Tour Starts on April 12 2019
DOMINGO DE RAMOS
& SEMANA SANTA
GENERAL TOUR OVERVIEW
For Christians, art collectors, and those who love cultural festivals, Domingo de Ramos and Semana Santa are incredible celebrations to witness in Michoacan. Home to the largest art market of Mexico, our tour kicks off in Uruapan with the Tianguis Artesanal de Domingo de Ramos – which is a colourful parade involving hundreds of indigenous artists dancing their art pieces through the streets. The parade celebrates the opening of the largest art market of Mexico, a market that boasts over 1400 vendors who set up for approximately 10 days. Enjoy the Pueblo Magico of Patzcuaro before being transported back in time to the lavish city of Guanajuato. Visit Dolores Hidalgo, where the Declaration of Independence was signed on September 16, 1810 before being whisked away to one of the most impressive churches in Mexico. Coined The Sistine Chapel of Mexico, the Sanctuary of Atotonilco is a World Heritage Site and a treasure to behold. Return to Morelia to observe the Cofradia and their mysterious Procession del Silencio – or Procession of Silence. Our tour concludes with a special Easter Brunch.
We have scheduled this tour to start on April 12, 2019. Please contact us with your travel dates to make arrangements if you would like to add additional nights to this tour.
The basic cost for one couple is $67,000 Pesos. If you are two couples, your basic cost is $99,000 Pesos. We have added a currency converter at the bottom of the page.
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 24 hours!
We require a 50% deposit for Tour Reservations. As we must book your hotel rooms in advance, the deposit is non-refundable. We will send you an invoice through Square, which you can pay online using your Credit Card or Visa Debit. The balance is due upon arrival in Mexico. We will send you an invoice for your arrival date, or you are welcome to pay in Pesos.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Morelia is seated at an altitude of 6200 feet. During April, be prepared for random rainfall. The weather in April is lovely and warm, though we still recommend a sweater and closed shoes in case the evenings are chilly.
Domingo de Ramos and Semana Santa is a very festive time in Mexico. Marking an important holiday, please be prepared for crowds and line-ups. We promise the crowds are worth the experiences you're about to enjoy.
We take care of reserving all accommodations, but encourage our guests to make input. We do not make restaurant reservations unless you request it, as most guests prefer to poke around and find their own special places. We have scheduled in some free days for you to explore on your own without a guide. If you prefer to have the city-tours guided, just let us know and your guide will be happy to assist.
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 - OVERNIGHT IN PATZCUARO – ARRIVAL DAY
Your guide will meet you at the Morelia airport and transport you to Patzcuaro. If you are arriving in Mexico City or would like to be picked up in a different location, please contact us to make arrangements.
DAY 2 – OVERNIGHT IN PATZCUARO – ARTISAN PARADE IN URUAPAN
Depart Patzcuaro by 8:00 AM for an early start in Uruapan. Be sure to get positioned somewhere high-up, as the parade is very crowded. Once the parade has concluded, enjoy the afternoon collecting art and eating fantastic food in the market.
DAY 3 – OVERNIGHT IN PATZCUARO – EXPLORE PATZCUARO
Enjoy your day poking around the markets of Patzcuaro. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange a guided tour for you.
DAY 4 – OVERNIGHT IN GUANAJUATO CITY – TRAVEL DAY
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Patzcuaro and spend some last moments enjoying the main plaza. Depart Patzcuaro by 12:30 for the approximately 3.5 hour drive to World Heritage Guanajuato City. Entering the city through a small tunnel is a unique introduction to this spectacular city. Check into your hotel and head out to the plaza to soak up the ambience.
DAY 5 – OVERNIGHT IN GUANAJUATO – EXPLORE THE CITY
Guanajuato is famous for its Mummy Museum; however, during the Semana Santa holiday, the line can be 3 hours long. If you would like to see the museum, we recommend getting there about 40 mins before it opens. Your guide will then take you on a half-day guided tour of the city, including riding the Vinicular to the Pipila for stunning views, a tour of the Hidalgo Market, and much more. After supper, meet at the Theatre for a magical street performance. Though the performance is in Spanish, you should still enjoy the show!
DAY 6 – OVERNIGHT IN GUANAJUATO – EXPLORE THE CITY
Today is a guide-free day for you to just explore Guanajuato on your own. If you would like your guide to accompany you for translation, we can make arrangements.
DAY 7 – OVERNIGHT IN MORELIA – DOLORES HIDALGO AND ATOTONILCO
Depart Guanajuato early and arrive in Dolores Hidalgo on time for lunch. Visit the Church where the Declaration of Independence was signed on September 16, 1810. Dolores Hidalgo is also famous for its talavera ceramics. Make one last stop at Atotonilco to visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, fondly referred to as Mexico's Sistine Chapel. This World Heritage church is a treat to see. You are required to pay 10 Pesos to enter one annex – and it is fully worth it. Depart Atotonilco and make your way to Morelia.
DAY 8 – OVERNIGHT IN MORELIA – PROCESSION DEL SILENCIO
Though we can arrange a half-day guided tour for you, we recommend having a day to unwind in the majestic UNESCO city of Morelia on your own. We will make some recommendations and give you a detailed walking tour map of the city. In the evening, head down to the Calzada early to get good seats for the evening Procession del Silencio. This mysterious procession is a tradition of the Cofradia, a sect of the Catholic Church. The Cofradia is recorded as having organized themselves in the mid-1500's in Spain, which is also when Morelia was first being constructed.
DAY 9 – OVERNIGHT IN MORELIA – TOUR PATZCUARO REGION
We have a number of artisan villages near us, which are all interesting to visit. If there are any art forms that pique your interest at the Artisan Parade in Uruapan, let us know and we can make arrangements for you to visit the village where the art comes from. Alternately, we offer bird watching, volcano tours, or can arrange a cooking class for you. We recommend heading to the Zocalo for the Saturday night fireworks, which start at 8 PM each Saturday.
DAY 10 – OVERNIGHT IN MORELIA – EASTER BRUNCH
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning with a special Sunday Brunch that will start at 11 AM. Lupe will serve you Sopa de Huevos (Egg Soup), Mexican Fruit Gazpacho, Bacon, Sausage, toast, granola, yogourt and some special Easter foods. Spend your last day relaxing and visiting with other guests, and head out for a last glimpse of our beautiful city.This concludes your last day for this tour.
DAY 11 – TRANSPORT TO AIRPORT
Guests are certainly welcome to stay longer – but your transport to the airport is included in your tour price. If you would prefer transport to Mexico City or elsewhere, please contact us to make arrangements.
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
All transportation for / and activities listed in the itinerary
3 Nights Accommodations in Patzcuaro
3 Nights Accommodations in Guanajuato City
4 Nights Accommodations at Casona Rosa B&B
4 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
Meals for your guide in Uruapan and Guanajuato
Tips for Housekeepers (Standard is 50 Pesos per Night)
Tips for Guides (Optional)
11 Days - Holy Week of Semana Santa
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 while travelling outside of Morelia/Patzcuaro region.