Mexico City: Day of the Dead Original

5 Days | This cultural festival will have you spooked in all the right ways.

4.7 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Feel the mystical vibes of the weird and wonderful Dia de los Muertos, or the annual Day of the Dead festival, on a five-day cultural exploration of Mexico City. Sample tasty street food at the open air Mercado Jamaica, see the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan, participate in a traditional Day of the Dead ceremony and see elaborate altars dedicated to the deceased. This festival is all about rituals, so dive straight in to the spooky and spiritual ceremonies that have made this tradition so famous. Oh, and Mexico City’s tacos will make you feel you’ve died and gone to heaven, too.

Trip overview

Map of Mexico City: Day Of The Dead Original including Mexico
Start
Mexico City, Mexico
Finish
Mexico City, Mexico
Theme
Festivals and Events
Destinations
Mexico
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
QVSO
This trip generates 21 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Fiesta the night away in Mexico City and get into the true spirit of this haunting ceremonial festival.
  • Get the low-down on all of the traditions and rituals of the Day of the Dead festival, including taking part in making your own traditional altar offering.
  • See the ruins known as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan and stroll down The Avenue of the Dead to discover what life here was like nearly 2000 years ago.
  • Visit Panteon Tulyehualco cemetery to view graves that have been decorated with colourful flowers, photos and food, and see the Day of the Dead ceremonies.
  • Sample tasty street food at the open air Mercado Jamaica where people come to buy everything they need for the Day of the Dead, including the famous pan de muerto sweet rolls.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This itinerary is designed to provide the best possible experience of the annual Day of the Dead festivities around Mexico City. As such, there is very limited free time to explore many of the area’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Museum of Anthropology 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 would like to spend more time in Mexico City, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
  • 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.

Itinerary

Map of Mexico City: Day Of The Dead Original including Mexico

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, Metro

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Activities
  • Mexico – Teotihucan ruins guided visit
  • Mexico City - Cemetery visit
  • Mexico City - Day of the Dead altar creation
  • Mexico City - Jamaica Market visit
  • Mexico City - City Tour
Add on activities
  • Mexico City - Torre Latino 360° Lookout (entrance fee) - MXN170
  • Mexico City - Boat ride through Floating Gardens of Xochimilco (Approx. per boat per hour) - MXN600
  • Mexico City - Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) (entrance fee) (Closed Mondays) - MXN80
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (entrance fee) - MXN250

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4.7 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Sarah · Traveled October 2023
This isn’t your average tour. With Intrepid, you get more flexibility and control over how you want to experience your destination. Our local guide was full of helpful knowledge and made us feel comfortable and supported to get the most out of our trip.
Review submitted 05 Nov 2023

Martin · Traveled October 2023
Best way to see Mexico City during Day of the Dead celebrations. We felt part of it and saw the vibrant exciting way it takes place
Review submitted 04 Nov 2023

Tina · Traveled October 2023
Esteban was the best guide! And we had a fantastic group, so it was an excellent time. Highly recommend! However, we were sent to the wrong hotel in our pre trip communication from intrepid and the first hotel was nicer than the one we ended up at in the end. We were not the only ones, so that was a big oversight. Learned so much about the city and the holiday. I would have liked if the trip included the parade but I enjoyed all the activities we did.
Review submitted 04 Nov 2023

Scott · Traveled October 2023
This tour is an excellent way to become acquainted with Mexico City’s Dias de Muertos celebration. The accommodation is located in a central part of the city: close to the subway and walkable to many of the world’s best bars and restaurants (not to mention a quick Uber to the airport). The inclusions of Teotihuacan, the cemetery walkthrough, and the altar creation rounded out the interactive elements that were balanced by a little choose-your-own-adventure free time. A lot is packed in this trip so expect a full and fulfilling itinerary. Be sure to make time for Panaderia Rosetta for Pan de Muertos, and make a reservation at Handshake Bar for world class cocktails!
Review submitted 07 Nov 2023

ANASTASIYA · Traveled October 2022
This is a short but jam packed trip to Mexico City to learn about local day of the dead celebrations and Mexican culture. I learned and experienced a lot in the short time. Mexican people are very friendly and tried their best to communicate with you. Best to learn a few words of Spanish. Bring cash/pesos. Most local vendors for souvenirs and hand made items are families from nearby towns and they can only take cash. You will not have a lot of free time in this trip.
Review submitted 14 Nov 2022
Mexico City: Day of the Dead Original
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