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Day of the Dead
Sensual Mexico Gay Tour

San Miguel de Allende, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, Tingambato, Uruapan, and more!

11 Days from Leon-Guanajuatoto to Morelia, Mexico

October 24 – November 3, 2018

 

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Day of the Dead Mexico gay group tour"Día de los Muertos", the Day of the Dead, is a thoroughly Mexican holiday, but it has gained a higher international profile as the opening sequence of the James Bond film Spectre and the inspiration for the latest Pixar movie Coco. Coinciding with All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the festival celebrates the memories of dearly departed family members with candlelight vigils, colorful parades, exuberant displays of music and dance, and the consumption of favorite foods and beverages. It is such a unique experience that UNESCO placed it on the World’s Great Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

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Near to our celebrations of the Day of the Dead, another important festival is in full swing when we arrive - Festival Internacional Cervantino, the most important international artistic and cultural event in Mexico and Latin America. For those who have the time, you won’t want to miss adding this experience to our main Day of the Dead tour. Click here to read the itinerary for the optional Cervantino Festival extension.

Mexico is just a few hours distant from almost every point in the United States, and airfares are inexpensive. You won’t waste precious time and money on long overseas flights. Mexico is a magical place where old traditions and modernity live side by side. Nowhere else on earth will celebrating death bring you so fully to life!

 

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Day of the Dead - Sensual Mexico Gay Tour Highlights

• Mexico City
• Pre-tour to Guanajuato *
• San Miguel de Allende *
• Morelia *
• Patzcuaro
• Day of the Dead celebrations *

* UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

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Day of the Dead - Sensual Mexico Gay Tour Itinerary

Guanajuato and the Festival Cervantino
Optional Pre-Tour Extension
October 19 - 24, 2018

Day 1 - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Arrive in San Miguel de Allende / Welcome Dinner
Sensual Mexico gay tour - San Miguel de AllendeThis morning depart your home city on an international flight to Leon-Guanajuato Airport (BJX) in Mexico. Try to arrive no later than 3:00 pm. If you cannot arrive by this time, please consider coming in one day early. At the airport, a driver will meet you and take you to the city of San Miguel de Allende, considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Conde Nast gave it their #1 recommendation worldwide for cities to visit.

After checking in to our hotel we take a walk to the city center and enjoy a Welcome Dinner and drinks, with a view of the sun setting behind the distant Sierra de Penjamo Mountains. After dinner we sit in the picturesque Jardin Allende and listen to the music of the strolling mariachis.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Real De Minas Hotel, San Miguel de Allende

 

Day 2 - Thursday, October 25, 2018
San Miguel de Allende Touring
Mexico gay tour - San Miguel de AllendeWe take a private trolley for a guided historic tour of town, including the Bellas Artes, Instituto Allende, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, El Mirador, and other sites. We stop for lunch at the Fabrica La Aurora and visit its many galleries of art, crafts and antiques. Next we drive a short ways out of town to the Chapel of Jimmy Ray, home of the renowned artist Anado McLauchlin and his "husbear" Richard. Their home is a gallery, and it is #16 of 118 things to do in San Miguel on Tripadvisor.

Finally, we visit the home of Danny Cameron, notable artist and long-time Toto Tourist to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on a rooftop patio overlooking the city at sunset. The evening is free. We may ride back to our hotel to relax poolside, or take a stroll through town to be entertained at one of the many venues providing live music, dinner, and drinks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Cocktail Party
Hotel: Real De Minas Hotel, San Miguel de Allende

 

Day 3 - Friday, October 26, 2018
San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico gay tourToday our guide escorts us around town, where we can learn of its history as we stroll through the parks, patronize some of the many shops and galleries, sample a variety of local foods, and visit the markets.

San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands, is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene and cultural festivals. In the city’s historic, cobblestoned center lies the neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, whose dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza, El Jardín. The Templo de San Francisco church nearby has an 18th-century churrigueresque facade.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Real De Minas Hotel, San Miguel de Allende

 

Day 4 - Saturday, October 27, 2018
Drive to Morelia
Mexico gay tour - Altar for Day of the DeadWe travel by van to the lakeside village of Yuriria, to see its former convent and church. We continue to Morelia and stop for lunch before checking in at our hotel.

In the afternoon, ride a private trolley for a guided drive around the city for orientation, visiting interesting neighborhoods and viewing lovely vistas. We will be introduced to the colorful Day of the Dead Altars, and learn their symbols, history, and significance.

