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Altar in Oaxaca for Day of the Dead traditions

Tour Itinerary

Night shot of a white limestone Cathedral in Oaxaca Mexico with bicycle carts in front of it.Day 1 – Oct 29 – Oaxaca

Arrive at the Oaxaca airport, transfer included to the hotel for checkin. The tour manager will greet you at the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Plate full of different Oaxacan foodsDay 2 – Oct 30 – Monte Alban and Oaxaca Cuisine

Breakfast at the hotel. Our first visit will be to the market to learn about the ingredients and the materials used for the celebration. We will also visit the archeological site of Monte Alban, a great city on the hill that reigned for 1200 years. This great city’s remains reveal an already advanced culture with temples, pyramids, palaces, and ball courts. During the evening we will attend a cooking class and enjoy the preparations. Welcome dinner tonight. (BLD)

Ancient buildings and pottery of Oaxaca, Mexico.Day 3 – Oct 31 – Ocotlan, Coyotepec, Tilcajete, Jalieza, and Graveyards

Breakfast will be at the hotel. Our first stop will be at Ocotlan for the traditional market and then see the elaborate black pottery. Next, travel to Tilcajete famous for its wood carvings of mystic figures, termed “alebrijes.” In Jalietza, you will see artisans creating elaborate and beautiful embroidery cloth products. The evening will bring a leisurely dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, we will visit the cemetery to see the altars with its offerings and decorations of the graves. You will also see the colorful carpets of Marigolds, sand, and sawdust that adorn the streets, welcoming the spirits. (BD)

Day of the Dead masquerade parade in Oaxaca cityDay 4 – Nov 1 – Mitla, Teotilan, Mezcal, Tule Tree, and Masquerade Parade

Breakfast served at the hotel. Today we will visit the archeological site of Mitla, “The place of the dead.” Built around 800 AD, Mitla contains amazing architecture and striking grecas that adorn the walls. We will stop at Teotitlan to see the woolen and woven goods produced and the techniques using natural dyes to color them. You will learn about the production of Mezcal, a product made from the blue agave. You will see the distillery and try some of the products. Lunch is here at the distillery. On the way back to Oaxaca, you will see the Tule Tree, a huge Mexican cypress probably the most massive tree in Latin America. The Tule Tree is a 2000-year-old living giant. Tonight, we will enjoy the masquerade parade with people dressed in devil and skeleton costumes imitating the dead. They parade dancing from house to house, receiving food, fruit, candy, and chocolate from the families. (BLD)

Day 5 – Nov 2 – Depart

Say Adios! to Oaxaca. Breakfast at the hotel and all day transfers to the airport.

*Itinerary and hotels subject to change.