*Please be advised, we will be implementing a COVID-19 surcharge to all departures in order to cover costs of reduced group sizes and supplies necessary for sanitizing. Thank you for your understanding and continued patience.
Arrive at the Mexico City airport, then check into our hotel. Welcome desk hosted by your tour manager will be available between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. Evening at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel before our departure to Oaxaca. Early evening we will arrive at the city of Oaxaca and check into the hotel where we will stay for the next 5 nights. Attend a briefing with your tour manager to learn about the age-old traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead. Afterwards, enjoy the Welcome Dinner with the group. (B D)
Travel to Ocotlán to explore traditional markets, then continue to Coyotepec to take in the ornate trademark black Oaxacan pottery. Continue to the Tilcajete, a town famous for its “Alebrijes,” wood carvings of mystic figures. In the evening, indulge in the customary foods of Oaxaca and see the Guelaguetza, traditional folkloric dancers of Oaxaca. (B D)
After breakfast, visit Mitla, archeological site and “Place of the Dead.” Remarkable architecture and striking grecas still survive from this Mixtec ceremonial center’s construction around 800 A.D. In Teotitlán, see the production of woolen and woven goods, as well as the natural dye techniques used to color them. Then, visit a distillery to learn about and sample Mezcal, made from blue agave. Return to Oaxaca by way of Santa María del Tule, location of El Árbol del Tule, the legendary Montezuma cypress. Reportedly over 2,000 years old, this magnificent tree measures 42 meters in diameter. This evening enjoy a leisurely dinner at a local restaurant before watching the Day of the Dead masquerade parade in Oaxaca city downtown. After dinner, we will visit the cemeteries to see the elaborately decorated altars with offerings to the dead. Colorful carpets of marigolds, sand, and sawdust adorn the streets welcoming the spirits(B L D)
This day is dedicated to the flavorful and aromatic cuisine of Oaxaca. After breakfast, explore the ruins of Monte Albán, the empire on a hill that endured for over 1,200 years. The remains of temples, pyramids, palaces and ball courts reveal a culture advanced in the time of its founding, around 500 B.C. Monte Albán is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most significant archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. This afternoon visit the Mercado to learn about the local ingredients, and then attend a lesson on the techniques of Oaxacan cooking. (B L D)
Breakfast this morning at the hotel and return to Mexico City. Venture to the Historical District referred to as the Zocalo to view the National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with Mariachi music. Overnight in Mexico City. (B D)
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
*Itinerary and hotels subject to change.