Thursday, December 30, 2021 – Friday, January 7, 2022
Pastorela Dances in Michoacán
This is an exciting tour for the traveler and photographer interested in learning about and witnessing the dances, masks and customs associated with the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the mountain and lake regions of Michoacán. These celebrations are based on the tradition of the pastorela dance and drama (telling the story of the birth of Jesus) and the adoration of the baby Jesus. Each community we will visit has distinct customs, dress, masks and music.
We will visit the villages of San Lorenzo for the Negrito, Viejo and Maringuilla dances, Angahuan for the Kúrpites, along with the villages of Santa María Huiramangaro, Santa Fe de la Laguna and Sevina among others. We will also visit Tzintzuntzan, which was the capital of the Purépecha empire and the center of Don Vasco’s Utopian project. In Pátzcuaro we will tour the Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares, Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita and the Casa de los Once Patios, along with the galleries, shops, market and plazas. While visiting the different villages, we will meet the mask, textile and clay artisans of the region.
Our home base for this trip is Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México, where we will be staying in a magnificently restored 18th century home located a few steps from the Basílica de la Virgen de la Salud in the historic center of town. The home features a wonderful collection of folk art, a beautiful patio with fountain, an intimate dining room and a traditional kitchen. WiFi is available throughout the home.
During our adventures special attention will be given to highlight the traditional cuisine of the region. Incredible fiestas, sights, special dinners and celebrations await us during this tour of the pastorela dances in Michoacán
This tour begins and ends in Morelia, Michoacán (transportation Morelia – Pátzcuaro is included).
Your hosts and guides for this tour are Rick Hall and Kena Muyaes.
This tour is limited to 10 participants.
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