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We will start our trip in Mexico City, a place full of history, art and culture. Then we will head to the state of Oaxaca, home of the Guelaguetza, one of the largest cultural festivals in the world.
The “Alumbrada” is the nightly tribute to the departed with food, music and candles, usually held only once per year, either November 1st or 2nd. We will participate to the “Alumbrada” in Mexico City and the one in Morelia, observing how they are celebrated differently. The “Alumbrada” in Morelia is celebrated on November 1st, while on November 2nd the celebration takes place in Mixquic, just outside of Mexico City. We will have 3 days in Morelia and 3 days in Mexico City, including tours around the theme of the Day of the Dead. Check out our itinerary!
This is be an intense experience. If you are looking to make the most of this celebration, this is definitely the option for you.
We will meet at 7:00 am in front of Cerveceria del Barrio (Calle de Durango 192, Roma Nte., Mexico City) to avoid the traffic of Mexico City. You can sleep a little longer until our first stop to have breakfast on the way.
We will check in at the hotel and begin with a tour of the beautiful colonial historic center of Morelia.
Going to Janitzio Island on the Day of the Dead is what everyone does but not us! We will go there the day before, when the island is already decorated but less crowded.
Besides the island we will take a walk through the beautiful town of Patzcuaro in the afternoon to get ready for the big day…
Today is the big day! We will start the day with some workshops and explanations of the traditional offerings that we Mexicans leave to our ancestors. We will walk around the lake going from town to town, visiting also the town where the granny that was the inspiration for Coco, Miguel’s great grandmother in the Disney animated movie, used to live. Finally, we will arrive at night at one of the largest and most important cemeteries, the Tzintzuntzan cementery. We will enjoy the cementery by candlelight. Today the doors to the Afterworld are opened, and our deceased ancestors come to visit us. We will wait for them with incense, candles and food, since they are tired from the trip.
This day will be intense, as we return to Mexico City early in the morning to check in, take a short break and go to our second “Alumbrada” at the Mixquic cemetery. This day is a festival day in Mixquic. Food, drinks and musicians will make of this a day of celebration and a unique moment of celebrating Death.
If you have someone who is no longer in this world and you want to pay a tribute to him or her, this is the day to do it. If you don’t know how to do it, we will have something prepared for you.
We will start with a more leisurely tour of Coyoacan, the home of Frida Kahlo, known for its colorful markets and street art. We will close the day with a tour of the floating gardens of Xochimilco, that will be decorated for the Day of the Dead. A performance designed especially for us will be the perfect occasion to conclude our experience.
This is the last day of our experience. Breakfast is included at the hotel. If you would like to reserve extra days please check availability. Hope to see you again!
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