February 9 – 13, 2004
Day One: Leaving Ajijic we travel to the picturesque and historic town of Pátzcuaro, one of the most fascinating in all of Mexico. Here we see the “real” Mexico with many hotels, restaurants and gift shops. If you like wandering narrow, cobblestone streets, soaking up the atmosphere and smelling the flavors of freshly cooked foods in the marketplace, while you keep an eye open for bargains, then this is the place for you. You can walk virtually everywhere from our hotel located just off the main square. In the evening we gather together to have dinner at the famous restaurant Primer Piso.
Day Two: At 10:00 AM we board our bus and head off to visit nearby villages. The first village of Tocuaro is famous for master craft mask makers. Here we visit two family studios where several generations of mask makers work and live. Lunch is at the famous German Trout Farm. After lunch we go to the village of Zirahuén and visit the home of Vicky Batiz, well known for her one of a kind knitting (scarves, sweaters, dresses and skirts). From there we drive to the copper-working town of Santa Clara del Cobre where we first visit the workshop of Jimmy Metcals and Anna Pillicer, inter-nationally famous artists and sculptures. You then have free time to visit the copper workshops where you can watch the experienced and skillful artisans beating and shaping the copper items that you can purchase. The town has an interesting museum, devoted to copper and featuring the prize-winning entries from the National Copper Fair, held here each August. The Museum has a gift shop with reasonably priced items. Then back to our hotel where you are free to rest, shop and eat.
Day Three: After breakfast we leave for Tzintzuntzan a village that has two sixteenth century churches, ancient olive trees, a craft market, and an archaeological site that was the capital of the Tarascan empire. We visit the studio of the Morales family known for their ceramics and embroidery. Then on to the beautiful colonial town of Tlalpujahua where we have lunch. This village is famous for Christmas “espheres” (glass balls) which are exported throughout the world. From thereto Angangueo, once a prosperous silver town with single-storied buildings with red roofs and flower-filled porches lining a narrow main street that meanders up to the head of the valley and the town square. After checking into Hotel Don Bruno your evening is free.
Day Four: After breakfast we board our bus and proceed to the pine and fir forests of Michoacán to view millions of Monarch Butterflies with our own private guide. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes for the trek through the forest. We return to our hotel in the afternoon to rest and explore the village.
Day Five: We leave for Ajijic at 11:30 AM giving you a little more time to explore on your own. A box lunch and soft drink will be provided for the trip home. We arrive in Ajijic around 6:00 PM.
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