Join us on this guided group tour to the heart of
Mexicoʼs Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca
for a unique and authentic Mexican experience.
Discover all there is to know about this Mexican
holiday. Immerse yourself in the celebration of Day
of the Dead in Oaxaca as its communities prepare to
joyfully invite their loved onesʼ spirits back to earth
with stunning displays and celebrations. Youʼll be
captivated by colorful altars, bustling local markets,
and vibrant festivities as you gain an intimate
understanding of this unique celebration that honors
and celebrates passed loved ones. AS OF JULY 6, 4
Ofrenda and Altar Exhibitions
Visit various exhibits, festival displays, and cemeteries
to understand the significance of Day of the Dead
elements such as the cempasuchil flower and the
colors and objects that adorn the altars
Tour this Colonial UNESCO World Heritage city, with
its cobbled streets and colonial structures and
Monte Albán and Mitla Archaeological Sites
Visit these sacred ceremonial sites and explore
Traditional Food and Drinks
Experience the art of mezcal production and savor
authentic “Pan de Muerto,” Bread of the Dead, a
special treat prepared only during the Día de los
Visit some of Oaxacaʼs indigenous towns where they
continue centuries-old traditions of handicrafts. Towns
may include Teotitlán del Valle, San Martín Tilcajete,
San Bartolo Coyotepec, and Santo Tomás Jalieza
Join families as they honor their loved ones graveside
Your 8 Day Itinerary
Arrival Day to Oaxaca
Upon arrival to the airport, meet your guide who
will be coordinating your transfer to the hotel Hotel
Quinta Real Oaxaca. Check-in to the lovely Quinta
Real Oaxaca, where you may relax and wander
this historical property or choose to stroll the city
streets before meeting your guide at for briefing
and welcome dinner at Casa Crespo.
Discovering Oaxaca: An Exploration of the
Your guide will meet the group at the hotel and
lead you through the colonial UNESCO World
Heritage city of Oaxaca. Walking its cobbled
streets, observing its vibrant squares, colonial
structures and numerous churches, you will learn
about Oaxacaʼs historical and cultural importance.
You will be guided through the central plaza
(Zócalo) to the largest central market of Oaxaca,
where you will learn about the different handicrafts
of Oaxaca before trying samples of foods such as
Oaxacan cheese and grasshoppers. Next, you will
head to the traditional chocolate mills to see how
they work and taste Oaxacaʼs specialty chocolate.
During the day, the group will have time for lunch
at a local restaurant to taste and sample some
sample specialty dishes of Oaxacaʼs rich cuisine.
In the evening guests will have free time to wander
in the city center or go back to the hotel.
Mezcal Tour and Mitla with
“Pan de Muerto” Bakery
This full-day experience will take the group on
an exploration of the art of mezcal production
and a journey into Mesoamerica at the ceremonial
site of Mitla. We will also stop at a bakery
for an overview of the traditional bread used
around the country in Day of the Dead celebrations.
Starting in Mitla, explore its tombs and intricate
mosaic work. Your journey then leads far away from
the regular tourist mezcal hotspots, where you
will meet real, quality producers of the
traditional liquor who will teach you about the
different distillation techniques used to make,
what locals refer to as the elixir of the gods.
Before heading back to Oaxaca, the group will
stop in a small pueblo famous for its production
of pan de muerto – a special bread only made
during the season of Dia de los Muertos. We will
visit one of the 20 bakeries in town and learn
what the shapes on the bread means and why it is
used so popularly throughout this holiday as
an offering to the deceased.
Observing Day of the Dead: Altar Offerings,
Market Visit, and Cemeteries’ at night
Prepare yourself for a long day full of new
experiences that will bring you closer to
understanding the history and intimacies
of the Day of the Dead.
The day begins with a visit the sprawling central
market of Oaxaca, covering several city blocks.
During the week of Day of the Dead, the market is
full of vibrant, seasonal offerings and you will
have a chance to see the locals hurrying to buy
fresh bread and marigolds, candles, incense, sugar
skeleton skulls, and more traditional altar
offerings for tonight’s observance. You will be
captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of the
bustling market in this unique experience of
getting to see how Oaxaca prepares for this
very special night.
