Michoacán Christmas Shopping
Join us we head back to Michoacán but travel across the state to see their Christmas traditions. We’ll visit the former mining town and now Pueblo Mágico of Tlalpujahua, now known for it’s incredible Christmas displays and huge glass Christmas decoration festival.
We’ll also head to one of our favourite Pueblo Mágicos, Pátzcuaro, to visit the local and festive markets, stop and see how the delicate and intricate clay Catrinas are made in Capula, before journeying to the opposite end of the state to visit local artisans in Ocumicho and Paracho. This trip also includes a pit-stop in Tlaquepaque before heading home to the coast, giving you a chance to see the main shopping street decorated in all it’s Christmas glory.
Maybe grab some gifts, see some Christmas lights, and visit some different artisan towns in one of our top Mexican states!
29th November – 2nd December 2023
Day 1: Melaque to Tlalpujahua
Departing early from Melaque, we will arrive in the magical Christmas town of Tlalpujahua in the late afternoon. After check-in at the hotel, we will take a slow and leisurely guided tour of this small pueblo that lights up in December, stopping to view the beautiful Christmas lights that adorn the centre.
Day 2: Feria de la Esfera, Artisan workshops, & Capula
After breakfast we’ll head over to some of the workshops where the beautiful glass Christmas decorations that the town is known for are made. Next, we’ll venture over to the Feria de la Esfera, a huge fair where you’ll be able to buy your own ornaments!
After lunch, we’ll journey onto Pátzcuaro where we will spend the night, but not before making a stop in Capula, home to the clay Catrina. We’ll visit one of the local workshops here to see how these haunting and detailed ladies and gentlemen are made, as well as have the opportunity to shop for your own.
We’ll spend the night in Pátzcuaro, a beautiful Pueblo Mágico, which typically has festive markets around the squares to mark the Christmas period.
Day 3: Pátzcuaro, Ocumicho, Baracho, & Zamora
After breakfast, our local guide will give a tour of the town, as well as taking us to some of the best markets and shopping areas in Pátzcuaro centre.
Mid-morning, we’ll head to the other side of the state, to the small town of Ocumicho where the famous pottery “litte devils” are made, visiting a local workshop to see the creation process.
Next we’ll scoot on over to Paracho, a small town known for it’s mastery crafting of guitars. We’ll pay a visit to another local workshop and learn about the precision and skill that goes into making some of the most beautiful instruments.
We’ll spend the night in the border town of Zamora, a town known for it’s many churches, including the tallest one in Mexico.
Accommodation: Zamora de Hidalgo
Day 4: Zamora, Tlaquepaque, & return travel
Before we depart to Tlaquepaque later in the morning, we’ll take you on a small walking tour of the town of Zamora, including a stop at the tallest cathedral in Mexico. We’ll then head to Tlaquepaque for lunch and to give you the opportunity to explore the many shops and galleries on the main stretch which is typically decorated during this festive time.
We’ll head back to the coast late in the afternoon, arriving back in the evening with a bus full of goodies!
$11,000 pesos per person (based on double occupancy)
$2,000 peso single person supplement
4 days, 3 nights
Low to Medium
Many of the streets in the Pueblo Mágicos are cobbled and can make walking difficult at times.
Warm in the day, and cool at night.
Tlalpujahua – 2,580m (8,460ft)
Pátzcuaro – 2,140m (7,020ft)
Zamora – 1,580m (5,141ft)
Measurements above sea level