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Mexicos Day Of The Dead In Oaxaca

7 Days, Oaxaca to Oaxaca
Mexicos Day Of The Dead In Oaxaca

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One of the most unique festivals in the entire world, Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party, and here is your backstage pass. Join us in Oax read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 06 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (6 nts)).
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlan and Atzompa.
  • Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
  • Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca.
  • Oaxaca culinary experience and dinner.
  • Tour nearby artisan villages.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 265-345 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Oaxaca
Day 2 Oaxaca
Day 3 Oaxaca
Day 4 Oaxaca
Day 5 Oaxaca
Day 6 Oaxaca
Day 7 Depart Oaxaca
Departures
  • Oct
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Sat, 03 Nov '18
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Sat, 03 Nov '18
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Sat, 03 Nov '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Oaxaca
  • Oaxaca to Oaxaca Map
  • DAY 1 Oaxaca

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    El Dia de los Muertos 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.

    Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting. You will meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

    Private Vehicle
    Oaxaca - Xoxocotlan International Airport - Oaxaca
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Oaxaca

    Take an orientation walk of Oaxaca with your CEO to familiarize yourself with the city. 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 Alban or Mitla, take a cooking class, or relax in a cafe on the city's main square.

    Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca with your CEO. Visit two massive markets located just off the "zocalo" (main square), here you'll find many local foods, 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, 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 will also have the opportunity to visit a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work.

    The schedule for this tour is very flexible. It allows the CEO to make the best use of your time and is based on the events and activities of the day. The CEO will go over the schedule with you.

    Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations
    Oaxaca
    An expert CEO 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 Xoxocotlan and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Oaxaca
    In your free time, you can opt to experience 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.

    Optional Activities
    Monte Alban Tour

    Monte Alban 1h-3h
    15-25USD per person
    The Zapotec site of Monte Alban dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

    Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
    San Pablo Villa de Mitla
    The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning "Place of the Dead". Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

    The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

    Mole Cooking Class
    Oaxaca
    Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green - the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

    Mezcal Factory Tour
    Oaxaca
    The Valley of Oaxaca is renowned as the birthplace of mezcal. Not to be confused with tequila, this distilled liquor is made in small batches from a variety of species of agave (spiky green plants that look like the tops of pineapples). Sample different types, including white unaged mezcal (often sold with an agave larva inside), along with "reposado" and "anejo" (aged) batches. Grab a slice of orange that's coated in salt and mixed with chili and ground worms. Now, it's time to sip and enjoy. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Oaxaca

    Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with a local host, who will take us to the local market, the chocolate grinding mills, and a tortilla making workshop. Continue on to a local family's kitchen 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.

    The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the CEO to make the most of your time. The CEO will go over the schedule with you.

    Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations
    Oaxaca
    An expert CEO 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 Xoxocotlan and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    Oaxaca Culinary Experience
    Oaxaca
    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.

    Free Time
    Oaxaca
    In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca's other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, attend cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering mole of the area, or just relax in a cafe in the city's main square, we think there's something for everyone here.

    Optional Activities
    Monte Alban Tour

    Monte Alban 1h-3h
    15-25USD per person
    The Zapotec site of Monte Alban dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

    Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
    San Pablo Villa de Mitla
    The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning "Place of the Dead". Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

    The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

    Mole Cooking Class
    Oaxaca
    Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green - the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

    Mezcal Factory Tour
    Oaxaca
    The Valley of Oaxaca is renowned as the birthplace of mezcal. Not to be confused with tequila, this distilled liquor is made in small batches from a variety of species of agave (spiky green plants that look like the tops of pineapples). Sample different types, including white unaged mezcal (often sold with an agave larva inside), along with "reposado" and "anejo" (aged) batches. Grab a slice of orange that's coated in salt and mixed with chili and ground worms. Now, it's time to sip and enjoy. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Oaxaca

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

    The schedule for this tour is very flexible. It allows your CEO to make the most of your time in Mexico. The schedule is based around the events of the day. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally.

    Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations
    Oaxaca
    An expert CEO 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 Xoxocotlan and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    Free Time
    Oaxaca
    In your free time, you can opt to experience 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.

    Optional Activities
    Monte Alban Tour

    Monte Alban 1h-3h
    15-25USD per person
    The Zapotec site of Monte Alban dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

    Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
    San Pablo Villa de Mitla
    The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning "Place of the Dead". Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

    The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

    Mole Cooking Class
    Oaxaca
    Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green - the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

    Mezcal Factory Tour
    Oaxaca
    The Valley of Oaxaca is renowned as the birthplace of mezcal. Not to be confused with tequila, this distilled liquor is made in small batches from a variety of species of agave (spiky green plants that look like the tops of pineapples). Sample different types, including white unaged mezcal (often sold with an agave larva inside), along with "reposado" and "anejo" (aged) batches. Grab a slice of orange that's coated in salt and mixed with chili and ground worms. Now, it's time to sip and enjoy. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Oaxaca

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

    The schedule for this tour is very flexible. It allows for the CEO to make the most of your time in Mexico. The schedule is based around the events and activities of the day. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally.

    Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations
    Oaxaca
    An expert CEO 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 Xoxocotlan and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    Free Time
    Oaxaca
    In your free time, you can opt to experience 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.

    Optional Activities
    Monte Alban Tour

    Monte Alban 1h-3h
    15-25USD per person
    The Zapotec site of Monte Alban dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

    Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
    San Pablo Villa de Mitla
    The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning "Place of the Dead". Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

    The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

    Mole Cooking Class
    Oaxaca
    Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green - the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

    Mezcal Factory Tour
    Oaxaca
    The Valley of Oaxaca is renowned as the birthplace of mezcal. Not to be confused with tequila, this distilled liquor is made in small batches from a variety of species of agave (spiky green plants that look like the tops of pineapples). Sample different types, including white unaged mezcal (often sold with an agave larva inside), along with "reposado" and "anejo" (aged) batches. Grab a slice of orange that's coated in salt and mixed with chili and ground worms. Now, it's time to sip and enjoy. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Oaxaca

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

    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.

    Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebrations
    Oaxaca
    An expert CEO 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 Xoxocotlan and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.

    Free Time
    Oaxaca
    In your free time, you can opt to experience 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.

    Optional Activities
    Monte Alban Tour

    Monte Alban 1h-3h
    15-25USD per person
    The Zapotec site of Monte Alban dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

    Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
    San Pablo Villa de Mitla
    The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning “Place of the Dead”. Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

    The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

    Mole Cooking Class
    Oaxaca
    Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green – the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

    Mezcal Factory Tour
    Oaxaca
    The Valley of Oaxaca is renowned as the birthplace of mezcal. Not to be confused with tequila, this distilled liquor is made in small batches from a variety of species of agave (spiky green plants that look like the tops of pineapples). Sample different types, including white unaged mezcal (often sold with an agave larva inside), along with “reposado” and “anejo” (aged) batches. Grab a slice of orange that's coated in salt and mixed with chili and ground worms. Now, it’s time to sip and enjoy. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Depart Oaxaca

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 265-345 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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