Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Oaxaca to Oaxaca

7 days from 1,049 pp

Both intriguing and unusual, the Day of the Dead festival is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party, and here is your backstage pass. Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico’s artistic heartland, for a seven-day adventure that gives a truly different perspective of the country. With street dances, painted faces, incredible ruins, picturesque landscapes all around, delicious flavours, and maybe a margarita or two, it’ll be easy to get into the macabre spirit of “Dia de los Muertos.”
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7 days, Oaxaca to Oaxaca

From 1,049 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

 

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

 

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16.

 

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Oaxaca

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

El Día de los Muertos is a holiday in Mexico to honour and pray for loved ones who’ve departed. During this period in Oaxaca – centre-stage for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico – cemetery vigils and street parades are not to be missed.

Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting. You will meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

This is a very popular tour which runs over 1 specific week every year, as a result, we have multiple groups at the same time enjoying the Journeys itinerary but each with their own CEO leading them. There may be other Journeys groups in the same hotel and you will be sure to see them at the various festivities over the week.

Private Vehicle:
Oaxaca – Xoxocotlán International Airport – Oaxaca

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Casantica (or similar)
Day 2: Oaxaca

Take an orientation walk of Oaxaca with your CEO to familiarize yourself with the city. Spend five days exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival. There is free time to explore, visit the nearby ruins of Monte Albán or Mitla, take a cooking class, or relax in a café on the city’s main square.
Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca with your CEO. Visit two massive markets located just off the “zócalo” (main square), here you’ll find many local foods, ornaments, and Day of the Dead essentials for local families.
This tour includes visits to cemeteries in both Xoxocotlan and Atzompa to view the altars and families gathering as dusk turns to dark. The many candles placed around the altars and graves add to the ambiance. In addition, you’ll view Day of the Dead parades in both Oaxaca and the Etla Valley. Participants in these parades dress in elaborate costumes and are serenaded by brass bands. Mezcal, served in small plastic cups, is frequently passed out to those watching the parades.
Day of the Dead takes place between October 31 and November 2 and is a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Families will build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries, to be with the souls of the departed. It is believed that the souls will come back to visit and take part in the celebrations. Some of the “ofrendas” (altars) are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honoured on November 1. Adults are remembered on November 2. It is generally a festive rather than somber gathering.
The Oaxaca area is well known for its many artisans who make everything from pottery, to elaborate weavings, and mezcal (tequila’s cousin). The group can also take an optional visit to a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work.
The schedule for this tour is very flexible. It allows the CEO to make the best use of your time and is based on the events and activities of the day. The CEO will go over the schedule with you.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations:
Oaxaca

An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

Free Time:
Oaxaca

In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca’s other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city’s main square, we think there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Casantica (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Oaxaca

Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with a local host, who will take us to the local market, the chocolate grinding mills, and a tortilla making workshop. Continue on to a local family’s kitchen and taste an array of local cuisine, learn traditional cooking methods, and discuss the food culture in Oaxaca. There’s also free time to explore the city and its surroundings.
The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the CEO to make the most of your time. The CEO will go over the schedule with you.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations:
Oaxaca

An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

Free Time:
Oaxaca

In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca’s other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, attend cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering mole of the area, or just relax in a cafe in the city’s main square, we think there’s something for everyone here.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Oaxaca Culinary Experience:
Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with this exclusive foodie experience. With our local host, visit the local market, the chocolate grinding mills and tortilla-making workshop. Then visit the home of a local family and taste an array of local cuisine, learn traditional cooking methods, and discuss the food culture in Oaxaca.

Accommodation:

Hotel Casantica (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Oaxaca

Continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival.
The schedule for this tour is very flexible. It allows your CEO to make the most of your time in Mexico. The schedule is based around the events of the day. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations:
Oaxaca

An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

Free Time:
Oaxaca

In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca’s other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city’s main square, we think there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Casantica (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Oaxaca

Continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival.
The schedule for this tour is very flexible. It allows for the CEO to make the most of your time in Mexico. The schedule is based around the events and activities of the day. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations:
Oaxaca

An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

Free Time:
Oaxaca

In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca’s other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city’s main square, we think there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Casantica (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Oaxaca

Enjoy your last full day of the Day of the Dead festival.
The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the CEO to make the best of our time based on events and activities on a day-by-day basis. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally.

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations:
Oaxaca

An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

Free Time:
Oaxaca

In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca’s other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city’s main square, we think there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Casantica (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Oaxaca

Depart at any time.

Departure Day:

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Oaxaca Culinary Experience, Oaxaca
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa
  • Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades
  • Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Accommodations:

Hotels (6 nts).

 

Meals:

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Allow USD265-345 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Private vehicle, walking.

 

Staff & experts:

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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