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November 2016 News

37_Jan 1 07 San Lorenzo To Re-Size (53)BIG NEWS from la clandestina df

la clandestina df has relocated from Mexico City to the wonderful colonial gem of Pátzcuaro located in the mountains of Michoacán. Please give us some time to unpack and then we will be posting incredible merchandise for sale on our website and we will be open by appointment in Pátzcuaro.

Besides moving, we just completed our 2016 Day of the Dead Tour which included visiting Mexico City, Metepec, Toluca, Puebla, Cuetzalan, Huaquechula and Atlixco. A wonderful time was had by all. Here is a testimonial from one of the travelers:

“Every single detail was impeccably planned. I want to tell you something that particularly stood out for me: I loved watching you interact with people. Rick, your respect, your admiration, knowledge of and genuine love for Mexico and its people set an overarching tone that deepened my appreciation of all the elements of the trip. Your warm relationships with our hosts were authentic and deep – what a joy and pleasure it was to be included in this family of friends.”

There are still spaces available for our upcoming tours!

#1 New Years in the Purépecha Mountains – A Tour of Festival Dances (Friday, December 30, 2016 – Monday, January 9, 2017)

21_DSC02276This is an exciting tour for the traveler and photographer interested in learning about and witnessing the dances and customs associated with the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the mountain and lake regions of Michoacán. We will visit the villages of Ocumicho and Nurio to see the famous Negrito dances, San Lorenzo for the Negrito, Viejito and Maringuilla dances and Angahuan for the Cúrpites dances, along with the villages of San Jose de Gracia, Santa Fe de la Laguna, Ihuatzio and Sevina. We will also meet the mask carvers, textile and clay artisans of the region. Incredible fiestas, sights, special dinners and celebrations await us. This tour begins and ends in Morelia, Michoacán and is limited to 8 participants. For more information and photos click or email

#2 Carnival in the Huasteca  & the Gardens of Edward James – A Photographer’s Adventure (Saturday, February 25 – Tuesday, March 7, 2017)

fb317This tour presents multiple aspects of Carnival in the Huasteca region in the state of Hidalgo. In Nahua and Mestizo villages we’ll experience masked and unmasked dances and rituals which culminate on Ash Wednesday.  Afterwards, we make our way to  Xilitla, to visit the incredible, surreal gardens of Edward James and a river trip to the Cascada de Tamul (waterfalls). On our way back to Mexico City,  we travel through the Sierra Gorda in the state of Queretaro visiting the Franciscan Missions (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) built by Junipero Serra in the 1750´s and 1760´s. This tour begins and ends in Mexico City and is limited to 8 participants. For more information and photos click or email

.#3 Domingo de Ramos y Semana Santa – Palm Sunday and Easter Week in Michoacán Tour (Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 16, 2017)

FB_Banner_MG_0882This exciting tour presents the traditions, folk art and food of the most beautiful state in Mexico. The Tianguis Artesanal de Domingo de Ramos y Concurso (Palm Sunday folk art market and juried show) has been held for more than 50 years and is by far the largest concentration of Michoacán artisans. After 4 nights in Uruapan, we head to Patzcuaro and surrounding villages to enjoy the history, architecture, pre-Columbian ruins, cuisine and Easter traditions. This tour begins and ends in Morelia, Michoacán and is limited to 10 participants. For more information and photos click  or email

You may have other ideas for places to visit. Our dates are flexible and our itineraries are planned according to your wishes. Just let us know your interests and we will make the trip of YOUR lifetime a reality! We offer tours for individual travelers, couples, or larger groups. We are NOT your average tour company. All of our trips are crafted specifically to suit your desires, needs and budget.

What makes our tours different? Due to our intimate relationships with friends in all parts of Mexico, and extensive knowledge of the country, we open doors that are otherwise closed to most tour groups.


Rick Hall & Kena Muyaes

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