Day of the Dead trip to Mexico City 2019
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.
This small group tour will connect you with Mexican culture and tradition through extraordinary people and life-changing experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.
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.
Wednesday, October 30th
Arrive, get settled.
Neighborhood walking tour, dinner at local taqueria.
Thursday, October 31st
Morning visit to Frida Kahlo’s home and museum.
Lunch included at Coyoacan’s famous food hall.
Afternoon visit to Diego Rivera’s museum, decorated with elaborate alters
Friday November 1st
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.
Lunch included at a local restaurant in Teotihuacan.
Saturday November 2nd
Morning free to relax, shop, or visit museums.
Afternoon / early evening visit 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.
Lunch included at a local restaurant in Mixquic.
Observe families celebrating the lives of loved ones in the town’s cemetery.
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. Light lunch included during bike tour.
Afternoon 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 culinary tasting tour with a local culinary expert voted as 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
Monday, November 4th
Morning visit to a traditional food and spice market in a non-touristy part of the city to learn about local foods, herbs, spices, and hard-to-find medicinals. The tour will be led by a local chef and food blogger.
Evening free to relax, shop, and pack for your departing flight.
Tuesday, November 5th
Fly home or arrange to stay additional days
Price per person*:
$1299 per person if booked by April 1st
$1499 per person if booked by June 1st
$1699 per person if booked by August 1st
$1899 per person if booked by October 1st
*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.
What is included:
Round-trip taxi transfers to/from Mexico City Benito Juarez airport
Transportation between and within cities to all activities on the itinerary
Accommodations in comfortable B&B homes
All museum and attraction admission and bicycle rentals
Breakfast and lunch every day
What’s NOT included:
Airfare (though I will make airline/flight suggestions).
Tips/gratuities for guides
Admission and transportation to activities not included in the itinerary
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