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Adventure travel

Day of the Dead in Mexico

Adventure travel, Solo travel
1
6
Oaxaca
Mexico
october
depending on availability
1 x year
30.10.2023
from  292 €
 

Travel: from 28.10 to 03.11.2015 or from 29.10 to 04.11.2016

Mexicans are one of a few nations to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Learn their way of celebration where there is no place for moaning.

During this unusual adventure you will find out about the spirituality and culture of Mexicans and their attitude towards death. Enjoy the time in Oaxaca region, which is the origin of the traditions of the Day of the Dead in Mexico. The festivity of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) takes place from October 31 till November 2, when families build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries and gather their relatives and friends. It is believed that the souls come to be near their families and take part in celebration. Stroll the streets and huge markets, where one can buy local food and things necessary for celebration. Visit the cemeteries of Xoxocotlan and Atzompa to view the altars and to see the families gathering as dusk turns to dark, as well as watch the Day of the Dead parades in Oaxaca and Villa de Etla. Participants in these parades dress in elaborate costumes and sing accompanied by brass bands. Mezcal served in small plastic cups is frequently passed out to those watching the parades. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage and kind of tequila made from the maguey plant native to Mexico. It has a strong flavour and taste, and worm of Hypopta agavis or scorpion often put in the bottom of the bottle. The celebration helps resigning and accepting the death during the lifetime, therefore they laugh at the death's face and say - La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo (Death is skinny and weak and she can't carry me.), and decorate different made sculls (calaveras) with name of the deceased inscribed on with bright colours.

The region of Oaxaca is popular for its craftwork – from pottery and weavings to mescal. The characteristic snacks for Oaxaca are special chocolate, cheeses, as well as dried grasshoppers covered with chili and lime. In your free time we recommend you to visit Monte Albán – the grouping of pre-hispanic (Zapotec) mountain top temples, and the Valley of Mitla, or simply relax in café and plan your day according to the events in the city.

Price includes
  • 6 nights in hotel
  • 6 breakfasts
  • visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlan and Atzompa
  • Day of the Dead parades in Oaxaca and Villa de Etla
  • orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca
  • tour to nearby artisan villages
  • transport services according to the route, including arrival transfer
  • English-speaking group leader and local guides
  • prepared route

The offered route and the list of included services may slightly differ. Please, ask your travel consultant.

 
Terms & conditions
  • the price is stated per 1 person and is valid regardless of the number of travellers
  • travel period: in line with the planned schedule
  • sales period: depending on availability
  • 100% travel guarantee and the Lifetime deposits™ - if, regardless of the reason, your trip is annulled or re-scheduled, the deposit will be saved until the moment you are ready for the friend; use it yourself or pass it to a friend or relative, for instance, if you like
  • the tours are planned and correspond to the current safety requirements
  • you should have a valid QR certificate in your possession
  • additional information, including on connection with the COVID-19 and travelling is available at your Estravel Latvia travel consultant
 
Additional expenses
  • meals not included 
  • additionally chosen excursions
  • airline tickets to the starting point of a tour, and back
  • visa, if necessary
  • travel insurance
Useful info
NB! Please check the hotel notice board for trip information and group meeting time.
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