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Ancient & Colonial Mexico
Mexico City, Morelia & Patzcuaro
Feb 23rd - Mar 6th, 2018
US$2100 p.p.

Well, things always change! This time it is the proposed 2018 Mexico Tour... the Veracruz Tour has morphed into a Mexico City-Morelia-Patzcuaro tour. The dates remain the same just the locations have changed! This is a new tour route that Florencio has recently developed and I was not aware that he had. It is also one of my favorite regions of Mexico, one where I almost moved before I headed south to Oaxaca. It is one of the major and most prolific arts and crafts area in Mexico. As always we will be visiting and getting to know some incredible artists in their studios: potters, copper smiths, painters, woodworkers, basket weavers, textile weavers and more. This exciting tour starts in Mexico City where we will visit major museums specializing in paintings, folk art, colonial and archeological artifacts, and, of course, Frida Kahlo's home in Coyoacan.

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This special tour is designed with your interests in mind so please join us.

I know that some of you have already received advance notice of the change. I am not bugging you with emails, it is just not feasible to find and delete email addresses in the mail program.

This tour is planned for a small group of 15 and I expect it to fill up. Please let me know if you are interested. I have asked for a $100 early deposit to reserve a space. If you then have to cancel out I will refund the full deposit if you notify me by October 1, 2017. We are having to pre-pay hotel deposits now since our dates are high season. I also gave the option of making two payments: Dec 1, 2017 and Jan 1 ,2018

Tour with Milagros Para Ti and Academic Tours Oaxaca

Itinerary (B L D = Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Friday, February 23 USA / Mexico City
Fly to Mexico City
Meet tour director Florencio Moreno at the Mexico City airport, and group transfer to hotel.
Hotel Casa Gonzalez (52) 55 5514 3302

Saturday, February 24 (B L) Historic DF
Orientation, Drive to visit National Folk Art Museum
Visit Templo Mayor
Lunch at restaurant Café Tacuba
Visit colorful Bazar Sabado in San Angel
Be sure to wear flat, comfortable shoes and carry as little as possible. We will be walking all day.
Hotel Casa Gonzalez (52) 55 5514 3302

Sunday, February 25 (B L) Mexico City
Visit Chapultepec Castle
Visit Frida Kahlo’s home at the Blue House Museum
Lunch at restaurant Los Anafres in Coyoacan
Visit Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela
Hotel Casa Gonzalez (52) 55 5514 3302

Monday, February 26 (B L) Mexico City
Visit murals of Diego Rivera & Jean Charlot in the Ministry of Education
Visit House Museum Casa Barragan
Lunch at Guzina Oaxaca in Polanco
Visit Soumaya Museum, founded by Carlos Slim
Hotel Casa Gonzalez (52) 55 5514 3302

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Tuesday, February 27 (B L) Mexico City/Morelia
Early departure to Morelia
Visit to Salamanca
Enjoy lunch at great restaurant La Galereña
Drive to Yuriria & visit amazing XVI Century church & convent
Arrival at Hotel
Optional evening street food walking tour
Hotel Virrey de Mendoza 52 443 312 0633

Wednesday, February 28 (B L) Morelia
Walking tour of the Historic District of the city
Visit Grand Cathedral of Morelia
Visit Regional Museum of Michoacan
Visit State Folk Art co-op of Michoacan & sweets/craft market
Lunch at Fonda Las Mercedes
Visit the Clavijero Cultural Centre
Hotel Virrey de Mendoza 52 443 312 0633

Thursday, March 1 (B L) Morelia Centro
Visit Palacio de Justicia
Visit house of national Hero Jose Maria Morelos
Visit State Folk Art Coop of Michoacan
Lunch at traditional restaurant Galafre, in front of magnificent Colonial aqueduct of this lovely city
Hotel Virrey de Mendoza 52 443 312 0633

Friday, March 2 (B L) Central towns of Michoacan
Drive to pottery village of Capula, meet Juan Torres & family. Visit craft market afterwards.
Enjoy lunch at favorite restaurant
Visit village of Cuanajo
Return to Patzcuaro early afternoon
Hotel Casa Encantada 52 434 342 3492

