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Oaxaca Day of the Dead & Puerto Escondido

In Mexico, death isn’t the end of the road – it’s the beginning of a huge party. Rooted in Aztec tradition, Oaxaca’s colourful Dead of the Dead festivities have been drawing curious visitors for decades. This week-long tour throws you right into the middle of the action with four straight days of parades, macabre costumes, and market visits in search of sugar skulls. Then, it’s off to the coastal town of Puerto Escondido for a few days of well-earned R&R on the beach you’ll be more than grateful for – or, if you’ve still got the energy, parties galore.

Latin America
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CMOP/165824
  • Starts: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Finishes: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Oaxaca
  • Puerto Escondido

Itinerary

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Day 1: Oaxaca

Arrive at any time.
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a festival that runs from October 31 to November 2 to celebrate and remember loved ones who have deceased. Although the festival is to honour those who have passed on, it is a festive and upbeat celebration rather than somber gathering. Families cook feasts and offer them by the graves of those who have passed to encourage them to come back and join in on the festivities. Oaxaca is one of the main hubs of celebrations for Day of the Dead – the cemetery vigils and street parades make this an experience not to miss!

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Day 2: Oaxaca

Stop by a local market to learn about local traditions and ceremonial objects, like sugar skulls, used during Day of the Dead celebrations, then visit a cemetery to see how locals honour the memory of their loved ones.

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Day 3: Oaxaca

Join in the celebrations during a Day of the Dead parade. Experience all that is going on in the zócalo or main square.

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Day 4: Oaxaca

Enjoy free time to take part in the celebrations in the zócalo, spend the day checking out nearby artisan towns, or visit the ruins of Monte Albán.

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Day 5: Oaxaca/Puerto Escondido

Travel to the tropical paradise of Puerto Escondido. Enjoy free time for optional activities, or chill on the beach.

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Day 6: Puerto Escondido

If you haven't hit the waves yet, grab a board and hang ten, then enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

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Day 7: Puerto Escondido

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit to local markets to learn about ceremonial objects used for Day of the Dead
    • Cemetery visit to watch candlelight vigils
    • Day of the Dead parade in Oaxaca
    • Beach time in Puerto Escondido
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share)
    • No meals included
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, overnight bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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