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Mexico Day of the Dead Encounters

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This 9-day trip falls over Halloween weekend and includes some tailor-made trips to see some Day of the Dead celebrations. Visit Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City, the best destinations for experiencing el Dia de Los Muertos in all of Mexico. A cultural extravaganza that is sure to check a box on any travelers bucket list.
Tour itinerary includes
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Local population
    Local population
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Arts and crafts
    Arts and crafts

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Oaxaca!

Arrive in the capital of the state of Oaxaca and spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city. Meet your transfer at the airport who will take you to your hotel to check-in and then give you a quick tour of the highlights of Oaxaca city. Visit the Santo Domino Cathedral, the Zocalo and the house of Benito Juarez, ex president of Mexico. Relax in the evening and try some of the best Oaxacan food in the region.

Visited:
Oaxaca
Accommodation
Hotel Casa de la Tía Tere (Oaxaca)

Day 2: Take in Panoramic Views of Oaxaca

Visit the prestigious Zapotec site of Monte Alban. Once the ruling city of Oaxaca's central valley, it sits 2000 meters above sea level. Here, you will find remains of palaces, temples, an observatory and a ball court, all with incredible views over valleys and mountains. After, embrace the spirit of Halloween at the archeological site of Mitla, "place of the dead" in the Zapotec language. At this time of year, the town of Mitla transforms into a gateway for the dead and the streets are lined with colorful alters to guide the way. Return to Oaxaca in the evening.

Visited:
Oaxaca
Accommodation
Hotel Casa de la Tía Tere (Oaxaca)

Day 3: Soak in some Oaxaca Culture

Spend the day at leisure exploring the city of Oaxaca. The city will be starting to prepare for Dia de los Muertos celebrations so you will see colorful flags and murals appearing all over. Take some time to explore the artisanal markets, wander around the many streets and plazas and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a parade or two, honoring the deceased.

Visited:
Oaxaca
Accommodation
Hotel Casa de la Tía Tere (Oaxaca)

Day 4: Journey to Puebla

Today, travel from Oaxaca to the city of Puebla, capital of the region with the same name. Puebla was the first city to be built in Mexico after the arrival of the Spanish in 1531. Now, this city is a world heritage site and is a combination of European colonial architecture and American influence. It’s here that you can find some of the greatest gastronomy in the country. Spend you afternoon exploring the historical centre and sampling some of the local delicacies - we recommend mole and chiles en nogada!

Visited:
Oaxaca, Puebla
Accommodation
Hotel Palacio San Leonardo (Puebla)

Day 5: The volcano of Cholula & Oldest City in America

Continue your journey towards Cholula, a village at the foothills of Volcano Popocatépetl. Climb hundreds of stairs to reach the top of the famous Great Pyramid. Here you can take in the views of the incredible volcano which acts as a perfectly picturesque backdrop to the church which sits atop the pyramid. This majestic colonial Church was built under the orders of Hernán Cortés at the arrival of the Spanish to put an end to the indigenous supremacy. Arrive in Mexico City in the evening.

Visited:
CholulaMexico City
Accommodation
Hotel Punto MX (Mexico City)

Day 6: Take a Tour of Mexico City

Enjoy a guided tour of this incredible city. Begin in the Zocalo square, the beating heart of Mexico’s capital. At this time of the year, this square is filled with painted skeletons and colorful sculptures, all dedicated to welcoming back the deceased. Visit the Palacio Nacional, the Templo Mayor and the ancient Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. In the afternoon, you will visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the best museums in the country! Finish your day with a wander around the park of Chapultapec. Rest after a long day at your hotel.

Visited:
Mexico City
Accommodation
Hotel Punto MX (Mexico City)

Day 7: Experience Day of the Dead Celebrations in the Heart of Mexico​

It’s the 2nd of November, the day when souls return from beyond the grave. Have lunch on a boat on the Xochimilco Lake where you can appreciate the festive colors and flavors of Mexico at this special time of year. At night, head to San Andrés Mixquic, one of the birthplaces of the celebrations that traditionally last 3 days. See the Calaveras festival as well as various concerts, dances and speeches. In the evening, families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves with flowers and candles to illuminate the path so the deceased can find their way through the darkness. Prayers and flickering lights fill the cemetery and the villagers share a feast on the graves, dance and sing.

Visited:
Mexico City
Accommodation
Hotel Punto MX (Mexico City)

Day 8: Be Amazed by the Temples of Teotihuacan

Depart for a visit of the surroundings of Mexico City. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the 17th century. It is the most important religious site of Latin America and a major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics from all over the world. Head to the archeological site of Teotihuacan with the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the Temple of the Feathered Snails and the Palace of the Jaguars.

Visited:
Mexico City
Accommodation
Hotel Punto MX (Mexico City)

Day 9: Hasta Luego Mexico

It's time to say goodbye to Mexico as your journey through the heart of the country has come to an end. We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the Dia de los Muertos celebrations across the different cities and learning about this exceptional part of Mexico culture. Depart from your hotel with more than enough time to get to the airport. Have a safe flight home! We’ll see you again soon!

Visited:
Mexico City

Oaxaca Puebla Cholula Mexico City Mexico City

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,310 / 9 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax4 Pax6 Pax
Price per person$1,910$1,280$1,090

Included in price:

  • Airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation in double rooms in 3 and 4* hotels
  • Breakfast in hotels
  • Lunch when stated
  • Private transport with driver in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance to sites and English-speaking guides at sites

Not included in price:

  • Additional meals and beverages (unless otherwise stated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Insurance
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