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The Day of the Dead is one of the most celebrated celebrations in Mexico. Families and friends gather to honor their dead loved ones. During this exclusive program, which can only be done once a year, you will have the great experience of living the Day of the Dead traditions. Enjoy the typical smells, flavors, and rituals.
At the same time, you learn about the fascinating details of one of the most colorful traditions in Mexico. During your visit, you will visit the most cultural and traditionalist city of Mexico, Oaxaca, where you will get to know the most colorful side of death.
Welcome to Mexico! At the airport of Oaxaca, meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most colorful colonial towns and is listed as World Heritage. It is also famous for its many indigenous traditions, reflected in its beautiful crafts and typical gastronomy.
After check-in to your hotel, we will have a guided visit to the historic center of Oaxaca. Here, you will explore the beauty of this city, with sights such as the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church, the Museum of Gold, and the colorful “20 de Noviembre” market.
Get ready to discover some of the best places in the state of Oaxaca. Start with a visit to the small town of Teotitlán del Valle, famous for its handmade textiles. In a workshop, local weavers explain to you how they have made their rugs, scarves, and other textiles for centuries.
From there, we will visit Mitla, which was the Zapotec ceremonial center and the residence of holy men. Its ornate constructions with wonderful mosaics characterize Mitla.
The next stop today will be Hierve del Agua (If Open). Here you will have the opportunity to observe the petrified waterfalls and take a refreshing dip in the mineral waters while enjoying the view of an unbeatable landscape. An unforgettable experience!
We will visit the world’s largest and probably oldest living being on our way back to Oaxaca. The gigantic Sabine is known as “the Tule tree.” It measures 40 meters, has a diameter of 52.58 meters, weighs 509 tons, and is approximately 2000 years old.
Included: Breakfast and Lunch
This morning, we will visit Monte Alban, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people and spectacularly situated on a mountain 400 meters above the Oaxaca Valley. The mountaintop was leveled to create the ceremonial site in a triumph of engineering. The visit includes the museum and the Archeological Site, the Main Square, Ball Game, the Observatory, and the Dancers Building. We visit Monte Alban first since it is a trendy Archeological zone and gets hot in the afternoon. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to meet two villages full of famous Oaxacan craftsmanship. The first stop will be in Coyotepec, famous for its production of black pottery. Later, we will go to the village of Arrazola, where we will visit a handicraft workshop to see how the famous “Alebrijes” (fantastic cardboard animals) are made.
Tonight is an excursion to the cemeteries. Admire this Mexican tradition, where families gather around the graves of their loved ones and decorate them with their favorite food and flowers. Hopefully awaiting the arrival of their souls to share this night with them. On this tour, you will visit two villages and their cemeteries.
Today you will learn about the famous liquor of Oaxaca – the Mezcal. But before we visit the archeological zone Yagul. Located on a steep hill, it became the center of the culture and civilization after the decline of Monte Alban. One of the most exciting aspects of Yagul is mural painting on the floors and walls of its structures. From here we will visit the Mezcaleria Los Amantes. This distillery is one of a kind as you can actively follow the production process of Mezcal. It starts with the different agave plants until the finished drink. And, of course, you cannot miss a Mezcal tasting at the end!
Upon return to Oaxaca, free time stroll around the markets and observe the preparations for the Night of the Dead tomorrow. In the evening, you will witness the Day of the Dead celebrations with a parade in a nearby town. Here the locals dress up to primarily represent different famous people from their community. The most important costume is the “Resurrector,” which carries a black coat with mirrors representing the light of life. They dance and walk around town all night.
In the morning, you can attend the different events organized by the government throughout the whole city. Why don’t you visit the exhibition of the bread of death, the grinders to prepare the chocolate or visit a factory where they make chocolate? In the evening, we will depart to Xococotlán. This village is located about 45 minutes from the city and is known for its stunning altar decorations and festivities. We will visit the Pantheon, altars, and flower carpets.
Today is your farewell to Mexico. At proper pick-up and transfer to the airport to check-in, your flight is bound back home. We hope to see you again soon to witness some more Mexican traditions and fiestas!