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Oaxaca: Day of the Dead

Join us for a colorful and cultural experience: we’re going to Oaxaca for dia de los muertos!

We will immerse in this lovely place right during the fascinating and mysterious Day of the Dead celebrations. We will walk the streets, eat our way through the markets, and explore the graveyards of Oaxaca City and the small towns around.

In between cemetery visits, parades and parties, we will visit local ruins, sample local mezcals, and visit a temezcal (sweat lodge) for an experience like you’ve never had!

This tour is all-inclusive and limited, to be the most respectful of this important time.

 

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Trip Dates Availability Price Payment
Oct. 28, 2020 - Nov. 4, 20207 spots left$2350 USD

Day 1: Arriving to Oaxaca

Today you’ll be arriving in Oaxaca! Participants will be flying in from a variety of different places therefore travelers are welcome to choose the flight path that best suits their travel preferences and needs. That being said, we encourage participants to book flights that arrive in Oaxaca City in the morning or early afternoon so that they have time to get settled before the welcome dinner that evening.

If you need assistance booking your international airfare please let us know! Upon arriving at the airport one of the Tour Leaders will be waiting to escort you to the beautiful city center of Oaxaca via private shuttle (30 minute drive).

Once in the heart of the city you will be checked into your hotel and given a brief orientation of the area. If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc. your Tour Leader will be more than happy to accompany you.

In the event you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests.

Afterwards, we’ll have a welcome dinner together as a group.

Meals: Dinner

guided tour oaxaca

Day 2: Women's Co-op + Walking Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet at the hotel to walk to a nearby cultural center to start our community tour with Fudanción En Vía that supports local women and families through the power of microfinancing.

On this tour you will meet an inspiring group of hard-working, optimistic, and problem-solving women who create their own successes through their skills and tenacity, and with the assistance of En Vía who offers education, training and microfinancing to female entrepreneurs.

You will experience a much more personal view of local life than ordinary tourism permits and will gain a better understanding of the challenges faced (and often overcome) by many in México’s second most economically challenged state.

We will have lunch in one of the communities we will be visiting, and after, we will finish the tour at approximately 4:00 pm at which point we will head back to our hotel for downtime/time.

This evening we will have a brief walking tour of Oaxaca City to show you some of the major highlights and a few of our favorite better-kept secrets in town, before our group dinner at Boulenc.

Meals: B, L, D

city tour of Oaxaca

Day 3: Temazcal + Cemetery Visits

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our day-long tour to the nearby “Pueblo Mágico” (magic town) of Capulalpam, making some fun pit stops along the way. One of our stops will be to visit San Pablo Guelatao, the birthplace of Benito Juarez, México’s first indigenous president. We will also stop by our friend Rogelio’s house to learn about “los molinillos” and the way in which they are used to prepare traditional beverages such as “el chocolate de agua”. Also, we can get some of the best mezcal here to take to the cemetery later at night!

Once we’ve completed our drive through the gorgeous Sierra Norte mountain range we will arrive in the misty town of Capulalpam. Here we will enjoy lunch (included) at a local comedor before touring around this enchanting pueblo. We highly recommend the molé for lunch!

We will wrap up our time in Capulalpam with a visit to the Clinica de Medicina Tradicional (Traditional Medicine Clinic) run by a cooperative of midwives, including our friend Reina, who will welcome us with open arms! Here you can use the temazcal for cleansing and purifying purposes (physical and spiritual) or opt for a relaxing massage, not included but all reasonably priced and well worth the experience!

For those unfamiliar, a temazcal is a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. While many people use them today as an equivalent to the modern-day sauna, the traditional purpose of the temazcal goes beyond just the physical.

How to prepare for today: The road is curvy so if you get car sick easily, we recommend taking something for motion sickness! Bring a swimsuit, towel, walking shoes or sandals, and a change of clothes.

Afterwards, we’ll have downtime to rest and relax before a long night out.

This evening we will have dinner together at La Santísima Flor de Lúpulo. After dinner we will hop in the van and visit a cemetery in approximately 25 minutes outside of Central Oaxaca in Atzompa. Here we will respectfully observe the tradition of Día de los Muertos and participate, whenever invited. By this point in the trip we will have discussed the significance of Día de los Muertos at length as well as cultural sensitivity tips to mindful of during this beautiful and sacred time. Painting your face to go to the cemetery and taking photos at the cemetery are NOT recommended out of respect but we DO encourage bringing flowers, candles, and mezcal to share with others.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 4: Mezcal tasting + Parades

After a long night out at the cemeteries we recommend taking the morning sleep in and relax, grabbing breakfast at the hotel whenever you’d like.

Today we will get outside of Oaxaca City once again to do some more exploring in the nearby Teotitlán Valley. First, we will hit up a local mezcaleria! Here we will learn about the history of this beverage while dispelling some popular myths.

You’ll also see the step-by-step process of making this delicious beverage and even get to sit down for a tasting before enjoying a delicious lunch (included) After finishing at the mezcaleria we will visit our friend Nelson Peréz’s textile workshop to see the gorgeous Zapotec weavings and learn about how they are made.

After an afternoon of down time, we’ll meet for dinner as a group. After dinner, we will enjoy the lively streets of Central Oaxaca filled with music, dancing, parades and more, as we juxtapose last night’s traditions in the cemetery in a small town to central Oaxaca’s celebrations in the street tonight. For those feeling up to it, we can also visit the cemeteries again later on in the night!

Meals: B, L, D

oaxaca day of the dead

Day 5: Ruins + Free Exploration

We will spend the morning outside out of the city center on a guided tour of Monte Albán with our local guide. Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site located 6 miles west of Oaxaca City. Not only was Monte Albán one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, and it also played an important role as the pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. We will spend a few hours exploring this site with our guide as he dives deeper into the history of this site and explains its significance not only in Oaxaca but in Mexico and Mesoamerica in general.

After a morning walking around Monte Albán we will have built up a bit of an appetite so we’ll head straight to one of Oaxaca’s central markets. Here we will grab a table at one of our favorite little “comedores” to enjoy lunch (included) at one of Oaxaca’s central markets for an authentic Mexican dining experience.

This afternoon we have some downtime. If you’d like we can coordinate for you to participate in a cooking class (not included) or we recommend taking time to check out different points of interest (which we will discuss).

Farewell dinner at La Olla.

Meals: B, L, D

mexican ruins oaxaca

Day 6: Departures

It’s departure day and we’re bummed. But we know we had such a good time with you this week, and we know we’ll be seeing you again!

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll begin transfers to the airport. Feel free to depart anytime today.

Meals: B

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Cost includes:

  • Shared accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transportation
  • English speaking tour guide
  • City tours
  • All entrance fees

Does not include:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for guide (optional)

What to pack:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Covered shoes
  • Bathing suit for temazcal
  • Scarf for modesty in churches and temples
  • Camera
  • Small bag for personal items

Additional Info:

Lodging Where will we stay?

We will stay in local boutique properties. While we make every effort to stay in the best possible accommodation, keep in mind that things like gym, wifi, pools, etc may or may not be available.

Tour is priced for shared accommodation, meaning you will share your room with one other gal on our tour.

Meals What will we eat?

Our meals will be largely local, authentic Oaxacan cuisine.

Airfare Where do we fly into?

We recommend flying into Oaxaca City (OAX) with a morning flight on Day 1, and an afternoon departure on the final day.

Don’t want to mess with flights? Email us at info@damesly.com and we can help you with booking.

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