Join in the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City

Join in the celebrations of one of the world's most bizarre cultural institutions – Mexico's Day of the Dead – on this special festival-themed trip running over the Halloween period. Visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and learn all about their fascination with death. Wander about the sacred indigenous site of Tepoztlan, attend a traditional Day of the Dead ceremony in Mixquic and see elaborate altars dedicated to the decreased. This fun-filled festival trip will leave you with a much enhanced appreciation for the Mexican way of life – and for the dead!


Start
Mexico City, Mexico
Finish
Mexico City, Mexico
Destination
Mexico
Style
Original
Code
QVSO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in delightful Coyoacan

  • Fiesta the night away at a vibrant street party

  • Witness Day of the Dead ceremonies in Mixquic

  • Help to create a traditional Day of the Dead altar

  • Explore the historic town of Tepoztlan

Itinerary

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City, a buzzing capital replete with musuems, awesome eateries and elegant architecture. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. There are no other activities planned for this first day, so make sure to get out and explore if you arrive early. Perhas start at Zocalo, the city's huge central square, where Aztec ruins and colonial architecture are within easy reach. The town has some beautiful parks and gardens worth visiting. Alternatively, the D.F. (Distrito Federal), though often crowded and smoggy, offers a great variety of museums, galleries and architecture, along with exciting nightlife and delicious street food. 

Keep in mind that this itinerary is designed to provide the best possible experience of Day of the Dead festivities. As such, there is very limited free time to explore many of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Museum of Anthropology, Teotihuacan and Chapultepec Park. We recommend you stay a few extra days before or after the tour to make the most of this vibrant metropolis. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
We will be operating multiple departures of this tour so it possible that more than one group will be at some locations or activities at the same time. However, each group will have a maximum of 12 passengers with its own dedicated tour leader.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
In order to (hopefully) avoid the long queues, begin the day with an early morning visit to the University of Mexico (UNAM) to check out its spectacular display of traditional Day of the Dead altars. Afterwards, set out on a walking tour of Mexico City’s historic centre, strolling past its main attractions including the Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor and Palacio de Bellas Artes. The tour will also swing past Mercado San Juan, where you have the option of picking up some lunch (not included). The afternoon is then free to explore on your own, or perhaps take an optional trip to Xochimilco (approx 28 km away) to visit the Doll's Island. Doll's Island (or Isla de las Munecas) is 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! In the evening, return to Mexico City where a number of street parties typically fill the streets – choose one and join in on the festivities!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - City Tour
Optional Activities
  • Mexico City - Xochimilco Doll's Island visit - USD45
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you'll visit the Anahuacalli Museum before a guided tour of the leafy Coyoacan suburb, including a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum. Built of black volcanic stone, Museum Anahuacalli was established by Frida Kahlo's husband, Diego Rivera, to display his extensive collection of pre-Hispanic pieces (nearly 60,000) spanning nearly every indigenous civilisation in Mexico’s history. Both Diego and Frida were obsessed with death, which can be seen throughout their art. As such, the museum organises activities and workshops during the Day of the Dead celebrations that you may get to participate in. Next up is the Frida Kahlo Museum; located in the house she lived throughout her life, it contains a collection of her work, as well as artefacts, photographs, and personal items. There will also be free time to explore the Coyoacan market. Keep in mind, your leader may vary the order of these activities, depending on timing and the dynamic of the group. Later on, head out with the group for an optional evening of dinner and drinks in one of Mexico City's hippiest neighbourhoods.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - Museo Anahuacalli
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Cheaper for students, pensioners & on weekdays. Closed Mondays)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise and shine bright and early and travel about 80 kilometres by private transport to Tepoztlan. This ancient Aztec city is considered to be the birthplace of the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, making it an important indigenous site. The town itself has a well-preserved historic centre and is surrounded by soaring cliffs, on the top of which is the Tepozteco pyramid. Many people still feel a kind of magic or energy about the town, making it a mecca for artists and mystics. Tour the ruins with a local guide and take a one-hour walk to the pyramid. As the climb can be quite challenging, you can choose to stay and spend more time exploring Tepoztlan instead. In the afternoon, see how the traditional altar buildings and/or lamps that form part of the Day of the Dead ceremony are made. With luck, we'll be able to get our hands dirty helping to create these objects, and then participate in the ceremony that follows. As part of the Day of the Dead, people organise ceremonies at the cemetery for those not physically with them any longer. This tradition is particularly colourful and festive in the town of Mixquic – where we will visit. The ceremony starts in the afternoon with families decorating the tombs and continues on well into the night with parties, music and tequila (of course).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - El Tepozteco Ruins guided tour
  • Mexico City - Tepoztlan altar making
  • Mexico City - San Andres Mixquic Cemetery visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
As we will arrive back from the activities in Mixquic late on Day 4, your leader will arrange a final brunch on the morning of Day 5 so you can meet and say farewell to your new friends. Check out from the hotel is at 10 am. You may like to extend your time here and allow yourself a day or two more to take in some of the many palaces, churches and temples, or to sit and watch life go by in the Alameda Central. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Mexico City - City Tour
  • Mexico City - Museo Anahuacalli
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Cheaper for students, pensioners & on weekdays. Closed Mondays)
  • Mexico City - El Tepozteco Ruins guided tour
  • Mexico City - Tepoztlan altar making
  • Mexico City - San Andres Mixquic Cemetery visit

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable; subject to availability.
3. We will be operating multiple departures of this tour so it is possible that more than one group will be at some locations or activities at the same time. However, each group will have a maximum of 12 passengers with its own dedicated tour leader. Please advise us of any travel companions that are not booked on the same file.
4. Day of the Dead is celebrated on the 1st & 2nd of November. The date of the Day of the Dead parade is usually announced by the Secretary of Culture one month prior to the festivities. The parade is rumored to be on the 27th October and is not included in this 5-day trip (which focuses on the main days of celebrations). Let us know if this parade is of interest to you and we can assist you booking the necessary pre-tour accommodation.

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