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Day of the Dead Festival – Oaxaca, Mexico 7D6N

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28 Oct 2020 to 3rd Nov 2020

Both intriguing and unusual, the Day of the Dead festival (El Día de los Muertos) is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party.  It is a holiday in Mexico to honour and pray for loved ones who’ve departed. During this period in Oaxaca – centre-stage for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico – cemetery vigils and street parades are not to be missed.

Here is your backstage pass. Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico’s artistic heartland, for a seven-day adventure that gives a truly different perspective of the country. With street dances, painted faces, incredible ruins, picturesque landscapes all around, delicious flavours, and maybe a margarita or two, it’ll be easy to get into the macabre spirit of “Dia de los Muertos.”

This trip is a part of National Geographic Journeys, in partnership with G adventures.

When you travel on a National Geographic Journeys Tour, you not only support community projects and initiatives to improve local livelihoods – but you also support National Geographic’s researchers and explorers all over the world.

These aren’t just trips; National Geographic Journeys Tours are designed to foster human connections through immersive experiences.  You’ll enjoy access to projects supported by National Geographic or its affiliates.  And with upgraded accommodations, private transportation, and other intimate inclusions, you won’t sacrifice comfort when you’re roaming the planet.

Note:  A tour leader from TopLiners Club would follow the group if there are more 8 or more confirmed signups for this trip.  Otherwise, the participants will meet up with our assigned local guide at the hotel.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
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  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
    16
All about the Day of the Dead Festival – Oaxaca, Mexico 7D6N.

SIGNATURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take part in the Day of the Dead festival,
  • Explore Mexico’s artistic heartland
  • Experience the culinary delights and traditional cooking methods of this region
  • Visit the ruins of Monte Albán or Mitla

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Oaxaca Culinary Experience, Oaxaca
  • Arrival & Departure transfer
  • Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa
  • Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades
  • Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International air-tickets (return)
  • Meals not indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses: meals, drinks, telephone calls, room service, laundry, etc.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new and sudden increase of Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for tour leader, driver and staff on tours
  • All Other Services not mentioned above
  1. Day 1 28th Oct 2020

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Meals at own expenses.

  2. Day 2 (B) 29th Oct 2020

    Take an orientation walk through Oaxaca with your local guide to familiarize yourself with the city. Visit two massive markets located just off the “zócalo” (main square), here you’ll find many local foods, ornaments, and Day of the Dead essentials for local families.  Spend five days exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival. There is free time to explore, visit the nearby ruins of Monte Albán or Mitla, take a cooking class, or relax in a café on the city’s main square.

    This tour includes visits to cemeteries in both Xoxocotlan and Atzompa to view the altars and families gathering as dusk turns to dark. The many candles placed around the altars and graves add to the ambiance. In addition, you’ll view Day of the Dead parades in both Oaxaca and the Etla Valley. Participants in these parades dress in elaborate costumes and are serenaded by brass bands. Mezcal, served in small plastic cups, is frequently passed out to those watching the parades.

    Day of the Dead takes place between October 31 and November 2 and is a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Families will build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries, to be with the souls of the departed. It is believed that the souls will come back to visit and take part in the celebrations. Some of the “ofrendas” (altars) are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honoured on November 1. Adults are remembered on November 2. It is generally a festive rather than somber gathering.

    The Oaxaca area is well known for its many artisans who make everything from pottery, to elaborate weavings, and mezcal (tequila’s cousin). The group can also take an optional visit to a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work.

  3. Day 3 (B, L) 30th Oct 2020

    Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with this exclusive foodie experience. With our local host, visit the local market, the chocolate grinding mills and tortilla-making workshop. Then visit the home of a local family and taste an array of local cuisine, learn traditional cooking methods, and discuss the food culture in Oaxaca.There’s also free time to explore the city and its surroundings.

    An expert local guide will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

  4. Day 4 (B) 31st Oct 2020

    Continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and festivities of the famed Day of the Dead festival.

    An expert local guide will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    In your free time, you can choose to take on optional programs like experiencing Oaxaca’s other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city’s main square, we think there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

  5. Day 5 (B) 1st Nov 2020

    Continue exploring the culture, spirituality, and traditions of the famed Day of the Dead festival.

    An expert local guide will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    There would be lots of photographic inspirations including street, portraits, candids and festival photography opportunities.

  6. Day 6 (B) 2nd Nov 2020

    Enjoy your last full day of the Day of the Dead festival.

  7. Day 7 (B) 3rd Nov 2020

    The day is free at leisure until the transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

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