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Highlights
  • Follow the seas of flowers and flickering candles of cemetery vigils
  • Watch the painted faces and street dances during day of the dead parades
  • Enjoy beautiful colonial oaxaca in all its glory
  • Barter for macabre skeleton dolls at the local market

One of the great festivals of the world, the Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party. From candy skulls and colourful parades to family picnics in historic cemeteries, the Day of the Dead is a party like no other—and this tour is your backstage pass. If you’re culturally curious or slightly ghoulish, join us in Oaxaca—Mexico’s artistic heartland—for a truly different perspective of the country at its most exciting. And with incredible ruins and fantastic landscapes all around, you don’t need to be Wednesday Addams to get into the macabre spirit of this incredible celebration.

Trip Description
Mexico Day of the Dead in Oaxaca
 
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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Mexico Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

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Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail was my 2nd G Adventure. The first was a Costa Rica volunteer trip in 2007. I didn't know how I'd like group travel, but the first experience was exceptional and drew me back for the second. As an anthropologist, I really appreciate the emphasis on local accommodations and experiences. The small groups and mix of structured and unstructured time on the trips also suits me well. October 2015

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Seeing the Monarch butterfly Biosphere Reserves was a lifelong dream, as I have raised and studied Monarchs for 50 years and tagged them for 45 years. Of all the cathedrals I saw in Michoacán, El Rosario, El Capulin, and Sierra Chincua were by far the most awe-inspiring! The experience has only reinforced my commitment to continue advocacy for conservation of these magnificent creatures. Another feature of the tour I really enjoyed and appreciated was having retired anthropologist Miguel Nunez as a second cultural guide in Patzcuaro and Morelia! His walking tour of Morelia was a wonderful half-day, and his knowledge of and passion for the biodiversity of the natural resources in the area was fascinating and inspiring.
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The small group size max of 16 and the 3 different level of tours that g adventures offers October 2015

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I love Mexico, this tour was amazing with great experiences, fun activities and with some 1st like swiming in cenotes and waterfalls. we had a great group of people with lots of fun and laugher. So glad we started in Mexico city and ended up in Playa
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I had an amazing trip - loved every minute of it! September 2015

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I had an amazing time travelling around Mexico with G adventures. I loved getting off the beaten track and checking out more of the local culture. Our day checking out the cenotes was great fun as it was like we were all in our own private little swimming holes.
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we had a fabulous time, well organized and priced reasonably. September 2015

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Overall it was fantastic! Even with the amount of travel time it was well worth it and I would definitely recommend it to friends and family. The sights were great but also meeting the other travelers in our group was great. We made friends for future travel and ones that may come to visit our part of the world some day as well. I would definitely consider another G Adventure tour in our future travel plans.
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You have the flexibility to select your own tours at each town, while having the guidance of the experienced CEO. August 2015

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The trip was fantastic. We had a wonderful group and an experienced CEO who provided plenty of local knowledge and recommendations. I enjoyed the flexibility of selecting my own daily activities, and he balance between group and individual activities, dinners, etc. I feel like the tour was well described and lived up to the high expectations. I would travel with G Adventures again and will certainly recommend Mexico as a travel destination!
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Itinerary

Day 1 Oaxaca

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you will meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Monte Albán, a spectacular grouping of pre-hispanic (Zapotec) mountain-top temples, is just a short bus ride away, as is the Valley of Mitla with its ruins and colourful foot-loomed carpets. In addition, the Oaxaca region is home to a plethora of activities and celebrations focused around the Day of the Dead ("Dia de Los Muertos") festivities in Mexico. During this tour, you will experience many related events firsthand. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Days 2-6 Oaxaca

Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca with your Chief Experience Officer. Visit two massive markets located just off the zócalo (main square), where you'll find many local foods on sale alongside ornaments and Day of the Dead essentials for local families. 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, where they go 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 altars ('ofrendas') are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honoured on November 1, with adults being 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 to tequila's cousin, mezcal, and the group will also have the opportunity to visit a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work. Additional Notes: The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the CEO to make the best of our time based on events and activities on a day-by-day basis. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally. Included Activities: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations

Day 7 Oaxaca (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,099

Price Per Day:

$ 157 per person
 
Depending on the exchange rate departure tax is approximately $48 USD per person. This tax is sometimes included in the price of your ticket, contact your airline to confirm.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Arrival 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
  • Tour nearby artisan villages
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van, walking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, Avg 8.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Comfort hotels (6 nts).
Start City
Oaxaca
End City
Oaxaca
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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