Nov. 2018 Day of the Dead Mexico trip

 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"

A traditional Day of the Dead "Catrina"

Mexico City - Day of the Dead Festival - November 2018

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. It is celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living elsewhere, especially the United States.

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 witches markets, and trips to pyramids and ancient Mayan sweat lodge ceremonies. My small group tours are perfect for travelers who avoid run-of-the-mill big bus tours or who prefer traveling alone.

Learn more about a group trip to an elaborate Day of the Dead celebration in Mixquic, Mexico that I led in November, 2017.

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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
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

Tuesday, October 30th (8-day trip option)

·      Arrive, get settled

·      Walking tour of Condesa neighobrhood, dinner at local taqueria

Wednesday, October 31st

·      Day trip to Teotihuacan Sun and Moon Pyramids, including a bike ride of the surrounding area

·      Evening Day of the Dead and Halloween activities in Mexico City

·      5-day trip option individuals arrive on evening flight

 Teotihuacan Pyramids Bike Tour

Teotihuacan Pyramids Bike Tour

 Top of the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan

Top of the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan

 Mexico City Bike Tour

Mexico City Bike Tour

Thursday, November 1st

Tepoztlan is considered the birthplace of the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, and is 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. Tepoztlan offers traditional altar building and lamp creating ceremonies that forms part of the Day of the Dead ceremony. As part of the Day of the Dead, people organize ceremonies at the cemetery for those not physically with them any longer.

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

·      Participants will be able to either hike up the mountain or 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

·      Evening trip to the city of Mixquic, famous for its elaborate Day of the Dead festival, street celebration, and cemetery rituals.

 Preparing the temazcal in Tepoztlan

Preparing the temazcal in Tepoztlan

 Closing the temazcal ceremony

Closing the temazcal ceremony

Friday, November 2nd

·      Morning visit to various markets in Mexico City, including traditional food and spice markets, the flower market, and the witches market, which specializes in hard-to-find herbs, potions, and animals.

·      Afternoon Zocalo walking tour to visit the city's huge central square, Aztec ruins and colonial architecture, and some of the city’s many parks, plazas and gardens.

·      Evening Lucha Libre wrestling match

Saturday, November 3rd

·      Visit to Frida Khalo’s home and museum

·      Visit to Diego Rivera’s museum, Anahuacalli. Built of black volcanic stone, the museum houses nearly 60,000 pre-Hispanic pieces which represent nearly all of the indigenous civilizations in Mexico’s history.

·      Tour of trendy, artsy Coyoacan neighborhood and famous food hall

·      Day of the Dead costume bike ride with up to 10,000 cyclists (or a free night out)

 CDMX market tour

CDMX market tour

 Zip lining at the pyramids

Zip lining at the pyramids

 Lunch in Mexico City

Lunch in Mexico City

Sunday, November 4th

·      Morning bike ride through closed-streets and through Chapultapec Park, downtown, and various neighborhoods and important sites not yet visited

·      Afternoon cooking class making various entrees and appetizers (8-day trip option)

·      5-day trip option individuals leave on evening flight

Monday, November 5th (8-day trip option)

·      Visit the famous Anthropology Museum

·     Taqueria walking (and tasting!) tour

Tuesday, November 6th

·      Fly back to NYC

Mexico City puts on an elaborate parade, decorates the the zocalo main square and the popular Reforma Avenue with alters and sculpture installations, and holds a nocturnal Day of the Dead bike ride, attended by thousands of costumed cyclists.

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.

Price per person*:

5-day option: $749 per person by March 15th  ($795 by May 15th, $849 by June 15th)

8-day option: $949 per person by May 15th ($995 by May 15th, $1049 by June 15th)

Pricing includes all museum and attraction admission, trip-related transportation, guides, bike rentals, all breakfasts, and three lunches.

*These prices are based on double-occupancy. If you wish to have your own room, please add $299 for the 5-day trip and $399 for the 8-day trip. In the past, guests have enjoyed inviting friends and family to share a room with though I will try to pair up interested singles looking for a roommate. Please note that a $200 deposit is required by the indicated date to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by August 1st, 2018.