Mexico: Day of the Dead Adventure

Embrace traditional Mexican heritage during Dia de los Muertos


Delight in colorful festivities as you discover how locals celebrate Dia de Los Muertos and pay respects to their relatives who have passed away.

from

$2,499

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Get a Quote or call 1-844-205-6226
Trip code: 8MEXICODOTD

Details

  • Countries Visited: Mexico
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $650
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle throughout
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers are available for purchase
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

HOTELS

  • 3 Nights: Hotel Geneve, Mexico City
  • 2 Nights: Casona Maria, Puebla
  • 2 Nights: Hotel Victoria, Oaxaca

Hotels subject to change. 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos a Mexico! Make your way to our hotel and take to the streets to explore the surrounding area of Zona Rosa, our neighborhood for the next three nights. Known for its restaurants and popular nightlife, it's the perfect place for an introduction to the culture of Mexico City. Depending on when you arrive, you may choose to head to Mexico's Historic Center or Condesa neighborhood for sightseeing, shopping and dining! Whatever you choose to do, enjoy the vibrant culture this capital city has to offer. This evening meet your Local Leader and get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome meeting followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (d)

Day 2: Mexico City

Today, we head to the Xochimilco neighborhood, famous for its floating gardens where restaurants and chefs grow their local ingredients. Next, dig into traditional cuisine aboard a trajinera — or long boat — and float around the surrounding canals. This afternoon is yours to write your own adventure! Perhaps visit the home of Frida Kahlo in the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacan, or make your way downtown to visit the Templo Mayor or The Palace of Fine Arts. Whatever you choose, the adventure is yours to make! (b, l)

Day 3: Mexico City

After breakfast, explore Mexico City's historic center with visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral, Zocalo and the National Palace featuring Diego Rivera’s murals. Here we start our Day of the Dead experience as we learn more about the local tradition and beliefs behind the making of ofrendas to summon and remember deceased loved ones. Next we visit San Juan market, one of the largest markets in the city; here we taste a local delicacy — insects! After working up an appetite at the market, visit a traditional cantina to try more local dishes and drinks. Next, we head to the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal to learn the art of tequila-making, complete with taste tests. This evening yours — perhaps catch a thrilling Lucha Libre show or relax back at the hotel. (b, l)

Day 4: Mexico City > Puebla

We leave Mexico City this morning to venture to the Teotihuacan ruins, formerly one of the largest cities in the world. Meet an Insider Expert and discover the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. To understand the culture of the once lively city, stroll along “The Avenue of the Dead” to feel what life used to be like 2,000 years ago. After exploring the ruins on your own, we continue to the colonial, yet rapidly developing city of Puebla. Upon arrival, we take a leisurely stroll to familiarize ourselves with the city. Visit Calle de los Dulces (Candy Street), El Parian (Craft Market), and Rosary Chapel. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore freely and dive deeper into authentic Mexican culture. At dinner, perhaps try one of the city's culinary specialties — mole poblano! (b, d)

Day 5: Puebla

Today, we travel just outside the city to visit Cholula's Pyramid. Buried under natural landscape, the structure is the largest man-made pyramid in the world, with a base nearly four times the size of the Pyramids of Giza. After, return to Puebla to enjoy time unscripted to immerse yourself even further in the culture. Today is the perfect time to pick up souvenirs at the many local markets that boast impressive handmade crafts made by local artisans. (b)

Day 6: Puebla > Oaxaca

Today we journey south to Oaxaca, known for its colorful culture and art scene. Stroll through the beautiful cobbled streets and become acquainted with the unique architecture. For lunch, enjoy the local cuisine and hear about gastronomical secrets and special ingredients that make Oaxaca's food scene so iconic. This evening visit a Mezcaleria — and learn how to taste the difference between tequila and mezcal! After, get ready for the Day of the Dead celebrations by tasting pan de muerto, a chocolate made specifically for this time. After spending some time watching the comparsas — costumed singers and dancers — we visit a cemetery to see how the locals celebrate the night. (b, l)

Day 7: Oaxaca

We visit the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua. Formed over thousands of years, this area is truly stuck in time. After exploring the natural beauty of the area, we further embrace Mexican culture with a visit to an ancient Zapotecan town, Teotitlan del Valle. Well-known for their textile and tapestry crafting, we get to know the locals through studying this popular craft before returning to Oaxaca for another night of celebrations. Wander through the pop-up art shops, get your face painted by a local, or spend the night people-watching from a local restaurant. There's plenty to do and see during this once-in-a-lifetime experience! (b)

Day 8: Oaxaca

After breakfast, your trip to Oaxaca comes to an end. Depart at any time today; perhaps stay a few extra days in this beautiful city, or head south to relax on the Huatulco coast. (b)

Private Group Options

Adventure is better together. With private groups as small as 6, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an exclusive departure, just for your crew! Rest assured you'll get the best of small group travel in a big way, plus the security and peace of mind of traveling with a brand backed by AAA.

Things to know before traveling to Mexico

Currency

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso Krone (MXN).

ATMs are available in most towns, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Some banks will allow a cash advance against a major credit card which will incur a service charge of 5% or more. Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels.

VERY IMPORTANT:

USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

Cuisine

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Typically our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

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Mexico: Day of the Dead Adventure

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