Mexico's Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 7 Days | Round-trip Oaxaca
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Both intriguing and unusual, the Day of the Dead festival is a celebration of ancestors as well as a huge party, and 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.”

Trip Highlights

    • Celebrate the Day of the Dead at street parades, and gather at cemeteries for twilight vigils.
    • Sample the gastronomic delights of Oaxaca on a food tour through Mexico’s culinary capital.
    • Venture out to nearby villages to visit artisans and see traditional Oaxacan handicrafts.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Oaxaca

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Oaxaca

Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca to get acquainted with the city. Visit the two large markets located just off the main square—perfect for finding local foods and handicrafts, as well as Day of the Dead decorations and supplies. During your time in Oaxaca, you’ll also have several opportunities to travel to nearby villages to meet local artisans and vendors, watching them make pottery, woven textiles, and more. (1B)

Day 3 — Oaxaca

Delve into the cuisine of Oaxaca—Mexico’s food capital—on a city culinary tour. Alongside a local host, tour a market and chocolate-grinding mill; take part in a tortilla-making workshop; and visit a family home to discuss the city food culture, learn traditional cooking methods, and taste an array of Oaxacan dishes. Opt to learn the secrets of making mole sauce in a cooking class, or tour of a facility used to make mescal—the cousin of tequila. (1B, 1L)

Days 4, 5, & 6 — Day of the Dead

Discover the culture, spirituality, and celebrations of the famed Day of the Dead festival. As the festivities begin, see parades in Oaxaca and Etla Valley. Visit cemeteries in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán and Santa Maria Atzompa to observe families gathering at dusk, and take part in their candlelight vigils. Enjoy plenty of free time for independent discovery of the city during the celebrations. You may also opt to see the ancient Zapotec ruins at the nearby archaeological sites of Monte Albán or Mitla. (3B)

Day 7 — Oaxaca

Depart at any time. (1B)

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  • Oct 28 - Nov 03, 2018
  • Oct 28 - Nov 03, 2019

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $899

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in and around Oaxaca are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (6 nights)

Meals Included
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch. Allow an additional $265-345 for meals not included.

Private van

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.