- Learn about the cultural importance of Day of the Dead
- Be immersed in the rich traditions and cultures of UNESCO Oaxaca
- Witness devoted families honour their beloved deceased with prayers, music, flowers, and candles
- Observe Compararas a carnival-like day of colourful costumes and street parades
- Discover archaeological sites and take part in a cooking class
Discover the colourful Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead, locally know as 'Día de los Muertos', in Oaxaca, experience the beliefs and traditions of life after death. Learn about this often-misunderstood holiday in Mexico and explore Oaxaca as the community prepares to welcome the spirits of their loved ones back to earth. Be dazzled by the colourful and vibrant altars and explore the local markets to learn about the significance behind the traditional elements used to honour spirits of the deceased.
Despite the rather ghoulish connotations and costumes, Day of the Dead is actually a celebration of life and it is an important event in the Mexican calendar. This group tour is a great way to witness this elaborate and colourful festival in some of the most traditional towns in Mexico.
WHAT IS THE DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL?
Often confused with Halloween, El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to remember friends and family who have died. In addition to the catholic holidays, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the indigenous communities of Latin America believe that at midnight on the 31st October, the Gates of Heaven open for 24hrs to allow the deceased to reunite with their families. On the 1st November, the ‘angelitos’ (children) are released and on the 2nd the adults come down to join in the festivities.
It's not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colourful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. They also make elaborately decorated altars (called ofrendas) in their homes to welcome the spirits.
Because of its importance as a defining aspect of Mexican culture and the unique aspects of the celebration which have been passed down through generations, Mexico's indigenous festival dedicated to the dead was recognized by UNESCO as part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2008.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
This Mexico group tour takes place to coincide with the Day of the Dead festivities and truly immerses guests into one of the world's more colourful and cultural festivals.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMODATION LIKE IN MEXICO?
Accommodation in Mexico varies, from larger chain hotels to smaller boutique haciendas. During this tour the group will be based at the centrally located, Hotel Quinta Real Oaxaca. This beautiful property is set in the grounds of the 16th Century Santa Catalina nunnery, with inner courtyards and thick stone brickwork, the hotel has a tranquil, otherworldly feel.
WHAT IS FOOD LIKE IN MEXICO?
The tasty and unique Mexican cuisine is a top favourite all around the world. And there is so much more to discover than burritos, guacamole and salsa. During Day of the Dead, Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread) is served, this is a round, sweet bread that is topped with sugar or sesame seeds. Mexico is known for its tequila, which is made from agave cactus that is well suited to the climate of central Mexico.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO JOIN THIS TOUR?
You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks involved but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.