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.
Our private itineraries to Oaxaca are ideal for groups of four or more—you and friends, families, and multi-generational groups. For groups of six or more, an optional Modern Adventure local guide can be arranged.
Yes, we can help you craft an unforgettable milestone celebration, for groups as large as 40 or more.
Our level of curation and care. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end, with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We also support you each step of the way, with comprehensive trip materials and itineraries, detailed day-by-day options, insider destination info, gear recommendations, 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 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 Modern Adventure to ensure the experiences are authentic and immersive, and included in your trip price. This includes all accommodations, local transport and airport transfers, private travel for all day trips and excursions, private tours with local guides and cultural experts, exclusive VIP access and activities, all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.
Private Modern Adventures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by time of year, number of people in your group, types of activities you prefer including private local guides and private transfers.
MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, transportation to your trip’s starting point, hotel incidentals (including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs), and any activities or meals not included in your confirmed MO/AD itinerary.
After learning more about you, your interests and preferred style of travel, as well as your preferred travel dates, we will present you with a detailed itinerary including activities, internal flights, transport and accommodations. In order to check and confirm availability for your group, there is a $750 non-refundable deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost.
Your trip is guaranteed—and your dates secured—with a 25% non-refundable deposit. Many of our local partners, including our hotel and resort partners, require advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip is due 30 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.