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, as well as an opportunity to visit the Island of Janitzio on Lake Patzcuaro - an island truly famed for its Dia de los Muertos celebrations and ancient roots.
Our tours are not pre-scheduled. Please contact us with your travel dates to make arrangements
The basic cost for one couple is $34,000 Pesos. If you are two couples, your basic cost is $58,000 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
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 Morelia for a half-day guided tour of the historical centro.
DAY 3 - SANTA CLARA DEL COBRE & PATZCUARO
Depart Casona Rosa by 9:30 AM for a copper demonstration in Santa Clara del Cobre. Enjoy browsing the many copper emporiums in the town, then head for lunch. In Patzcuaro, start your guided tour with the famous mural at the Gertrude Bocanegra Library. From there, you can head out on your own to explore the many galleries and churches of Patzcuaro.
DAY 4 - CAPULA, QUIROGA & TZINTZUNTZAN
Depart Casona Rosa by 10AM for the famous Juan Torres Workshop in Capula. Enjoy the quaint collectives 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.
DAY 5 - URUAPAN & PARACHO
Depart Morelia by 8:30 AM for an early arrival in the famed musical instrument town of Paracho. This small, quaint town will introduce you to a region of Mexico few ever visit. Conclude your tour at the Textile Mill Museum in Uruapan, and if time allows, an hour at Barranca del Cupatitzio National Forest.
DAY 6 - ISLA DE JANITZIO
Depart Morelia by 9:00 AM for the boat docks of Patzcuaro. Your guide will purchase your tickets for the boat ride to the Island of Janitzio, on Lake Patzcuaro. Spend the day meandering up and down the twisting stair-case markets and climb up inside the Statue of Morelos to view an incredible historical gallery. Return to Patzcuaro for lunch at the Zocalo, giving you the opportunity to further explore this fascinating town, or return to one of your new haunts there.
DAY 7 - MORELIA
Enjoy one last day to wrap up your sight-seeing in Morelia! We recommend using our self-guided map to make your way around the city to visit small museums, galleries, churches and the markets!
DAY 8 - DEPARTURE
Your guide will pick you up at Casona Rosa B&B to transport you to the airport.
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
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)
7 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