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Day of the Dead in Mexico City
  • 6 Day 5 Nights
  • Availability : Specific date, 29 Oct - 3 Nov
  • Starts and ends in Mexico City
  • 9:00 AM

The Day of the Dead is one of the most famous celebrations in Mexico. Families and friends come together to honor the Dead. This implies the transitory return of the souls of the deceased. They return home to the world of the living to live with their relatives and nourish themselves with the essence of the food offered to them on the altars placed in their honor. 

UNESCO has recognized this tradition since November 2008, thanks to the essence it preserves. It is currently lived every year throughout Mexico in different ways. In Mexico City, the tradition continues by placing ofrendas and altars with photos, food, and drinks to remember their loved ones.

Enjoy the smells, the tastes and the typical rituals while getting fascinating insights into one of Mexico’s most colorful traditions. 

Visit Mexico City’s historical center, witness the fantastic parade with colorful customs, and learn how prehispanic cultures celebrated death. Try to visit Mixquic and see the most authentic celebration of this unique event. Meet “”La Llorona.”” Also, you will enjoy a tour through the canals of Xochimilco and combine the experience with a magic show enjoying the typical legend of “La Llorona” on a long weekend in Mexico City. During this exclusive program, which can only be organized once a year. With us, you will experience the magical traditions of the Day of the Dead

What’s included

  • Four nights’ accommodation in a standard room at the hotels above mentioned or similar
  • Daily breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and excursions as specified in the plan, operating on a shared basis
  • Entrances to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Guide during all programs (English-Spanish speaking)
  • Staff assistance for transfers and late excursions
  • Service charge on included meals
  • All Taxes (VAT and hotel taxes )
  • Airfares (domestic and international)
  • All services, meals, or items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, beverages, etc.
  • Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides.
Itinerary

Day 130 October -Welcome to Mexico City

You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. As the country’s capital, the “”Ciudad de Mexico”” is a mosaic of contrasts but, most of all, an experience in which all of Mexico comes together. It’sIt’s the perfect place to start your trip to Mexico.

These days, the city is transformed with magic as the Day of the Dead is approaching, so the streets are dressed in colors to welcome the faithful departed.

Included: Airport Transfers, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City.

Day 231 October - Historic Center and "La Llorona"

Get to know one of the world’s biggest and most exciting cities! With its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritage, this megacity is the country’s beating heart. Enjoy a guided visit to the historical center, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. 

This exciting journey will include “The Zocalo,” the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest in America. Continue and visit the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. 

During these days, the Zocalo is dressed up with massive skulls and enormous ofrendas for your first impressions of the Day of the Dead celebrations. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the great Day of the Dead parade through the streets of the historic center. People dressed up as Mexican catrines to start the celebration. This event is set to music with songs that work with prehispanic elements. It is an extremely colorful festival that shows the Day of the Dead tradition in all its splendor. Music, costumes, skulls, catrinas, inflatable dolls representing the magical towns of Mexico, and colorful lights amaze this beautiful festival. 

You can also appreciate the famous ofrendas in the Zocalo square that are placed in honor of the heroes of Mexico’s history or representing a state of the Mexican Republic, besides tasting the traditional “”pan de Muerto”” (bread of the Dead).

You will also see the Templo mayor’s ruins, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. This archeological place exhibits 14,000 objects found in what was once the main Mexica temple.

In the late afternoon, transfer to Xochimilco, one of the most picturesque and colorful areas of Mexico City and one of the last remaining vestiges of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. This beautiful place is characterized by its canals, floating gardens with lovely flowers, and brightly decorated “”trajineras,”” which could be considered the traditional Mexican equivalent of a gondola. 

On the canals, we will attend a unique piece of theater, which can only be seen in October and November: “”The Legend of La Llorona.”” La Llorona (“”The Weeping Woman””) is one of the most famous legends in Mexico. Although several versions exist, the best-known story tells of a beautiful woman named Maria, who drowns her children in a river as revenge because her husband left her for a younger woman. When she finally  realized that her children were dead, she drowned herself. At the gates of Heaven, she is asked about the whereabouts of her children. She is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name “”La Llorona.”” She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world. She is said to cry ¡Ay, mis hijos! (“”Oh, my children!””).

This story is viral during the Day of the Dead season as this is the time for the diffused souls to come back to Earth to look for their loved ones. Guided by torches, with music, dance, fire, and spectacular light effects, you will enjoy an unforgettable show that recreates the emblematic legend of terror of the Mexican culture “”La Llorona”” where you will travel through the canals of Xochimilco in a trajinera, and you will make sense of death as the ancient prehispanic cultures did.

You will observe dance and theater under the moonlight in this incredible show. You will hear music and chants echoing through the canals of Xochimilco and live a truly unique Mexican experience.

Included: Breakfast in the Hotel, Guided visit to the historic center in English, Transportation, Visit to Xochimilco and Ticket for La Llorona, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City

Day 301 November - Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the shine of Guadalupe

Discover Teotihuacán, ”the place where gods were created. Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive archeological sites in the country. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, 

Teotihuacán was the biggest city on the American continent and one of the biggest in the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably ancient Mexico’s most important and civilized cultural center. 

During this guided excursion, you will see and maybe climb the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, walk down the Avenue of the Dead, and visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the Fortresses. 

Of course, you will witness a fantastic event called “”La Fiesta de Las Animas”” (the feast of the animas) with multiple rituals and ceremonies to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Some of these are the release of butterflies considered messengers of the underworld and massive lighting of candles to illuminate the path of the souls. On the other hand, there are also funeral marches and representations of ball games from prehispanic times. Of course, the sky is illuminated by the raising of cantoya balloons. You can also observe the mega ofrenda that includes traditional and contemporary elements in this incredible event. 

Before arriving back at your hotel, we stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world.

Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Transportation, Guided Walking Tour in English, Entry to Archeological Site of Teotihuacan, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City

Day 402 November - Mixquic: Day of the dead

Today Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead, one of the most famous celebrations of the country, recognized as an intangible World Heritage by Unesco. Families and friends come together to honor the Dead. One of the best places to be part of this unique event in San Andres Mixquic, located in the southeast of Mexico City, about an hour’s driving from downtown. Before we go to Mixquic, we will stop at the UNAM Campus. Every year, a mega ofrenda is exhibited on the campus, and you will have the opportunity to see it. Then continue to Mixquic. The modern celebrations in Mixquic are an extension of the death cult that has existed here since pre-Hispanic times. During this unique tour, you will experience the magical traditions of the Day of the Dead. 

You will enjoy the smells, the tastes, and the typical rituals. At the same time our guide will give you fascinating insights into one of Mexico’sMexico’s most colorful traditions. Witness the unique “”Alumbrada”” when families gather in the cemetery to decorate the tombs of the deceased with flowers, candles, and different kinds of objects. Thousands of candles are lit while families pray and sing for the spirits of their ancestors. 

In this experience, you will enjoy the colorful ofrendas, taste typical food such as “”pan de Muerto”” and buy crafts at the stands. Of course, you will observe prehispanic rituals’rituals’ performances in the most authentic setting and learn about the true essence of the Day of the Dead. Don’tDon’t miss this fantastic experience that will let you in awe.

Included: Breakfast in the Hotel, Transportation, a Guided tour to Mixquic with a visit to the cemetery and UNAM in English, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City

Day 5 03 November

DEPARTURE

Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Airport Transfer

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