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Day of the Dead altar

Trip Highlights

Day 1 Fly to Oaxaca... Day 2 Tour town of Oaxaca, visit regional museum... Day 3 Ocotlan market, crafts tour, visit pottery artisans... Day 4 Food market, cooking with our hostess... Day 5 Tour Monte Alban ruins, town of Atzompa... Day 6 Free day or optional tour of Yagul, Mitla ruins... Day 7 Altar ceremony, night cemetery visit... Day 8 Artisan tour of rug weavers in Teotitlan, Day of the Dead procession... Day 9 Free day to people watch or visit market... Day 10 Fly back to U.S.

9 nights lodging

Oaxaca: The
Heart of Mexico

Day of the Dead Festival,
Artisans, Cooking & Ruins

Located 300 miles southeast of Mexico City, Oaxaca (wah-HAH-kah) is one of the most colorful cities in Mexico and a World Heritage Site.

People from all over the world go there for the Day of the Dead, a celebration and rite of mourning that blends Catholic and indigenous traditions. It is a time when the living and the dead joyfully greet each other again for a short while. Altars for departed loved ones are set up with flowers and food, and families visit their graves. Our wonderful guide, native Oaxacan Nora Guiterrez personalizes this holiday and brings us into her family to celebrate and understand the spirit of El Dia De Los Muertos.

Oaxaca is also renowned for its quality arts and crafts, pyramids and ruins, and local markets. A highlight of the trip is our tour of the Monte Alban ruins. We’ll make crafts visits in local villages, where beautiful creations from master rug weavers may be purchased. We’ll visit the workshops of the Aguilar sisters, well-known for their folk-art ceramics, and artisans making fanciful and brilliantly painted wooden figures known as alebrije. Yes, women, you can shop till you drop in Oaxaca, and all at great prices.

Our B&B is lovely and comfortable, close to the Zocalo, and has a Margarita happy hour at the end of the day. Restaurants offer fine cuisine, and one day we’ll learn how to cook an authentic Oaxacan mole from Nora. Join us on this wild and fun trip to wonderful Oaxaca!

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  • Activity:
    Hiking Light
  • Date:
    Oct. 25 - Nov. 3, 2008
  • Rating: Easy
  • Cost: $2,995
  • Deposit: $500
  • Note: Price subject to change until your deposit is made.
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