Because this is a very popular time for visitors to the city, there will be various performances we may choose to attend that evening. The nightclubs in Morelia are fun, and will be lively on a Saturday night. Morelia has declared itself a Gay Destination City, and its gay bars have a reputation as being the best in Mexico. Evening free.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Mision Catedral Hotel, Morelia

 

Day 5 - Sunday, October 28, 2018
Morelia Sightseeing
Mexico gay tour - Morelia SightseeingWe visit many of the city’s museums and attractions today: the Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias, the Conservatorio and Jardin de las Rosas, the Aqueduct, the Guadalupe Sanctuary, the Callejon de Romance, the Museo del Dulce, Museo de Artes Contemporaneo, and more. All these important sites are in the historic downtown, within walking distance from each other. The evening is free.

Morelia is the capital of the central Mexican state of Michoacán. The colonial city center's narrow streets are lined with well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings built from the region’s characteristic pink stone. One such building is the imposing, baroque-style Morelia Cathedral. Its elegant, soaring twin towers preside over the city’s main square, Plaza de Armas.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Mision Catedral Hotel, Morelia

 

Day 6 - Monday, October 29, 2018
Patzcuaro
Mexico gay tour - Patzcuaro Craft MarketWe depart Morelia and drive to the annual Catrina Festival in the town of Capula. We continue around the west side of Lake Patzcuaro, visiting artisan workshops in several villages. Lunch is at Casa Los Fuentes near the village of Quiroga, a town known for "carnitas", usually eaten as tacos.

After checking in to our Patzcuaro hotel we enjoy an orientation walk around town. The main plaza, Plaza Grande, will be hosting the finest annual craft market in Michoacan. This evening, we attend a once-monthly cocktail party for ex-pats at Lupitas Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Cocktail Party
Hotel: La Parroquia Hotel, Patzcuaro

 

Day 7 - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Santa Clara del Cobre
Mexico gay tour - Lake PatzcuaroWe drive to Santa Clara Del Cobre, a town famous for its copper-smiths, where we can visit a museum and many shops. Time permitting, we may visit the woodworking town of Cuanajo.

We have lunch in the countryside at the delightful Rancha La Mesa, which has splendid views of Lake Patzcuaro. This excursion will only require a half day, and the rest of the day can be spent exploring Patzcuaro, perhaps seeing the Concurso, a juried exhibit of the finest crafts, in the Antiguo Colegio Jesuita.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: La Parroquia Hotel, Patzcuaro

 

Day 8 - Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tingambato / Uruapan
Mexico gay tour - Tingambato PyramidWe drive to the village of Tingambato where we see the famous Baby Jesus, and visit the pyramids of the Zona Arqueologica. We continue to the town of Uruapan and have lunch at La Mansion del Cupatitzio.

After lunch we stroll through the Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio. Finally, we visit the Talares, a centuries-old textile factory and museum. Here we meet our van for a drive past lovely Lake Zirahuén and back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: La Parroquia Hotel, Patzcuaro

 

Day 9 - Thursday, November 1, 2018
Night of the Dead
Day of the Dead Mexico gay tour - Face PaintingWe relax in town this morning, resting up for a late night filled with wonders. We can hire a make-up artist for those wishing to enjoy Day of the Dead face painting.

In the early evening we travel by van along the East side of Lake Patzcuaro to visit nighttime cemeteries in the villages of Santa Fe de la Laguna, Tzintzuntzan, Cucuchucho, and on the Isla de Pacanda, which we visit by private boat.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: La Parroquia Hotel, Patzcuaro

 

Day 10 - Friday, November 2, 2018
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead MexicoSome villages celebrate Day of the Dead at night, some during the following day. Today we drive around the lake, visiting daytime cemeteries such as the one in San Jeronimo Purenchecuaro, which are colorful and lively, filled with flowers, picnickers, and music. After a stop for lunch, we spend the afternoon in the village of Tzintzuntzan visiting the cemetery, the Convent Museum, and the ancient ruins at the Zona Arqueologica de Ihuatzio.

We relocate to Morelia for our final night, as it is closer to the airport, making for an easier departure tomorrow. After checking in at our hotel, we enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: Mision Catedral Hotel, Morelia

 

Day 11 - Saturday, November 3, 2018
Departure
The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning. We will organize small group transfers to the Morelia Airport (MLM) by public taxis. If you wish to extend your stay in Morelia, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Included:

• 10 nights hotel accommodations:
- 3 nights at Real De Minas Hotel in San Miguel de Allende, 4*;
- 3 nights at Mision Catedral Hotel in Morelia, 3*;
- 4 nights at La Parroquia Hotel in Patzcuaro, 3*;
• Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the tour;
• Hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners;
• Other meals as listed in the itinerary;
• Ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach;
• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary.
• This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.

