Populated by local Indian fishermen since mid-1200, the shores of Lake Pátzcuaro count over 20 little pueblos in which, most of the families are the descendant of the Purepecha people that developed and preserved their culture and traditions like the famous “Night of the Dead” (NOV 1st). Thanks to the fusion of ancestral handwork with organic/mineral materials & the tools and
techniques brought here by Bishop Vasco de Quiroga, the Lakeshore of Patzcuaro has become an important area of handicraft production where it is easy to find woodwork, backstrap loomed rebozos, copperwork, furniture, lacquerwork with gold leaf incrustation, woven wool, embroidery on cotton shawls, tableware & blown glass, you name it, it’s here! Note: It´s possible to
customize tour to more than 3 people.
Tour Duration: 8 Hours.
Tour Type: Transport Based.
Maximum Number of People: 8
Starting in Patzcuaro at 10 AM, (depart from Morelia available) the drive around Lake Patzcuaro (30 miles) is both to see the landscape of volcanic mountains for pictures of this lake from different angles, and stop at some small towns looking for the local artisans at home and markets to get their best handmade pieces in Santa Fe de la Laguna (one of the oldest Indian
towns), Tupátaro (for wood carved masks), Erongarícuaro (embroidered cotton shawls), Ihuatzio (reed work), Tzintzuntzan (prehispanic ceramics, glazed pottery & straw work) besides the stop at the archaeological site LAS YACATAS (when available).
Round trip transportation, bilingual Tour Guide driver & admission to family workshops, detailed descriptions of materials, techniques, tools, etc. Assistance for packing and shipping and direct contact to manufacturers (wholesale prices for galleries & art dealers, by request).
Tour works with a minimum of 2 people. Discount to groups over 6 people.
Lunch, admission to museums or pre Hispanic ruins and any kind of packing and shipping services.