities listed in the itinerary
5 Nights Accommodations at Casona Rosa B&B
5 Breakfasts at Casona Rosa B&B
3 Nights Accommodations in Patzcuaro
1 Night Accommodations in Paracho
1 Night Accommodations in Guadalajara
Professional, licensed, bilingual guide with basic first aid certificate
Entrance fees to all parks and museums
All applicable taxes
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Meals & Gratuities unless otherwise noted
Tips for Housekeepers (Standard is 50 Pesos per Night)
Tips for Guides (Optional)
10 Days - Ruta Don Vasco
A NOTE ABOUT TIPPING IN MEXICO
Our philosophy at Casona Rosa & Soul of Mexico Tours includes compensating our team with a fair living wage. We trust our guests are open to the custom or tipping while travelling throughout the country as the absence of a tip means you were not satisfied with the services provided to you, regardless of what said team member is paid by their employer. We hope you, as our guest, will partake in this custom by including gratuities in your travel budget.
We humbly request that you cover your guides meals and/or offer a tip