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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 Day of the Dead, or “Día de los Muertos” in Spanish, is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals in Mexico, including Mexico City. It is a vibrant and colorful event that takes place annually on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The Day of the Dead is a unique blend of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholicism, creating a rich cultural celebration that honors and remembers deceased loved ones. It is believed that during these days, the spirits of the departed return to the earthly realm to reunite with their families, and the living create altars and offerings to welcome and honor them.
In Mexico City, the festivities are particularly lively and diverse, with numerous events and activities taking place throughout the city.
Overall, the Day of the Dead in Mexico City is a time of remembrance, celebration, and reflection. It is an opportunity for families and communities to come together, honor their deceased loved ones, and embrace the cycle of life and death. The city is filled with vibrant colors, music, and the scent of marigold flowers, creating an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike
Welcome to Mexico City, we will take care of taking you from the airport to your hotel, where you will be able to settle in and rest because tomorrow the adventure begins.
8:00 am – Meet your guide at your hotel in Mexico City and start your journey to Xochimilco.
9:00 am – Arrive at Xochimilco and take a boat tour on the Trajineras (traditional colorful boats). Enjoy the lively atmosphere, traditional music, and food while learning about the history and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
11:00 am – Leave Xochimilco and head to Milpa Alta Cemetery, which is located about 30 minutes away by car. This cemetery is known for its stunning Day of the Dead altars and decorations, and you will have the opportunity to observe the locals as they prepare for the festivities.
12:30 pm – Have lunch in Milpa Alta and try some traditional Mexican dishes like mole or pozole.
2:00 pm – Depart Milpa Alta and head to Mixquic, which is approximately an hour away by car.
3:00 pm – Arrive in Mixquic, a small town known for its elaborate Day of the Dead celebrations. Take a walk around the town and explore the beautiful altars and decorations, and visit the local cemetery, where families come to honor their deceased loved ones.
6:00 pm – Enjoy a traditional Day of the Dead dinner with your guide in Mixquic, featuring dishes like tamales and pan de muerto.
8:00 pm – Depart Mixquic and return to Mexico City.
10:00 pm – Drop off at Zocalo in Mexico City, concluding the tour.
Note: the schedule may vary depending on the modification of routes due to local celebrations.
This day we will go to the most visited museum in the whole country, “la casa azul” of Frida Kahlo. you will notice that due to the festivities of the day of the dead the decoration of the house and the neighborhood of coyoacán will be unique and according to the season.
Later we will have lunch in downtown coyoacan, walking through its colonial streets and picturesque parks, we will have lunch at the traditional day of the dead carnival that takes place in coyoacan year after year.
The Megaofrenda takes place at the Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) within the CU campus. It is a massive communal altar that is created each year to honor and remember the deceased. The altar is designed around a specific theme that changes annually, often focusing on prominent figures from Mexican history, art, or culture.
This day will begin in the morning with a tour of the Zocalo of Mexico City, where we will see the main points of interest such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the main temple, the house of tiles, the post office and the Palace of Fine Arts, among others.
We will also be able to witness the famous parade of Catrinas and Alebrijes of the Day of the Dead (still subject to government confirmation).
This is the end of our trip, but as in the Day of the Dead, it is only a new beginning, we will take you from the hotel to the airport to say “Adiós”, until next year.
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Frequently asked questions and answers:
The “Noche de Muertos” is a vibrant celebration in Oaxaca that honors the Day of the Dead. It is a night filled with colorful altars, cemetery visits, lively parades, and cultural festivities.
During the Day of the Dead you can expect to see elaborately decorated altars in homes and cemeteries, illuminated graveyards filled with candles and marigolds, lively parades on the streets, traditional music, and performances that celebrate the cycle of life and death.
As part of the tour, you will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiences. You can create your own altar, participate in workshops to learn traditional crafts like sugar skull decoration or paper marigold making, and even join the comparsas in traditional attire.
Yes, the tour includes visits to cemeteries where you can witness the heartfelt remembrance and celebration of the departed. You will have the chance to see families gathered around elaborately adorned graves, sharing stories, lighting candles, and leaving offerings for their loved ones.
Altars, or ofrendas, play a vital role in the “Noche de Muertos” celebration. They are created to welcome and honor the spirits of the departed. Altars are adorned with photographs, candles, flowers, favorite foods, and personal mementos, symbolizing the connection between the living and the deceased.
Absolutely! The tour provides opportunities to engage with local communities and artisans who are actively involved in the Day of the Dead activities. You can learn from them, participate in workshops, and gain insights into their cultural traditions and practices.
Yes, you will have the chance to savor traditional Day of the Dead dishes such as tamales, mole, and pan de muerto (sweet bread). Local markets and restaurants offer a variety of culinary delights associated with the celebration.
While the focus of the tour is on the Day of the Dead celebrations, there may be opportunities to explore other attractions in the city during free time, such as visiting museums, markets, or taking day trips to nearby places.
It is recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings, and a camera to capture the vibrant atmosphere. Additionally, wearing respectful attire is advised, as you will be visiting cemeteries and participating in cultural activities.