 

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Not Included:

• International airfare to Leon-Guanajuato Airport (BJX) and returning from Morelia Airport (MLM);
• Ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);
• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;
• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
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• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.

 

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Tour Hotels

Real De Minas Hotel, San Miguel de Allende

Real De Minas Hotel, San Miguel de AllendeSituated in the beautiful city of San Miguel Allende, overlooking the valley, this hotel features sauna, fitness centre and massage service. A spa and wellness centre is available.

Hotel Real de Minas features many on-site recreational activities and facilities. Guests can enjoy billiards, tennis court and a spacious outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also features a special children's play area. The bar offers discounts on all drinks.

Real De Minas Hotel roomThe historic city of Virreinato is located only a short distance from the Hotel de Minas. Guests can discover beautiful architecture, stunning temples and churches as well as Baroque-style streets.

The hotel is 850 m from the San Miguel Arcángel Church and the History Museum. You can drive to León Airport in 1 hour and 40 minutes, and Querétaro Airport is 1.5 hours' drive away.

 

Mision Catedral Hotel, Morelia

Mision Catedral Hotel, MoreliaLocated across the street from the Morelia City's Metropolitan Cathedral is this upscale hotel. Hotel Mision Catedral provides free Wi-Fi and a business center.

Hotel Catedral Mision Morelia guest rooms are spacious and furnished with a small work desk. A flat-screen cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower are included.

Mision Catedral Hotel roomThe city of Morelia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features unique local shops and restaurants. The Museo del Estado (State Museum) is only 3 blocks away from the Catedral Mision Hotel.

A large terrace provides views of the city.

 

La Parroquia Hotel , Patzcuaro

La Parroquia Hotel, PatzcuaroLocated in the historic centre of Pátzcuaro, La Parroquia Hotel offers Mexican-style accommodation with free Wi-Fi. It is 2 blocks from Plaza Vasco de Quiroga and offers free covered parking.

Hotel la Parroquia’s colourful rooms are arranged around a typical Mexican interior patio. Each has a private bathroom with a bath tub or shower including free toiletries and a hairdryer.

La Parroquia Hotel roomSanta Fé restaurant serves typical regional food, while Cafetería Plaza San Agustín offers a range of drinks and snacks, as well as a breakfast buffet.

The hotel has a tour desk and staff can provide more information about sights and activities in and around the Magic Town of Pátzcuaro. Lake Pátzcuaro is just 10 minutes’ drive north.

 

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Trip Notes

Entry Requirements
For U.S. Citizens a valid passport is the only document required to enter Mexico for stays of up to 60 days.

Immunizations & Health
No immunizations are currently required for travel to Mexico, but it is wise to have your inoculations up-to-date. Is your tetanus booster current?

Exit Requirements
There is currently no separate departure tax required of visitors leaving Mexico other than that included with the cost of your airline ticket.

Making Travel Arrangements to Mexico
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Leon-Guanajuato Airport (BJX), and from Morelia Airport (MLM), back home.
You need to arrive at Leon-Guanajuato Airport by 3:00 pm on October 24th. Departure is from Morelia Airport on November 3, 2018.

What to Bring
In late October and early November, average daily temperatures in the areas visited range from a low of 52 degrees at night to a high of 78 degrees during the day. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual, but you will want nice casual outfits for concerts and dinners. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.

 

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Money Matters
Mexico's currency is the Mexican Peso (MXP), with bills in 20, 50, 100 and 500 MXP denominations and coins in .50, 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Although most tourist centers widely accept U.S. dollars, we recommend using Pesos during your visit. Money exchange facilities offer the best exchange rate. On December 12, 2017, the exchange rate was nearly 19 MXP to the U.S. $1.00.

Tipping in Mexico
Tipping guidelines for Mexico are nearly the same as tipping guidelines used in the United States or Canada, with some exceptions. Most service employees earn very little or no base salary and the tips they earn comprise the vast majority of their overall income. In restaurants, it is customary to leave your server a tip of 15% of the cost of the food/beverages before the value added tax.

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We strongly encourage you purchase Travel Insurance to cover all aspects of your travel in Mexico.

 

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Day of the Dead - Sensual Mexico Gay Tour Prices

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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

$ 3,500

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)

$ 4,000

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Prices are per person in USD.

Min. Deposit: $600. Balance Due before August 4, 2018

Price does not include payment card charges.

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October 19 - 24, 2018

 

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