Day of the Dead trip to Mexico City 2019

Day of the Dead Makeup

Day of the Dead Makeup

Traditional Day of the Dead costume

Traditional Day of the Dead costume

Typical Dia de los Muertos makeup

Typical Dia de los Muertos makeup

Mexico City - Day of the Dead Festival - November 2019

October 30 - November 5, 2019

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday dating back several thousand years to Aztec times in which families remember and honor those who have passed away. Far from a day of mourning, Day of the Dead is a festive holiday celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones.

Join me for an unforgettable trip to my favorite city in the world, packed full of Day of the Dead activities, along with bike rides through diverse and interesting neighborhoods; cooking classes and taqueria tours; visits to food, flower, and witchcraft markets; trips to pre-Aztec pyramids; and the opportunity to enjoy an ancient Mayan sweat lodge ceremony.

My small group tours are fast-paced, action packed, and geared at curious travelers that enjoy non-traditional, off-the-beaten-path, local travel experiences. They are perfect for travelers who avoid run-of-the-mill big bus tours or who prefer traveling alone.

This is a group tour for people who don’t do group tours.

Day of the Dead 2018

Testimonials

visit mexico city 2018
This was literally the best trip of my life.
— Megan T., Florida
I joined EscapingNY group trips to both Cuba and Mexico, which offered in-depth, authentic experiences. I’d highly recommend EscapingNY to anyone interested in really getting to know a country.
— Wei C., New York City
This trip was my first trip as a solo traveler and yet I wasn’t actually alone. The group was so much fun and I met some wonderful people that I hope to keep in touch with! It really was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken!
— Amy S., South Carolina
The Day of the Dead tour was a really unique and unforgettable experience. Our group wanted to do as many things as possible and EscapingNY was able to accommodate our on-the-ground requests. It didn’t feel like a typical tour at all. Instead, it felt like traveling with a friend whose in-depth local knowledge allowed for a much richer and more engaging way to experience the country.
— Jasmine L., New York City
It was the trip of a lifetime with amazing food, people and places. The perfect tour for people who hate tours and want to have an authentic experience.
— Chris D., Florida
Stroll through brightly decorated streets

Stroll through brightly decorated streets

Enjoy delicious meals with new friends

Enjoy delicious meals with new friends

Eat street food that WON’T make you sick

Eat street food that WON’T make you sick

Wednesday, October 30th

  • Arrive, get settled.

  • Neighborhood walking tour, dinner at local taqueria.

Thursday, October 31st

  • Breakfast at Coyoacan’s famous food hall.

  • Morning visit to Frida Kahlo’s home and museum.

  • Afternoon visit to various markets in Mexico City, including traditional food and spice markets, the flower market, and the witchcraft market, which specializes in hard-to-find herbs, potions, and medicinals. The tour will be led by a local journalist.

Mexico City market tour

Mexico City market tour

Food & drink market walking tour

Food & drink market walking tour

Lunch in Mexico City

Lunch in Mexico City

Friday November 1st

  • Day trip to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mixquic famous for its elaborate Day of the Dead festival, street celebration, and cemetery rituals.

  • Walk through festively decorated streets and join families in their homes as they explain the significance of the alters they built for deceased loved ones.

  • Observe families celebrating the lives of loved ones in the town’s cemetery.

Traditional Day of the Dead costumes in Mixquic

Traditional Day of the Dead costumes in Mixquic

Day of the Dead in Mixquic, Mexico

Day of the Dead in Mixquic, Mexico

A traditional Day of the Dead "Catrina" in Mixquic

A traditional Day of the Dead "Catrina" in Mixquic

Saturday November 2nd

  • Day trip to Teotihuacan to bike around the Sun and Moon Pyramids, pre-Aztec ruins, and the third largest pyramid in the world!

  • We’ll enjoy a leisurely 8-mile bike ride along smooth, flat roads to explore lesser-known ruins and ancient paintings in the area.

  • Evening Lucha Libre wrestling match

In front of the 3rd largest pyramid in the world

In front of the 3rd largest pyramid in the world

Quick stop for lunch before climbing the pyramids

Quick stop for lunch before climbing the pyramids

Top of the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan

Top of the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan

Sunday, November 3rd

  • History, culture, and street art bike ride through closed-streets and through Chapultapec Park, downtown Zocalo, and various neighborhoods and important sites not yet visited. The ride is a 9-mile, relaxed-pace ride along flat streets. We’ll make frequent stops to learn about important sites (and for lunch)

  • Afternoon visit to the Sunday antique market

  • Margaritas and mezcal in the famous “Mariachi Square” (optional)

  • Evening folkloric ballet performance (optional)

Mexico City Bike Tour

Mexico City Bike Tour

Biking to Mexico City’s famous Zocalo

Biking to Mexico City’s famous Zocalo

The requisite photo op in Mexico City

The requisite photo op in Mexico City

Monday, November 4th

  • Day trip to Tepoztlan, considered the birthplace of the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, and an important indigenous site. The town itself has a well-preserved historic center and is surrounded by soaring cliffs, on the top of which is the Tepozteco pyramid. The one-hour walk up hill to the pyramid can be quite challenging but offers a spectacular view.

  • Market and food hall walking and tasting tour with a local chef who voted as leading one of the top 10 culinary tours in the world.

  • For an additional cost, enjoy a shaman-led “temazcal” Mayan sweat lodge where hot coal ovens turn an igloo-like structure into a sauna, filled with the scents of fresh mint, eucalyptus, chamomile flowers, and other medicinal herbs

Tuesday, November 5th

  • Fly home or arrange to stay additional days

Mexico City is a fantastic place to celebrate Day of the Dead, as the city puts on an elaborate parade, decorates the the zocalo main square and the popular Reforma Avenue.

Each year, thousands of people flock to Mixquic, a community southeast of Mexico City that is known for its elaborate Day of the Dead celebration.

A temazcal or "Mayan steam bath" is a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica.

Price per person*:

$1099 per person if booked by December 31st

$1199 per person if booked by February 1st

$1299 per person if booked by April 1st

$1399 per person if booked by June 1st

Pricing includes round trip airport transfer, accommodations at well-located B&Bs, all museum and attraction admission, trip-related transportation, guides, bike rentals, all breakfasts, and three lunches. Pricing does NOT include airfare, dinners, or remaining lunches.

*These prices are based on double-occupancy. If you wish to have your own room, please add $499. In the past, guests have enjoyed inviting friends and family to share a room, though I will try to pair up interested singles looking for a roommate.

A 50% deposit is required by the indicated date to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by August 1st, 2019.

IMPORTANT: Proof of travel insurance is required for this trip. Read my article Why You Should Buy Travel Insurance to learn why it’s so important. You may chose your own travel insurance provider but I recommend World Nomad's. I've used their insurance for many years, as have many of my clients, and they offer comprehensive coverage and excellent customer service at a reasonable price.