Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico

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Visit Mexico during the Day of the Dead Celebration (Día de Muertos) to experience this colorful, intimate holiday of love, loss, and life after death.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. The traditions vary widely throughout the different regions of Mexico and on this 9 day sample tour, we’ve highlighted three different regions in Mexico to  including Mexico City, Michoacan, and San Miguel de Allende. In addition to experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells of Day of the Dead, the itinerary is intertwined with each of the cities most important highlights and off the beaten path experiences.

Highlights

Ofrenda and Altar Exhibitions – Visit various exhibitions, festival displays, and cemeteries to understand the significance of Day of the Dead elements such as the cempasuchil flower, colors, objects that adorn the alter and more

San Miguel de Allende – This UNESCO World Heritage City comes alive during Dia de los Muertos  with a special market to shop for decorations among stalls of sugar skulls, miniature coffins, skeleton puppets and the familiar skeleton masks and figures, known as calacas.

La Calaca Festival – San Miguel Allende annually celebrates The Calaca Festival hosting various artistic and cultural events for children and adults

Morelia and Its Magical Villages – Visit UNESCO World Heritage City  of Morelia and discover off the beaten path villages such as Santa Clara del Cobre, Tzintzuntzan, and Patzcuaro which feature local Purepecha communities with traditional food and customs

Mexico City – Visit historical places such as the Zócalo, National Anthropology Museum, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacan to learn about life and death duality’s importance

 

Dates & Prices

Dates

This trip can be customized for a private journey surrounding the dates of November 1st and 2nd. Programs and events subject to change according to festival calendar.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Customizable Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Mexico – San Miguel Allende Tour and La Calaca Festival
Today you will be met by your representative at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel. After settling in, you will meet your guide to enjoy a privately guided walking tour of San Miguel to visit the most important attractions and some hidden treasures.

At night  La Calaca Festival offers the “Last Dance at San Miguel Playhouse”
The Last Dance is a playwright by Sky Yeager and  is a work of art set in a place of passage where countless souls cross over; it is a beautiful, visceral collaboration between local artists and world-class performers.  Overnight: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

Day 2

Day of the Dead Exhibition of Arts and Altars – La Calaca Festival
Today you will  visit Fabrica La Aurora, a beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory that dates to the turn-of-the century. The Fabrica La Aurora is home to over forty galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants where you will also find artists busy at work in their studios.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy the “Altares y Arte de Oaxaca at Casa de la Cuesta” exhibition – a display of traditional, Oaxacan Day of the Dead altars designed by Zapotec artists: Jacobo Mendoza and Blanca Gomez honoring one of Oaxaca’s most illustrious weavers in addition to a family member.

At night you can choose to attend the La Calaca Festival dancing show at Teatro Ángela Peralta.  Overnight: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

Day 3

Transfer Day to Morelia (2:30 hr)
Overnight: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique or Villa Montaña

Day 4

Day of the Dead Full Day Experience in Michoacan
Today you’ll njoy a full day excursion including: city tour, visit Magical Towns of Santa Clara del Cobre & Pátzcuaro, free time at handcraft market & exhibition, concert “Mozart´s Requiem” by the local philharmonic orchestra, and cemetery visits at night including Arocutin, Cucuchucho, Ihuatzio & Tzurumutaro. Overnight: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique or Villa Montaña

Day 5

Magic Hands and Indigenous Family Dia de los Muertos Traditions
In the afternoon,  meet your guide for an adventure to explore some of the most interesting and folkloric villages such as Tócuaro, Ihuatzio, Tzintzuntzan, Santa Fe de la Laguna & Capula. In  some of these towns you are invited to meet local Indian families for an intimate experience of their personal celebration of Day of the Dead at home, to learn about their artisan work and legacy of each family and admire their own “altars” at home, as special guest. You will discover the difference and richness of this culture as you compare the handmade crafts, altars and importance of honor their dead.   Overnight: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique or Villa Montaña

Day 6

Transfer to Mexico City and Visit Teotihuacan and Death’s Duality Importance
Today you will meet your driver for a private road transfer to Mexico City. En route, you will stop at the Archaeological Site of Teotihuacan, famous for the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.  It may be optionally possible to  visit to the mysterious catacombs under the site with expert explanations of light and darkness, life and death duality’s importance and the rich history of Mexico’s many layers of pre-Columbian civilizations.  Overnight: Las Alcobas

Day 7

Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum and Histroic Center
Begin your explorations of Mexico’s capital at the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology with its stunning collection of Aztec, Mayan and Olmec treasures. Take a walk through history and see such wonders as the Aztec calendar inscribed upon the Stone of the Sun, which was excavated from Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo. Continue on for a privately guided tour of the Historic City Center with visits to The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, a look from above into the Temple Mayor Aztec archaeological site, the Palace of Fine Arts and more depending on time and interest.  Overnight: Las Alcobas

Day 8

Mexico City Southern Neighborhoors, Coyoacan and Day of the Dead Displays
Enjoy a privately guided exploration of the subtler aspects of Mexico City to explore the charming Coyoacan,  a traditional neighborhood of pebbled streets, colonial churches, noisy little markets,  and quiet squares, among which can still be perceived evocations from the past.

You’ll visit Dolores Olmedo Museum for their Day of the Dead special exhibition “De Viaje Con Las Calacas” (A Road Trip with the Skeletons). Admire the artistic work that not only preserve the tradition of the altars but also honors the handcrafted work of Mexican artisans. This time the traditional Ofrenda de Muertos presents art, pieces and characters from all over Mexico, to show the artisanal richness and cultural biodiversity of the country.

Finally, explore the famous Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera, the actual home of Diego and Frida masterfully crafted by Juan O’Gorman, where you can see the artists’ workshop and original works by Diego Rivera and Frida.  Overnight: Las Alcobas

Day 9

Departure Day

Market visits

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