After the market, our day continues towards the
local cemeteries to observe how typical “Altares
de Muertos” are made. You will learn the
significance behind each aspect of the altar,
such as what the levels, gifts, and offerings
represent, and the cultural beliefs between
the connection of life and death on this day.
Later this evening, once the sun has set, meet
again to continue with our highlight of the
day: the Observance of Day of Dead at night
First stop at San Miguel Cemetery, one of the
many sacred places in Oaxaca, for an inauguration
event where magic explodes in the form of ten
thousand candle flames, softly swirling and
beautifully illuminating 2,000 niches of the
cemetery. We will then continue towards the small
village of Xoxocotlan to meet a local family and
share dinner as special guests in their home. You
will have a chance to try the traditional tamales,
pan de muerto bread, and the special hot chocolate
that goes with it. After dinner, we will join the
family on their visit to the local Xoxocotlan
cemetery and help them decorate one of their
ancestors’ tombs. After midnight, you will witness
how the entire town gradually fills the cemetery
with flowers and candles, adorning the graves of
their loved ones and sitting patiently by the
tombstone all night waiting for their loved
Explore the Ancient Zapotec City of Monte Alban,
Villages for “Comparsas” & free night
Today, the group will visit Monte Alban, one of
the oldest cities of Mesoamerica, known for its
importance as a ceremonial center where more than
150 tombs have been found. A site of the Zapotecs
and the Mixtecs, it is still considered a sacred
site by shamans today. Explore the site with our
bilingual guide who will lead you around, explaining
what is known about Monte Alban and what still
remains a mystery.
After your visit, enjoy a traditional lunch in
Oaxaca’s north valley and then witness the famous
comparsas, a carnival-like event special to Dia de
los Muertos where locals dress up in colorful
costumes and parade through the streets.
We will walk with the locals for a while as we
admire this unique celebration.
Once we are back in Oaxaca City the rest of the
night and dinner will be at leisure.
Teotitlan with traditional lunch with local
family, Visit Cemetary & Evening at Leisure
Departing from Oaxaca late in the morning the
group will visit Teotitlán del Valle where Zapotec
traditions live on in contemporary form within
the woven goods. Visiting the town, whose church
lies on visible remains of a Zapotec temple, you
will meet a family of weavers and be shown how
the wool is processed and how they make a huge
variety of colors using natural dyes such as
cochineal, violet and pomegranate. You will also
be able to see how traditional Zapotec designs
and glyphs live on in their contemporary work.
Our experience will include a lunch and cooking
class hosted by an indigenous Oaxacan family to
their local dishes. We´ll not just observe our
friends working in the kitchen but also accompany
them as we learn how they cook with Nixtamal,
one of the most traditional ingredients for
making corn tortillas.
Afterward our experience with the family, we will
visit a cemetery to see some more Day of the Dead
traditions and how this indigenous town celebrates.
Back in Oaxaca enjoy rest of evening and dinner
on your own at leisure.
QUINTA REAL OAXACA
Located in the heart of Mexico, this exclusive
jewel of the Collection reflects the viceregal
splendor of New Spain. Quinta Real Oaxaca is found
in the city's central zone at 30 minutes' distance
from the Benito Juárez Airport and one block from
both the Santo Domingo Cultural Center and the
Tourist Walkway that houses the best galleries,
museums and handicraft stores.
Quinta Real Oaxaca is a magical place where you
can travel through an enormous amount of history
by means of its monuments, art, traditions and
Upon arrival to the airport, meet your guide
who will be coordinating your transfer to the
hotel Hotel Quinta Real Oaxaca. Check-in to the
lovely Quinta Real Oaxaca, where you may relax
and wander this historical property or choose
to stroll the city streets before meeting your
guide at for briefing and welcome dinner at
This trip is programmed as a group departure preset for up to 14 people from
October 28 to November 04, 2018. Programs and events may change slightly
according to the festival calendar released later in the year.
Prices start at $4,995 USD per person in double occupancy for this group tour. Does
not include air or travel insurance.
To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rani Cheema at + 1 212-340-0274.