Salt & wIND x BORDER FREE TRAVELS

INVITE YOU ON A CURATED FOOD TOUR & GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCE IN

MORELIA & PATZCUARO,
MICHOACAN,
MEXICO

WHERE COLONIAL AND ANCIENT MEXICO MEET

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MICHOACAN CUSTOM GROUP TRAVEL

Save The Date

Cultural Experiences. Historical Tours. Exclusive Access.

Want to celebrate Day Of The Dead in Mexico? Come join us in Michoacan for the best celebration in the country!

Starting October 2019 Salt & Wind founder, Aida Mollenkamp, will pair up with Kristen Kellogg of Border Free Travels to host a Day Of The Dead-focused group trip to Michoacan!

Join our group trip or have us create a custom Michoacan itinerary for you!

TYPES OF TRAVELERS ON THIS TRIP:

Couples, Siblings, Friends, & Solo Travelers

WAYS TO TRAVEL TO THIS DESTINATION:


 

FROM MORELIA TO PATZCUARO

Why Michoacan?

Legit food, butterfly migrations, colonial architecture, and an UNESCO Heritage acknowledgement? Yup, Michoacan has a ton going for it yet it’s one of the least visited corners of Mexico. That means it’s got tons of local charm without tons of tourists.

We’ll spend part of our time exploring Morelia, one of the first cities founded by the Spanish during the colonial era. Among the baroque facades, we’ll crisscross the city to visit museums, try all the legendary sweets, and eat local food that’s among our favorite classic Mexican bites (carnitas or enchiladas, anyone?).

Oh and did we mention that one of the most legendary celebrations for Day Of The Dead takes place in Michoacan? For the holiday, we’ll head to the lakeside pueblo magico of Patzcuaro and watch the floating floral-and-candle-clad altars head out into the night.

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MORELIA & PATZCUARO BOUTIQUE group TRAVEL

Michoacan Trip Hosts

Travel Experts. Hospitality Professionals. Local Hosts.

From its food to its history, its design and culture, your hosts, Aida Mollenkamp and Kristen Kellogg are enamored with all things Mexico and share it with guests on their co-hosted Mexico group trips.

Aida, a trained chef, author, Food Network personality, and food expert, and Kristen, a travel connoisseur and filmmaker, share a passion for all things creative. Fittingly, the friends met while traveling and spent that trip doing their favorite things: tasting the cuisine, trying local products, and endlessly exploring. 

Kristen lives part time in Mexico City and, as evidence by our Mexican wine country tours, Aida loves all things Mexico — from the food to the history. Following the success of their Mexico City group trips, they’re launching group trips to Michoacan starting in Fall 2019.

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All In The Details

Your Michoacan Trip Includes...

What's included in the Salt & Wind x Border Free Travels group trip:

  • All meals listed in the itinerary (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)

  • Learn to make marigold garland for Day Of The Dead

  • Craft cocktail class and tasting with local mixologist

  • Hands-on cooking class with local chefs

  • Shop local boutiques with local creatives

  • Street food crawl in Morelia

  • Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi

  • A group photographer so you can enjoy the moment

  • A group concierge to help with any extra events you may want to plan

  • At least 10 edited group photos daily

  • Group transportation to/from all events listed on the itinerary

  • Morning neighborhood walks and/or yoga classes  (optional)

  • Tips for all meals, hotels, drivers, and activity guides included in the itinerary

  • A few gifts from some of our favorite food & travel brands

  • A few surprises! (You didn’t think we’d tell you every last detail, did you?) 

  • A whole 30 days FREE ACCESS to Rosetta Stone to help you perfect your Spanish!

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What's not included in the Salt & Wind x Border Free Travels group trip:

  • Any incidental expenses 

  • Tips for photographer and trip hosts

  • Required travel insurance

  • Any extra excursions or events you plan with our concierge

  • Transportation from your home to/from Morelia, Mexico

  • Transportation to/from the airport to the hotel in Morelia, Mexico

  • Alcohol aside from for 1 alcoholic drink at both lunch and dinner

  • Anything from room service or the hotel minibar

 

Sample Michoacan Itinerary

Each of group travel experiences is unique so we don't have a set Michoacan itinerary. However, we work with the same partners to guarantee quality across all our trips.

Want more info? Email us at travel@saltandwind.com for a full itinerary!