Saturday, March 3 (B L) Morelia/Patzcuaro
Visit Copper Museum in Santa Clara del Cobre.
Enjoy lunch at local restaurant in Patzcuaro
Visit Folk Art Museum, La Basilica de la Senora de la Salud, public library with mural of Juan O’Gorman.
Hotel Casa Encantada 52 434 342 3492

Sunday, March 4 (B L)
Drive to large town of Uruapan visit to Park
Visit La Huatapera Museum
Visit arts & crafts market.
Drive to famous guitar making town of Paracho
Enjoy lunch in Paracho
Return to Patzcuaro for Sunday street fairs and local activities
Hotel Casa Encantada 52 434 342 3492

Monday, March 5 (B D) Patzcuaro
Visit house of 11 patios,
Afternoon free optional boat ride to Janitzio Island
Farewell dinner in Patzcuaro
Hotel Casa Encantada 52 434 342 3492

Tuesday, March 6 (B) Morelia
Airport departure

Veracruz & North Carolina

Milagros Para Ti now has a sister shop in North Carolina! Debbie is currently dividing her time between Mexico and the US having recently moved up to Hendersonville, in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. This small town is surprisingly similar to Coatepec in size, climate, and wonderfully friendly folk.

Mexican Folk Art, Crafts & Gifts

Another group makes whimsical carvings of angels, chickens, and other figures that will bring a smile to your face! Also available from Veracruz are hand-rolled cigars of aromatic tobacco, bottles of pure vanilla and the finest shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee.

Textiles

Milagros Para Ti offers you the finest in rugs, huipiles, rebozos, blouses and purses.

Textiles are produced throughout Mexico and contemporary textiles derive their richness and variety from the combination, over many centuries, of different materials, techniques and decorative motifs. All our textile products are hand woven using only natural, colorfast dyes. White cotton is native to the New World as is the luscious toffee colored strain called coyuche. Preparation of the cotton and the dyes to color it is arduous taking from a few hours to several days. Blue comes from the anil plant, red from the cochineal bug which lives on the cactus plant, yellows from lichen, and black from Indigo.

Huipiles and Rebozos

These most delicate and lovely of wraps are themselves a miracle of Mexico. They have been used not only as clothing but have also found their way onto tables as runners and on windows as curtains! We offer them to you in cotton, wool and silk. Each rebozo is hand woven and colorfast, dyed from natural plants and animals. Shades range from white to the most brilliant of colors. The soft beige rebozos are made from coyuche, a naturally caramel colored cotton native to Mexico.

Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, high in the mountains of the Mixe region of Oaxaca, produces hand woven and naturally dyed cotton shawls in a beautiful array of earth tones. This proud region was never conquered and remains a sacred place for the Mixes who are striving to preserve their traditions and provide the village with an economic base though the sales of textiles.

Debbie also travels to Guatemala to find the best in tightly woven purses, placemats and jackets.


The Vasquez Family, Teotitlan Del Valle

From a tradition that has lasted well over eleven generations, the Vasquez family continues to practice the craft of creating textiles from 100% wool. The entire family, headed by Isaac Vasquez, lives and works in Teotitlan Del Valle amongst many other families of artisans practicing the same craft. Recognized as a proponent of tradition and for his aesthetic capabilities, Vasquez has developed into a respected artisan in his community as well as on an international level. Many of his works have been displayed in major museums throughout the world and he has been featured in numerous publications on Mexican artisans. Isaac Vasquez and his wife Guadalupe have passed down their skills to their eight children who all participate in continuing the family tradition.

The process they follow in producing their exquisite rugs is long and requires incredible skill. It begins with the collection of the sheep's wool when it reaches its longest length. After the wool is gathered it is then washed in waters of nearby rivers, carded to remove foreign material, and then hand spun into thread on a wooden spinning wheel. Next batches of wool are dyed in colors extracted from natural animal and vegetal sources. From 4 basic colors (red, black, yellow and blue) over 126 different shades of color are derived.

The artistry of weaving a rug can take up to a few months to complete depending on the size and intricacy of the patterns. The Vasquez family's rugs feature popular, traditional, and unique designs usually inspired by Zapotec culture.