La Ruta de Don Vasco

Join us on this trip into the heart of Purépecha country in Michoacan to witness the best artisans at work, as well as taking in the impressive sights of Paricutin Volcano and Uruapan National Park. Don Vasco was the first bishop of Michoacán, who taught the Purépecha people about religion, crafts and the fundamentals of self-government. The skills he implanted among Purépecha have been passed down to their descendants, who are today considered among the most skilled crafts persons in Mexico.

This trip  includes some of the small towns around Lake Pátzcuaro, such as Quiroga, Ihuatzio and Santa Fe de la Laguna, each of these towns with something different to offer, including intricate wood and stone work and impressive archaeological sites. We also venture to the town of Angahuan, where we descend to the lava covered village of San Juan Parangaricutiro; from there we witness the amazing site of the church steeple and alter emerging from the lava of the world’s youngest volcano, Paricutín.

From one breathtaking site to another, we head to the National Park that lies in the centre of Uruapan, one of Michoacán’s most important cities, where we are surrounded by lush greenery and waterfalls. We end our trip in the historically rich city of Zamora before returning home.




Contact us for private groups.


$11,600 Pesos per person based on double occupancy.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, group size for this tour will be limited to 14 people – for information on private tours, please contact us.


$3,200 Pesos.


Transport, accommodation, breakfasts & guide.


Tips for guides, drivers or room maids, lunches or evening meals (with exception of packed lunch on day 1).



Medium to high* – slow pace walking with opportunity for regular stops on city tours, walk/horseride to ruins of church at Paricutín volcano more demanding, site can be seen from distance with binoculars, so this high demand part of the tour can be missed out.


Sun screen, hat, long sleeves/jacket for evenings, comfortable closed walking shoes (particularly for walking across lava of volcano).


Warm during day time, cooler in evenings.

*Please note that each of our tours is tailored to the needs of the over 50s and our difficulty levels are simply comparative to our other tours. If you are in doubt as to whether or not this tour is suitable for you, please contact us for more information.