Oaxaca: Day of the Dead
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Culture, Spirit & Tradition
Experience Oaxaca's timeless traditions at the most electric time of year
Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2023
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8 Day, 7 Nights
Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Atzompa, Soledad Etla
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Locals in skeleton face-paint and colorful costume run past you in a blur. Marigold petals drift through the air like the spirits themselves. Music, laughing and rejoicing ring out in the cacophony of celebration that is Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). You’ve prepped for this parade, learning about traditions from local families and artists, decorating ofrendas (altars) in private homes and family cemeteries. You’ve been the guest of honor and feasted on delicious foods, tasted the finest mezcals, communed with the history of a holiday bigger and bolder than Christmas around here. And you’re in the one place that does it best in all of Mexico: Oaxaca. Throughout this journey, it’s been abundantly clear that Day of the Dead is truly about life, in all its vibrant, eclectic and mesmerizing joy.
Want to explore the epicenter of celebration? Then get ready to ring in Oaxaca’s biggest and boldest holiday of the year. Meet local families getting in the spirit. Learn from artisans whose generations-old techniques define Oaxaca’s feel. Savor traditional mole sauces, spiced chocolate and the most delicious street tacos. Taste authentic flavors in intimate settings and appreciate every moment, as you experience one of the world’s most colorful and vibrant celebrations. This is Mexico like you’ve never imagined, with unparalleled access into family homes for the chance to experience Day of the Dead like a true insider.
Parades and candle-lit processions, the colors and sounds, rituals and ceremony
With local families who invite us into their homes, and into their hearts and private celebrations
Agave farms and ancient pyramids, food markets and artist workshops
Rich mole sauces, tlayudas and street tacos—even toasted grasshoppers!
Día de Muertos
Day of the Dead is a holiday juggernaut in cities, towns and villages across Mexico. But Oaxaca has them all beat. Its multi-day festivities offer a side of culture and tradition you won’t see anywhere else—or at any other time. Get acquainted with the people and the spirits. Join us for a lively, uproarious experience in Oaxaca!
Your Oaxaca Experience
Day of the Dead is a celebration of family, ancestors, the past—and bringing everyone together.
El CallejonOaxaca City
Our home base for the festivities is an easy walk to Oaxaca City’s bustling and beautiful zocalo and city center. It’s the perfect place to feel like we’re in the midst of the Day of the Dead action.
Off a central side street, a few blocks from the zocalo and central shops and eateries, a street gate opens into a breathtaking oasis that’s our Oaxaca City home: a boutique hotel with a dozen spacious rooms blending the city’s distinctive styles. Serenity reigns in its thoughtful garden spaces, with palm trees, covered walkways and an outdoor patio bar.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique, boutique accommodations in Oaxaca City; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; departure airport group transfer.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins on October 27 at 10am at El Callejon hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). We recommend arriving one day prior to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends on November 3 in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm or later from here.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Mexico, but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. On arrival to the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 16 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
For our 2023 departure, you may cancel on or before June 29, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 30, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 28, 2023 there is a 100% cancellation fee. For our 2022 departure, you may cancel on or before June 29, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 30, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 28, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).