Day 1: Morelia

City Tour || Market Visit || Street Food Crawl ||  Dinner || Overnight In Morelia

Day 2: Morelia

Artisan Visit || Hands-On Cooking Class and Lunch || Dinner | Overnight In Morelia

Day 3: Patzcuaro

Transfer to Patzcuaro | Visit Historic CIty Center | Day Of The Dead Celebrations | Overnight In Patzcuaro |

 

Day 4: Patzcuaro

Free Time | Classic Local Lunch | High-End Dinner | OVERNIGHT IN PATZCUARO |

Day 4: Head Home

BRUNCH WITH THE GROUP | FREE TIME | HEAD BACK TO MORELIA |


Michoacan Boutique Hotels

Michoacan Boutique Hotels

During our group trip to Michoacan, we’ll stay at a high-end design hotel in a classic neighborhood of Morelia. While visiting the pueblo magico of Patzcuaro, we’ll take over an historic hacienda with sprawling grounds.

 
 

MICHOACAN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Michoacan FAQs

So, you have a few questions? Well, we've got answers!


WHY TRAVEL TO MICHOACAN

Why did you guys choose Michoacan?

Legit food, butterfly migrations, colonial architecture, and an UNESCO Heritage acknowledgement? Yup, Michoacan has a ton going for it yet it’s one of the least visited corners of Mexico. That means it’s got tons of local charm without tons of tourists.

We’ll spend part of our time exploring Morelia, one of the first cities founded by the Spanish during the colonial era. Among the baroque facades, we’ll crisscross the city to visit museums, try all the legendary sweets, and eat local food that’s among our favorite classic Mexican bites (carnitas or enchiladas, anyone?).

Oh and did we mention that one of the most legendary celebrations for Day Of The Dead takes place in Michoacan? For the holiday, we’ll head to the lakeside pueblo magico of Patzcuaro and watch the floating floral-and-candle-clad altars head out into the night.

TRIP ATTENDEES & STAFF

Who is this Border Free Travels x Salt & Wind trip for?

This trip is designed for a traveler who wants a unique, memorable experience without having to do all the legwork. We're first food lovers so we concentrate on good food, but we frame our trips in the context of the location and share everything — makers, independent businesses, art, and markets — that makes the local culture unique. Our trips are for someone who wants to get out and get a chance to learn about the local scene instead of staying put at a resort.

What sort of traveler would enjoy the Michoacan trip?

Our Michoacan trip is for an food lover who wants to dig deeper into Mexico. During this a long weekend, we’ll explore this lesser-known corner of Mexico, filled with everything from high end to authentic experiences, hands-on workshops to expert-led tours, and everything is carefully curated by your hosts, Aida of Salt & Wind Travel and Kristen of Border Free Travels.

How many guests are there total? Who else is going on this trip?

We cap these trips at 12 guests and then 3 to 5 staff with us at any given time (including drivers, the photographer, a tour guide, and our hosts, Aida Mollenkamp and Kristen Kellogg). This makes for a big enough group to keep it lively but small enough you don't feel like its group travel. 

We encourage you to bring a friend, significant other, or family member, because our trips are priced for double occupancy rooms and we think it's always more fun to have a roomie you know. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome too!

ABOUT THE ITINERARY

How much travel is involved?

The entire itinerary takes place within about 90-mile radius so there’s not too much car time. And, we do our best to break it up so you never have to be in the car for more than 100 minutes at one time. Of course, unforeseen circumstances or traffic could cause delays but we’ll do our best!

Can I bring a friend or significant other with me?

Please do! Rooms are priced for double occupancy to make it super simple. Just indicate when you book that you would like to room together. Of course, if you’re traveling solo, we’d also love to have you.

Are food and drinks covered?

For the most part, yes! All wine tastings and meals listed in the itinerary are included (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner). Our seated meals will be served either family-style, as a fixed menu, or as tasting menus, which allows our restaurant partners to service our large group in a consistent manner. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Will I need extra spending money? Should it be pesos?

If you would like to shop for yourself, there will be a few opportunities to do so. Anything you buy on these excursions is to be paid by you, separately. We will make an ATM stop so you can pull out some pesos. We recommend you contact your credit cards and bank in advance to let them know that you're traveling and to understand any fees you may be charged.

I don’t speak Spanish, is this a problem?

Absolutely not! All of our partners speak English and we have Spanish speakers on staff.

There’s a lot here — how busy will I be?

