*2015 Trip Full
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015
* Mexico’s most unique and touching festival
* savour delicious foods in this cornucopia fiesta
* Immerse yourself in markets full of marigolds and Muertos Bread.
* Wander through graveyards glowing with candle light, flowers and humanity
* Get pulled into the pulse of excitement at all night masquerades
* Create a Day of the Dead altar
Our special edition, three-day Day of the Dead tour is an exceptional immersion into Oaxacan culture through the festivities of Dia de los Muertos. This is the most colorful and fascinating time to be in Oaxaca. And whether you've been here before or this is your first time, our tour will open your eyes to the diversity of Oaxaca's celebration of Day of the Dead.
The central valleys of Oaxaca are composed of three valleys and on each of our three days we visit a different valley, seeing what is unique to that valley and getting a deeper and broader sense of what Oaxaca and Day of the Dead is really about.
We'll eat delicious food, see Zapotec altars, lose ourselves in a market full of marigolds, wander through candle lit graveyards and get pulled into the pulse of humanity at all night masquerades. From the festive graveyards filled with Day of the Dead revellers, to solemn small town graveyards where the humble, old ways persist, we'll experience this unique and touching fiesta where remembering departed loved ones and the blessings and pleasures of being alive are at the very center of the ceremonies.
B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner included in trip cost
Day 1, FOOD AND ALTARS.
The valley of Tlacolula. (L)
We immerse ourselves in the Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle. Teotitlan is famous for tapestry weaving (over 4,000 weavers in the village) and delicious, traditional Oaxacan cuisine. We'll begin in the small but lively daily morning market in the village center. Then a visit to the white washed church of 13 altars, the homes of weavers, a candle maker and a stop for lunch in a Zapotec household to try some of this towns excellent food. In each home we'll see the altars for the ancestors coming into shape as well as enjoying peeks behind the walls of a Oaxacan village.
Evening in Oaxaca.
Day 2, MARKETS, FLOWERS AND THE SOUL'S RETURN.
The valley of Ocotlan. (L)
Into the Ocotlan valley, a region rich with life, culture and traditional arts. We'll explore the town market, sure to be brimming with marigolds and cockscomb, chocolate and fresh tortillas for sale. We'll stop in to visit Jose Garcia Antonio, a potter who creates almost life size clay figures. Jose went blind 11 years ago, but continues to sculpt, seeing with his hands. We'll also visit the Santa Ana Zegache church restoration project with its façade of masonry flowers, for this is most certainly the most colorful church in Oaxaca. As we travel we'll stop in at the graveyards of Ocotlan and Zagache to see how things are shaping up. In the afternoon we return to Oaxaca. Rest, find some dinner and charge your batteries. Tonight we'll be out late visiting graveyards filled with glowing candles, orange flowers, the voices of the living and the souls of the departed.
Evening in Oaxaca City
Day 3, HALLOWEEN BALL, MARDI GRAS AND DAY OF THE DEAD.
The Etla Valley. (D)
Having stayed out late last night, we'll start late today. Be sure to get some rest because we have long and interesting afternoon and evening ahead of us. We head into the Etla valley and visit villages famous for their comparsas, which are masquerades reminiscent of Mardi Gras. We'll visit several village comparsas, flowing with the masked dancers, brass bands, fireworks and crowds through the streets. Tonight, a mix of an all village, over the top Halloween ball, Mardi Gras and Day of the Dead is a uniquely and unforgettable Oaxacan experience. As we travel from one town to the next, one ball to the next, we'll also visit a graveyard or two. The parties go all night long. We'll head home a bit earlier than that.
End of the Journey.
Date: Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Where: Oaxaca City & Central Valleys
Departing and Ending point: Oaxaca City
Cost without Lodging: 6-16 guests $535 usd per person, 3-5 guests $715 usd per person
Cost with Lodging: 6-16 guests $595 usd per person, 3-5 guests $795 usd per person
Single Supplement $80 usd
* Two nights lodging based on double occupancy
* 3 Meals (listed on itinerary Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
* 2 Superb Guides
* Transport in private van
* Entry fees
* LODGING BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRIP
* Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
* Personal items purchased during the trip
* Alcoholic beverages
* Some meals are not included. On these trips, Traditions Mexico invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
* Gratuities for your Traditional Mexico Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.
* Room Service
* Travel Visa Fees
You will have a choice to either mail in your payment by check or pay online by credit card.
A deposit of $450 per person is required to reserve space on this trip.
Final payment is due 90 days before departure. Any registrations made within 90 days of tour date must be paid in full at time of registration.
After we've received your payment, you will receive a confirmation email along with information specific to your trip.
You may register up to 15 days before the trip, but please don't hesitate; trips often fill up quickly.