Lake Patzcuaro Hummingbird Festival Excursion

~Birds, Archeology and Artisan Crafts

   September 9-11, 2013 Versión en Español
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Patzcuaro, a peaceful and picturesque colonial town in the mountains of Michoacan, is nestled in lush pine forest on the southeast shore of Lake Patzcuaro at an elevation 7200 feet. This captivating town is catalogued as one of Mexico’s “Pueblo Magicos” (magical towns). It is remarkable for its rich historical heritage, as well as its plethora of artisan crafts (ceramics, lacquer work, carved wood, embroidery, textiles, and hammered copper).

On our drive down to this charming town, we’ll stop and bird at Lake Yuriria. We’ll walk flat trails along its shoreline and marshlands for great bird watching, then arrive and enjoy the late afternoon and evening in Patzcuaro.

We’ll spend our one full day at the nearby village of Tzintzuntzan on the shores of Lake Patzcuaro. Its name comes from the P’urhepecha language and means “the place of hummingbirds”. Thus we’ve chosen to visit Tzintzuntzan for bird watching! We’ll take in Las Yacatas, its 14th century archeological site, and the 16th century Monastery of San Francisco with its enormous 450 year old olive trees. Then we’ll visit the artisan market and get to know two of Michoacan’s famous ceramicists in their workshops. That evening, we’ll be the guests of Master Birding Guide, Georgia Conti, to witness a variety of hummingbird species while enjoying appetizers and a glass of wine at her home overlooking Lake Patzcuaro.

Our group will lodge at a lovely bed and breakfast in comfort, only one block from the main square. We’ll enjoy local cuisine, and have time to wander Patzcuaro’s meandering cobblestone streets with its many shops and historical buildings.  

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Pátzcuaro - Mich México 2008 6686
Yuriria Lake 1
Tzintzuntzan, Mich. Yacatas

Dinner at Restaurant El Patio, waiting for the Crosses' parade

September 9, Monday
7:00 am Depart from St. Paul’s Church, Cardo #6. A sack breakfast will be provided en route. We'll visit Lake Yuriria for bird watching. Later we'll leave for Patzcuaro, have lunch, and check into our bed and breakfast. We'll meet in our b&b dining room for orientation. Then we'll have free time to explore Patzcuaro. At 6:30 we'll meet at hotel and walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner*.


September 10, Tuesday
We'll have breakfast at our b&b at 7:00 am. We'll leave to go bird watching at Ojo de Agua. Then we'll leave for Tzintzuntzan to visit Las Yacatas Archeological Site where you'll receive a brief explanation of the site, then have time to explore the site on our own. After lunch (a sack lunch will be provided at the entrance of the site), we'll drive to the Monastery of San Francisco, then visit the garden and monastery. We'll walk to the Artisan Market and visit the ceramicists. Then we'll head for Georgia’s home to enjoy viewing hummingbirds and having wine and appetizers. Later we'll have dinner* in town.

Patzcuaro at dusk

September 11, Wednesday
Breakfast we'll be served at 8:00. You'll have time to pack. Leave your bags in your rooms, then enjoy extra time to explore, shop, or take photographs in town. At 11:30 we'll check out and put our baggage in the van. Then we'll walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch before leaving for San Miguel.

5:00 pm Estimaded arrival time to San Miguel de Allende

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee    
   This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification    

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Trip cost    
  For Attendees of the Festival
$ 610 usd or $7250 mxn

For non Attendees

$ 622 usd or $7500 mxn

Single Accommodation

$ 55 usd or $600 mxn
  Single Accommodation Supplement
If you are traveling alone we will try our best to match you with another single traveler of the same gender. Otherwise we offer single accomodations for an extra fee.
To make a reservation or if you are interested in going on this trip, please contact us:

Colleen Besman
+52 (415) 152-3644

Rodrigo Lopez
+52 (415) 100-2798
Included in cost

•   Accommodation
•   Transportation
•   Gratuities
•   Breakfasts
•   Bird watching guide
•   Entrance fees:
    - Archaeological site Tzintzuntzan
      (Las Yacatas)
    - Monastery in Tzintzuntzan

Payment and cancellation policies

Full payment is due by July 31, 2013.
Reservations will be confirmed once the full payment has been received.
Due to the cancellation policies of our providers, we must retain 30% of your payment if you cancel your reservation.
If you cancel less than 15 days prior to departure 100% of your payment becomes nonrefundable. If you or we are able to find a traveler to fill your space we'll refund 100% of your payment.
If Audubon does not have the minumum number of travelers necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund of your payment.

We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance in case you need to cancel. Here are links for providers we recommend:

Payment method

We accept payment in cash (pesos) or check form.
If using an American or Canadian bank account make your check/checks payable to: Rodrigo Lopez
Each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
      Instructions for Trip Form:
    - Download this link: Trip form
    - Fill it out
    - Print it and sign it.
Put your check, Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside the envelope.
All cash payments must be delivered to Colleen Besman personally
Tel. 415 152 3644
Seal the envelope and address it to: Colleen Besman PMB236B.
Deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
Useful information    
     Items to bring
Official ID such as your current Passport, and INAPAM ID (if you have one)

Water Bottle

Binoculars, camera, flashlight

Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain gear

Hiking sticks, insect repellent, day pack

Light-weight walking/hiking shoes

A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings

We recommend packing your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your day pack

We request that tour participants limit their baggage to one flexible suitcase not more
than 30 cms wide and one small carry-on which must fit under your seat, as the vehicle has limited luggage space

A supply of resealable plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used as mid-morning snacks

Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for bathroom fees

Patzcuaro Slideshow
Trip Leaders    
     Rodrigo Lopez Valdes    Colleen Callaway Besman

Phone: +52 (415) 152 1662
Cell: +52 (415) 100-2798

Phone: +52 (415) 152-3644
Cell: +52 (415) 101-9175
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