Flip Flop Nomad Tours
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Based in Melaque, Jalisco, we offer cultural and historical tours around Mexico. Our departure points include Melaque, Manzanillo and their neighboring towns, as well as Guadalajara and the Chapala area. We also offer various travel services and are happy to help and offer any advice you may require during your stay in Mexico.
Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico
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Alan S
Stockton, NJ24 contributions
Feb 2022
we visited Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico for 7 days in a small group of 13 flying to Los Mochis then taking the famed Chepe Express train from El Fuerte and visiting Cerocahui, The Urique Canyon, Divisadero, and Creel, returning by the Chepe Express to El Fuerte again over the next five days. We stayed in 3 excellent hotels with the Hotel Mirador in Divisadero with its spectacular views and balconies being an unforgettable experience.

The sheer scale of the mountain ranges and vertical drops of the canyons were awesome - highlighted by a 30 minute ride that takes you from the top of the canyon where there was light snow and pine forest to the valley bottom where there are oranges, grapefruits and other tropical fruit. Wear layers !

Taking a cable car across the canyon or a series of zip lines is a special moment.

The pace of the trip was about right, its a big place but there was plenty of time to have lunch, do some shopping and exercise. It was a great group of people that shared dinner together, drank plenty of wine and generally looked after each other.

Daniel, the trip leader and Alejandro, our guide, are both very knowledgable and enthusiastic ...and have empathy with the indigenous people and their customs as well as supporting eco based tourism to a remote and sparsely populated region that is cautiously opening its doors.

Highly recommended.
Written February 19, 2022
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Dan_Patman1978
Thank you so much for the wonderful review Alan, it is a truly spectacular trip to the Copper Canyon and I am glad you enjoyed it so much.
Written March 7, 2022
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Michael M
1 contribution
Dec 2019
My family of six recently went on the Orchid Tour offered by Flip Flop Nomads. Everything about the tour was enjoyable, to everyone in our party, which included people from their twenties to their seventies.

Dan and his driver, Carlos, showed up at our house exactly on time, and we were on the road promptly. On our drive, Dan entertained us with wonderfully informative stories about local agriculture, cultural history, and recent events in the area that put us all in the right mood. When we arrived at viveplants, near Santiago, we were immediately impressed, not just by the magnificent orchid farm, but by the obvious devotion of the staff to their work. Don Fidel, in particular, was an encyclopedia of knowledge about orchids, not just as commercial products but also their history and meaning across many cultures. Our tour was leisurely, but never slow, and at tea-time towards the end, we were delighted by the opportunities to ask questions and bring home small momentos. We learned a great deal about orchids, but we also came to understand the kind of affection these beautiful flowers bring out in both professionals and everyday flower lovers. 



By this time, all of us on the tour had bonded nicely and we chatted away merrily over a lovely breakfast at Mi Abuela’s on the way back to Melaque. Throughout, Dan was the consummate host: alert and responsive to the interests of each individual, forthcoming in sharing his extensive knowledge of Mexico and our immediate surroundings, and agreeable in a way that made everyone comfortable. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area; we went to an orchid farm, but we also came away with a greater appreciation for Mexico in general.

