Nov. 2018 Day of the Dead Mexico trip


Mexico City - Day of the Dead Festival - November 2017

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, visits to food, flower, and witches markets, and trips to pyramids and ancient Mayan sweat lodge ceremonies.

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

Tuesday, October 30th (7-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 7am – 5pm OR

o   Visit to the famous Anthropology Museum and Fine Arts Museum

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

·      5-day trip option individuals arrive on evening flight

Pyramids Bike Tour

Pyramids Bike Tour

Top of the Sun Pyramid

Top of the Sun Pyramid

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.

·      Tepoztlan day trip

·      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

Preparing the temazcal

Closing the ceremony

Closing the 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

·      Optional evening activity: Day of the Dead costume bike ride with up to 10,000 cyclists

Market tour

Market tour

Zip lining at the pyramids

Zip lining at the pyramids

Amazing food!

Amazing food!

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 (for 7-day trip option)

·      5-day trip option individuals leave on evening flight

Monday, November 5th (7-day trip option)

·      Additional bike ride day OR

·      Visit to Xochimilcol, for a canal boat tour in Mexico’s version of Venice. While floating down the river, other boats float by selling tacos, flowers, and beer. Mariachi boats also float by taking requests for songs.

o   Optional visit to Doll's Island (or Isla de las Munecas), an island dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who drowned in mysterious circumstances. This small island is home to hundreds of dolls - many of them with severed limbs, decapitated heads and black eyes - who are said to be possessed by the girl's spirit. Local legends says that the dolls move their heads and arms and have even been known to open their eyes!

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: $795 per person by June 15th

5-day option: $895 per person by July 15th

7-day option: $995 per person by June 15th

7-day option: $1095 per person by July 15th

*These prices are based on double-occupancy. If you wish to have your own room, please add $199 for the 5-day trip and $299 for the 7-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 $400 deposit is required by the indicated date to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by September 1st, 2018.