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Mexico: Day of the Dead Puebla, Mexico City, Oaxaca

October 27 – November 7/2020
Online Registration open February 2020

With guides: Julio Cochoy and Doris Kizinna

Cost available very soon! We are still working on the budget!

Experience Puebla, Oaxaca and Mexico City on our first Dia de los Muertos Tour with World Pilgrim. 

We begin the tour with one night in Mexico City to gather us all together and for some orientation and then head to Puebla, famous for it’s architecture and production of pottery and tile and one of the best cuisines in Mexico.  We will spend almost two days there exploring the city on a walking tour, visiting Cholula, getting to know the pottery, markets and cuisine of Puebla!  Then we travel to Oaxaca to experience the Dia de los Muertos Festival. The Day of the Dead is alive and vibrant in Mexico and especially in the small city of Oaxaca melding pre-hispanic traditions with Catholic traditions in an expression of life, death, and remembering that is full of colour and beauty.  The days of Nov. 1 and 2 are a time to honor deceased loved ones all over Mexico and in Oaxaca is coincides with a Festival on the Plaza de Los Muertos.  Many markets are set up with items needed to decorate the graves of loved ones and share in the special foods of the season.  Marigolds, chocolate, sugar, candles, skulls, art.  Families will buy their items in the markets and then in their homes will build an altar to honor those in their families who have died.  Processions to honor the souls take place on the days of Oct. 31-Nov. 2.  We will visit Oaxaca during these special days as well as some of the sites outside of Oaxaca:  Monte Alban (archeological site), the textile village of Teotitlan, Mezcal factory, one of the largest trees in the world, and Hierve el Agua (petrified waterfall).  After our days in Oaxaca we will travel back to Mexico City together and explore one of the world’s largest cities for three full days.  We will stay in the Centro Historico and visit museums, the Zocalo, the Ballet Folklorico, artisan markets, Garabaldi Square for the Mariachi, Frida Kahlo’s home museum, the museum of Anthropology and much more. Throughout the journey we will enjoy the wonderful food of Mexico, sharing most meals together. 

Itinerary:

Oct. 26: MEXICO CITY: Fly into Mexico City from your location, we will meet you at the airport and we will stay overnight at Hotel Marlowe, in Centro Historico, Mexico City.  Freetime during day and Dinner and Orientation meeting.  Hotel Marlowe.

Oct. 27: PUEBLA:  Breakfast at Hotel, load up our bus and drive to the city of Puebla (3 hours).  Settle into hotel and visit Puebla.  Puebla is famous for its architecture, and you will visit the main plaza, cathedral, the convent of Santa Monica and the Chapel of the Rosary, to see examples of its buildings.  Walking Tour of Puebla.  You’ll have time to rest in the afternoon or wander the beautiful centro on your own. 

Oct. 28: PUEBLA:  We will pay a visit to a Talavera factory, which makes the famous colorful Mexican pottery. Learn about the art tradition.  Craft Market.   Lunch together and an afternoon option to visit Cholula, a  Dinner at Restaurant El Mural de los Poblanos, slow food Pueblo style. 

Oct. 29: OAXACA: Breakfast at Hotel, load up our bus and drive to Oaxaca (5 hours, with a lunch break).  Walking tour of Oaxaca and dinner out.  Hotel:  Hotel Victoria Oaxaca  https://hotelvictoriaoax.com.mx/

Oct. 30: OAXACA: Breakfast at Hotel, shuttle to Centro Historico, Walking Tour of Oaxaca, visits to the Zocalo (main square), various Churches, Artesana Market.  Lunch on your own.   Get a sense of Oaxaca.  Afternoon cooking class at La Cocina Oaxaquena and dinner there. Freetime in evening.   

Oct. 31: OAXACA: Breakfast at Hotel.  Depart for Teotitlan (village) to visit the community, tour the textile and carpet workshops, visit the cemetary and altars in the community, visit the Arbol de Tule, one of the largest trees in the world, and a Mezcal producer doing it the old fashioned way.  Lunch together in Teotitlan.  Freetime back in Oaxaca.  Dinner together in Oaxaca.  Freetime in evening.

Nov. 1: OAXACA: November 1st is the most traditional and culturally fascinating day of the Day of the Dead celebrations. On this day families prepare altars for their deceased loved ones, which they display at homes and over graves at cemeteries.  We will take part in the Day of the Dead Festival happening throughout Oaxaca, watch the parade, have our faces painted, visit to a cemetary, art markets, and the market for altar supplies.  Lunch on your own.  Freetime in afternoon.  Dinner together. 

Nov. 2: OAXACA: Breakfast at Hotel, morning visit to Monte Alban, spectacular mountain top archeological temples.   Monte Alban was inhabited for 1,500 years by the Olmec, Zapotec and Mixtec peoples, and is an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre.  Head back to Oaxaca, lunch together, then freetime to explore more of the Dia de los Muertos Festival, Dinner together, evening wandering through the city.  Shuttle back to Hotel.

Nov. 3: MEXICO CITY: Breakfast at Hotel, load up our bus and depart for Mexico City (8 hours)  Lunch stop enroute.  Dinner and overnight at Hotel Marlowe:  https://en.hotelmarlowe.com.mx/

Nov. 4: MEXICO CITY:   After breakfast at the Hotel walk to the Zocalo, one of the largest main squares on earth.  Visit the Catholic National Cathedral and the Diego Rivera Murals in the Palacio Nacional.  Lunch on your own.  Freetime in the afternoon.  4pm Trip to the Artisans Market.   Meet for dinner at 7 pm at the Hotel and attend the Ballet Folklorico evening show at Palacio Bellas Artes.

Nov. 5: MEXICO CITY:   Visit the Pilgrimage site of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lunch out, then trip to the Museum of Anthropology in Chapultapec Park, late afternoon free, 7 pm dinner at Café Tacuba. Mariachi at Garabaldi Square. 

Nov. 6: MEXICO CITY:   Visit to Coyacan and Frida Kahlo’s famous blue house museum, lunch on the main square in Coyacan, option to visit the Museo Folklorico or final afternoon free, 7 pm closing Party and dinner to celebrate the tour. 

Nov. 7: MEXICO CITY: Breakfast at Hotel and departures, stay on in Mexico or fly home.  Last meal of the tour will be breakfast.  Buen viaje!

Hotels:
Mexico City: Hotel Marlowe:
https://en.hotelmarlowe.com.mx/

Puebla: Casona de China Poblana
https://casonadelachinapoblana.mx/

Oaxaca: Hotel Victoria Oaxaca
https://hotelvictoriaoax.com.mx/