Dr. Michael Mendelson
Written January 7, 2020
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Dan_Patman1978
We are so glad that we were able to show you the amazing installations at viveplants, Elsa & Fidel are wonderful hosts and always eager to share their vast knowledge of orchids. We are also glad that you enjoyed what is a local home-cooked style breakfast that is so often missed by tourists and we are happy to share with you all. And finally thank you for your kind words about me (Dan), I am always learning more about this wonderful country that has allowed me to call it home and learn some of its wonders and customs over the last 16 years. We look forward to travelling with you again soon!
Written January 9, 2020
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intrepidtraveller256
Calgary, Canada6 contributions
Feb 2020
We just returned from the four night/five day trip to see the Monarchs. It has been many years since my last organized tour - I am definitely an independent intrepid traveller type and was worried that it might be a lot of shuffling around in groups following a guide with a flag. I must say from the quality of the bus and the fact that Flip Flop limited the numbers so we had ample room, to the beautiful accommodations in Morelia and Pazcuale, to the choices of towns and craftsman we visited, I was blown away. Dan worked really hard to ensure every person on the tour was included if they wanted to and left alone if not. I appreciated the amount of free time to explore on my own. Although the Monarchs were the reason for taking this tour, and they were spectacular, it was the colonial cities, the landscapes and the beauty of the craftsmanship of the artisans I will remember. There is no way I could have seen or done half of this itinerary on my own. Great value and more importantly, great memories!
Written February 21, 2020
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Dan_Patman1978
Thank you for choosing us to share with you this wonderful spectacle of nature and also what is one of our favourite parts of Mexico. We are glad that you enjoyed your time and the small insight into some of the wonderful traditions and crafts of Michoacan. We hope to travel with you again soon.
Written February 22, 2020
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bobandtravel
Melaque, Mexico2 contributions
Feb 2022
Having suddenly realized I was a senior, and perhaps should forgo the nine hour drive from the coast to the Monarch's Mountain Top, we booked Flip Flop Nomads Tour, and realized being taken care of was absolutely okay. The five day/ four night tour was beautifully planned, and under the kind direction of Dan we were shepherded through a truly wonderful program, with the El Rosario Monarch butterfly reserve the sacred centrepiece. This is a must do moment with nature. I did feel the effects of the uphill walking, the horseback ride, the thin mountain air, my own foolish boots, and the steep hillside return, the following day, but still enjoyed the other excursions planned for us. Good hotel choices, thoughtful transportation, informative videos, and a really comfortable bus made the tour a true joy. Thank you for this really excellent opportunity, Dan and Charlie!
Written March 6, 2022
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Dan_Patman1978
We are glad to have been able to share with you one of our favourite parts of Mexico. Even after visiting the Monarch reserve for 16 years now, it is still a truly special moment to witness.
Written March 7, 2022
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Denise L
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Solo
I just returned from a five day trip to Michoacán and Guadalajara Mexico with Dan from Flip Flop Tours. Dan was a fantastic host with so much knowledge of the area. His attention to detail in organizing tours is second to none. Our first class bus and driver, the hotel rooms, the daily experience of traditional Mexican cultual, and a mix of shopping was excellent. We had so much fun I would highly recommend Flip Flop tours for your next Mexican experience
Written January 20, 2020
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We are thrilled that you had a such a wonderful week - I certainly enjoyed myself and had a great time getting to know you all! My shopping skills were well exercised too! Thank you again and we look forward to hopefully travelling with you sometime in the future.
Written January 22, 2020
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Emma D
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We just returned from a wonderful 3 day tour of Colima and area. Dan did a great job of organizing as usual. The horse parade is an amazing sight and Colima is beautiful. We really enjoyed some of the other things on the itinerary such as the visit to the mask maker in Suchitlán and the visit to the Hacienda de Nogueras.
Written February 9, 2020
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Thanks Emma! Happy to hear you both had a great time on the tour and as always, it was a pleasure to travel with you both.
Written February 10, 2020
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Pam H
1 contribution
Jan 2020
I had the pleasure of enjoying a day in the hills outside of La Huerta. No matter what our tour involved, Dan our guide was fantastic with his knowledge of the area, the people and the flora. The local people whom we met were so engaging, warm and inviting. We spent the better part of our tour with a local ranch family who cooked us a couple of meals while encouraging us to be a part of the process and teaching us their techniques. I would HIGHLY recommend Flip Flop Nomad Tours!!!!! If you would like to experience what Mexico and its beautiful people really are all about, please take a tour with them. You will not be disappointed.
Written January 22, 2020
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Wow, thank you so much for your kind words. We are just happy to hear that you had a great day and enjoyed the experience with this wonderful community. It was an absolute pleasure to share that with you all and we look forward to hopefully travelling with you again in the future.
Written January 23, 2020
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Al Nemeth
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico1 contribution
Feb 2020
We went on the day tour to a local ranch where we were encouraged to milk the cow that then contributed the milk to our queso fresco that the ladies at the farm helped us make. We had a traditional Mexican breakfast and lunch made with fresh ingredients from the farm and local neighbours. We topped it off with a special Mexican drink called Atole, again made with milk from their cows! It was a wonderful experience in immersion in the local lifestyle, all thoroughly explained by Dan as we went along. We would highly recommend this experience and Dan at Flip Flop Nomad Tours as our guide!
Written February 16, 2020
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Dan_Patman1978
We are so glad that you enjoyed this traditional and wonderful experience and that you gave us the chance to share it with you. We look forward to seeing you both again soon and travelling on a new adventure.
Written February 21, 2020
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Dave
4 contributions
Dec 2019
Dan is extremely knowledgeable. The trip to visit the Orchid Farm is absolutely wonderful. Don't miss it.
Written December 29, 2019
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Dan_Patman1978
Thanks for the kind words. It is a fun short trip to see the amazing and beautiful work being done at VivePlants. It is always fun to go. We look froward to seeing you again soon!
Written December 30, 2019
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Kevin Donnelly
Alta, Wyoming8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
If you want a fabulous two day one night tour of Colima and surrounding points of interest then take this tour. The information and knowledge provided by the two guides, one local to Colima who had climbed the volcano more then 80 times, was incredible. The hotel and meals were super (I couldn’t eat another bite) and the value for money you can’t beat. Great job Dan and Charlie.
Written December 21, 2019
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Sightseer18374124626
Thank you for your kind words Kevin, we are glad you enjoyed the trip. Florencio is a fantastic guide with a wealth of experience and knowledge who we are glad to work with as part of our team. The food in Colima is fantastic and there was certainly plenty of it!
Written December 28, 2019
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