We want you to really get to know the areas we’re traveling to but know that you’re on vacation and will want some downtime too! That said most days don’t start until 10AM and we try to pepper in a fair amount of free time in the afternoon as well as optional activities.

What is the weather like in Mexico City in the Fall? What should I pack?

Because Mexico City is at elevation (almost 7,500 fee!), the weather is more temperate than other parts of Mexico. October is usually some of the best weather of the year in Mexico City with average temperatures ranging from the low 50s to mid 70s and about five days of rain.

The key to Mexico City is to wear layers because the mornings tend to be chilly but it can be sunny and hot by the afternoon. Oh, and definitely pack an umbrella or a rain jacket because even in the non-rainy season storms can come through.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We have partnered with hotels that meet the Salt & Wind standards of service. 

Room Options

Double Occupancy

Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you're a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you'll each pay the double occupancy rate. 

Single Occupancy

Need some alone time? We hear you. That's why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself. 

Bed Types

Just so we're on the same page, we want you to know that most rooms in the hotels have queen or king beds. In other words, unless you buy a single room, you're going to be sharing your bed with someone! 

What level of service can I expect? 

Mexico is one of the most accommodating and hospitable cultures around; however, service can sometimes be a bit slower than the States. We say just take it as a chance to unwind and enjoy the moment!

LOGISTICS

Where exactly do we meet?

We'll meet at the hotel in Morelia; however, we can definitely help you get there so just ask! Oh, and once you book your trip, we’ll send you loads more information about the trip specifics including exactly where to meet, what time to meet, and, of course, a contact person you can call if you're running late.

I don’t live close by. Can you book my flight?

We do not directly book flights nor does the trip price cover airfare from your hometown to Morelia. But, we can help! Just ask and we'll connect you with our travel agent who can assist you with those details.

I need more time off! Can I add additional days on to the trip?

Great! We plan to add on day trips or trip extensions to the trips in the near future. For now, you can use our concierge (for an additional fee) to arrange additional tours, restaurants, or hotel nights. And, if you want to stay longer in Mexico, we can help you get preferred rates with our hotel partners.

SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS

I gotta ask...is it safe?

Our team members have all spent an extensive amount of time traveling, drinking, eating, shopping and hanging out in all of the locations we will visit.  We would not be running trips there if we didn’t think it was safe, but we urge you to check the U.S. State Department website to make your own determinations. You can also enroll in the STEP program for travel warnings and updates.

How about theft and pickpocketing?

As with any unfamiliar location, we urge you to take precautions against pickpockets and to minimize traveling with unnecessary valuable goods, like high-end jewelry. All of the hotels we partner with have their own security and safes; however, you'll want to take special precautions in busier areas like public transportation,  Zocalo square, downtown, and at the markets.

What about earthquakes?

Look, earthquakes are a real possibility in Mexico so it's best to be prepared. Just as we do in any other earthquake-prone city, we keep a pair of sneakers by the door and our phone, wallet, and keys close to our nightstand in case of emergency.

And can I drink the water?

You can definitely take a shower in the water and brush your teeth. That said you'll want to drink bottled water just in case your stomach isn't used to the local water. Our hotel partners offer filtered water in the rooms and bottled water in the bathroom with which you can brush your teeth if you prefer. Team Salt & Wind constantly has ice in drinks and hasn't had a problem but just let us know if you want your drinks without ice. 

Not to be a downer but what happens in case of a medical emergency?

We have work with an English-speaking hospital in case of an emergency. This area of Mexico has a long history of U.S. tourists (and a big expat community) so the quality of care is excellent.

You can also look into buying a MedeVac such as AirMed if you want to be able to easily return to the United States for medical care.

Wait, what about Zika?

We urge you to check the CDC website so that you have the most updated information about Zika in Mexico, especially if you plan to travel elsewhere in the country before or after our trip.

Do you recommend trip insurance?

Yes, we actually require travel insurance in case you are unable to come due to circumstances beyond your control. There are a variety of services for providing trip insurance and note that many credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire and American Express) include the service as part of a trip purchase. Please check with your credit card to confirm. 

Does Global Entry help with border crossing?

Yes!! Especially if you travel a lot, you'll want to look into the CBP Global Entry program, which allows you expedited border crossing. 

PRICING & PAYMENT

For a specific trip's pricing please visit the "Reserve" section of the site.

For more specifics on payment, head to our general FAQs and be sure to take a look at our Booking Terms and Conditions for the fine print.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Have additional questions? Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com