Celebrate one of Mexico’s most intriguing—and unusual—festivals in the eclectic city of Oaxaca, where indigenous culture holds strong. During Day of the Dead, which takes place at the end of October and early November each year, pre-Hispanic traditions honoring the departed merge with Catholic feasts to create a truly unique holiday. Delve into the bizarre and beautiful spirit of Día de los Muertos, witnessing spectacular street dances, costumes, and altars while discovering the picturesque landscapes and mouthwatering flavors of Oaxaca.
Take part in the Day of the Dead festival, explore Mexico's artistic heartland, experience the culinary delights and traditional cooking methods of this region, visit the ruins of Monte Albán or Mitla
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Oaxaca Culinary Experience, Oaxaca.
Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the small surrounding towns.
Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Basic Beverages - Stay hydrated with still and sparkling water, non-pressed juices, sodas, teas and even drip coffee.
Day 1 Oaxaca
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 Oaxaca
Take an orientation walk through Oaxaca, known for its colorful crafts, unique cuisine, and vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations. During our walk, we’ll visit two bustling markets selling local foods, ornaments, and many Day of the Dead essentials. Over the course of the week, immerse yourself in the festival’s theatrical parades, watching people dressed in elaborate costumes march to the tune of brass bands; and observe local families gathering at candle-lit altars and graves on visits to the city’s cemeteries. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 Oaxaca
Set out to explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with a local host. Learn how chocolate is produced at a grinding mill, and flip your own tortillas at a tortilla-making workshop. Continue to a local family's kitchen to taste an array of delicious Oaxacan dishes and chat with your hosts about traditional cooking methods and Oaxacan food culture. You’ll also have free time to explore the city and its surroundings. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Oaxaca
Spend the day experiencing Oaxaca’s Day of the Dead festivities. Attend atmospheric vigils, photograph the boisterous parades, and learn about the spiritual significance of the holiday’s rituals. Opt to travel to Hierve del Agua. This stunning natural formation of mineral pools near the edge of a cliff. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 Oaxaca
Continue exploring the captivating culture of the Day of the Dead. In your free time, choose to head to the nearby ruins of Mitla for a guided tour. One of Mexico’s best known archaeological sites, it is believed that Mitla was founded as a Zapotec burial ground. Or, wander among the plazas and pyramids of the Monte Albán ruins, a Zapotec site dating to the eighth century BC. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 Oaxaca
Enjoy the last of the Day of the Dead festivities. You may also opt to visit a nearby artisan community for a look at Oaxaca’s renowned traditional crafts, including pottery and handwoven textiles. Alternatively, learn how to prepare mole, the flavorsome Mexican sauce that comprises a famously inexhaustible list of ingredients. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7 Oaxaca
Depart at any time. Meals included: Breakfast
Price Per Couple (Based on double occupancy)
Double Occupancy Room
$1999 per person (early booking rate goes up to $2100 after Jan 1)
Single Occupancy (4 available)
$2100 per person (early booking rate goes up to $2700 after Jan 1)
*Rates are subject to change and subject to availability.
$2100 per person for double occupancy room or $2700 for Single Occupancy (*Rates are subject to change and subject to availability. **Rates do not include gratuities for drivers and tipping the tour guides.)
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.
Rates are priced based upon double occupancy rooms. If you are a solo traveler, and select a double occupancy rate, you will be paired in a room with another solo traveler and charged the double occupancy rate unless you request your own room for an additional cost.
Price does not include flights or transfers to and from the airport in Oaxaca.
Deposits $400 per person. Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.
Travel Insurance is not included but required in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of $200,000 is required. Good Life Travel by Danielle will recommend a comprehensive AIG Travel insurance plan or a Chubb Insurance plan. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Pre or Post tour hotel nights in Oaxaca are not included. Contact our travel agent, Danielle, if you would like to add hotel nights to your package.
Please be aware that properties we stay in with only two stories may not have elevators installed and climbing the stairs with your luggage will be necessary.
Deposits are $400 per person.The deposit will be processed for the minimum amount required to secure the booking unless otherwise indicated by the traveler. Naturally, you can give us a call with any questions. Additional payments can be made at any time prior to the final payment deadline.
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