Day of the Dead is a holiday juggernaut in cities, towns and villages across Mexico. But Oaxaca has them beat. Its multi-day festivities offer a side of culture and tradition you won’t see anywhere else—or at any other time. Explore one of the epicenters of celebration and ring in Oaxaca’s biggest and boldest holiday of the year, with access to people and places you simply won't find anywhere else.
Be a part of it all, with a unique insider's perspective. Learn the traditions from local artists who invite you into their studios, and from local families who'll welcome you into their celebrations as they build and decorate ofrendas (altars) in homes and at family cemeteries. Feast on delicious foods, taste the finest mezcals, commune with a holiday that is truly about life, in all its vibrant and mesmerizing joy.
Lively, uproarious and a joyful celebration of life. Day of the Dead in Oaxaca is for anybody who appreciate cultural connections and really, really good food.
Day of the Dead is a multi-day celebration starting October 30 and running through November 2 (All Soul's Day). Parades and processions fill the days prior to the festival.
There is so much to see and experience in Oaxaca, let us craft your unforgettable celebration... and maybe add a few days in Mexico City or beachside to unwind.
Our small boutique hotels are a peaceful oasis in Oaxaca City, and the ideal ways to get acquainted with local life.
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.
We can plan a custom, private departure for any group size. Our custom trips are perfect for a couple wishing to travel on their own, a family, or a multi-generational group. If you’re looking to travel on one of our group departures on a private basis, a minimum number of travelers may apply.
Yes, we can craft an unforgettable milestone celebration or company retreat for groups as large as 40 or more.
Our level of curation, care, and in-country connections. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We support you every step of the way with comprehensive itineraries, detailed day-by-day descriptions, insider destination info, and 24/7 dedicated support.
Day of the Dead is one of the busiest times of the year in Oaxaca. We recommend you book six to nine months in advance, as we stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible.
We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.
MO/AD Private Departures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.
MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, gratuities for local guides, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.
After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to design a detailed itinerary and check availability, there is a $500 non-refundable planning deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. Once your itinerary is perfect, we require a 25% non-refundable confirmation deposit to start confirming all of your arrangements. Many of our local partners and hotels require additional advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to travel.
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 in 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.
See our Terms & Conditions for complete details about our policies regarding your MO/AD Private Departure booking.