Mexico City: Day of the Dead Itinerary

Become a part of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City. Attend a Halloween costume party, admire the skull altars in the Zocalo, and lend a hand with festival preparations in Mixquic.

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Day of the Dead dolls

Colourful boats of Xochimilco

Fine Arts Palace, Mexico City

Day 1 Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico City, a buzzing capital replete with fine museums, awesome eateries and elegant architecture. Spend the day exploring the city streets or perhaps head to the Xochimilco gardens for a trajinera ride through the canals. When evening falls, why not head out with the group for a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine and mariachi.
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Day 2 Mexico City

The morning kicks off with a guided tour of the leafy Coyoacan suburb, which includes a visit to both the Anahuacalli and Frida Kahlo Museums. Tonight is Halloween, so get ready to dress up for one of the many costume parties revelling away around the city.
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Day 3 Mexico City

Enjoy a guided tour of Tepoztlan, an ancient Aztec city of palpable indigenous significance. Witness, and perhaps join in with, some of the traditional activities that go in to preparing for the Day of the Dead ceremony. Stop in at the town of Mixquic, where particularly colourful celebrations take place as local families decorate the tombs of deceased family members.
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Day 4 Mexico City

Embark on a city orientation walk that takes in the Day of the Dead alters on display in the Zocalo. Journey out to Xochimilco and go for a wander around the fascinatingly eerie Isla de la Munecas, an island littered with hundreds of tattered dolls in memory of a young girl who lost her life there. Back in Mexico City, join in on one of the lively Day of the Dead street parties taking place.
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Day 5 Mexico City

Your immersion in Mexico's Day of the Dead festival ends after breakfast this morning. Why not stick around and see more of what this tremendous city has to offer.