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Take part in the Day of the Dead festival, explore Mexico's artistic heartland, experience the culinary delights and traditional cooking methods of this region, visit the ruins of Monte Albán or Mitla

  1. Day 1
    Oaxaca
    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
    Accommodation: Hotel Parador del Dominico (or similar)
  2. Day 2
    Oaxaca
    Take an orientation walk through Oaxaca, known for its colourful crafts, unique cuisine, and vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations. During our walk, we'll visit two bustling markets selling local foods, ornaments, and many Day of the Dead essentials. Over the course of the week, immerse yourself in the festival's theatrical parades, watching people dressed in elaborate costumes march to the tune of brass bands; and observe local families gathering at candle-lit altars and graves on visits to the city's cemeteries.
    Activity: An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
    Free Time: In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca's other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city's main square, we think there's something for everyone to enjoy.
    Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
    Accommodation: Hotel Parador del Dominico (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Oaxaca
    Set out to explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with a local host. Learn how chocolate is produced at a grinding mill, and flip your own tortillas at a tortilla-making workshop. Continue to a local family's kitchen to taste an array of delicious Oaxacan dishes and chat with your hosts about traditional cooking methods and Oaxacan food culture. You'll also have free time to explore the city and its surroundings.
    Activity: An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
    Free Time: In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca's other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, attend cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering mole of the area, or just relax in a cafe in the city's main square, we think there's something for everyone here.
    Activity: Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with this exclusive foodie experience. With our local host, visit the local market, the chocolate grinding mills and tortilla-making workshop. Then visit the home of a local family and taste an array of local cuisine, learn traditional cooking methods, and discuss the food culture in Oaxaca.
    Accommodation: Hotel Parador del Dominico (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Oaxaca
    Spend the day experiencing Oaxaca's Day of the Dead festivities. Attend atmospheric vigils, photograph the boisterous parades, and learn about the spiritual significance of the holiday's rituals. You'll also get to sip your share of mezcal, Oaxaca's signature spirit—made from a variety of species of agave—and enjoy an optional tour of a mezcal factory.
    Activity: An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
    Free Time: In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca's other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city's main square, we think there's something for everyone to enjoy.
    Accommodation: Hotel Parador del Dominico (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Oaxaca
    Continue exploring the captivating culture of the Day of the Dead. In your free time, choose to head to the nearby ruins of Mitla for a guided tour. One of Mexico's best known archaeological sites, it is believed that Mitla was founded as a Zapotec burial ground. Or, wander among the plazas and pyramids of the Monte Albán ruins, a Zapotec site dating to the eighth century BC.
    Activity: An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
    Free Time: In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca's other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city's main square, we think there's something for everyone to enjoy.
    Accommodation: Hotel Parador del Dominico (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Oaxaca
    Enjoy the last of the Day of the Dead festivities. You may also opt to visit a nearby artisan community for a look at Oaxaca's renowned traditional crafts, including pottery and handwoven textiles. Alternatively, learn how to prepare mole, the flavoursome Mexican sauce that comprises a famously inexhaustible list of ingredients.
    Activity: An expert CEO will lead the way on an amazing journey through Oaxaca and this festive tradition. The schedule is based on what is happening that day. There are also various included experiences like an orientation walks through the city, visits to cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa, and the Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades.
    Free Time: In your free time, you can opt to experience Oaxaca's other great offerings. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban or Mitla, take part in cooking classes to learn about the mouth-watering food of the area, or relax in a cafe in the city's main square, we think there's something for everyone to enjoy.
    Accommodation: Hotel Parador del Dominico (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Oaxaca
    Depart at any time.
    Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Mexico

Cities Visited

Oaxaca

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Inclusions

Meals:
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transportation:
Private vehicle, walking.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Oaxaca Culinary Experience, Oaxaca. Arrival transfer. Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlán and Atzompa. Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades. Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts).

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National Geographic Tours Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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