Join in the celebrations of one of the world's most bizarre cultural experience – Mexico's Day of the Dead Edition 2016 – on this special festival-themed trip running over the Halloween period. Visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and learn all about their fascination with death. Wander about the sacred indigenous site of Tepoztlan, attend a traditional Day of the Dead holiday in Mixquic and watch elaborated altars dedicated to the decreased in different points of the city. This fun-filled festival trip will leave you with a much more enhanced appreciation for the Mexican way of life for the living and for the dead. We will attend a unique Festival at the end of our itinerary, a Music Festival never edited in Mexico before that will bring for the first time the best of the new age Latinamerican Music for this particular celebration: Catrinas Fest.
¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 11 a.m. on Day 1 (30 Oct).
After the meeting your leader will take you out for a walking tour of Mexico City’s historic centre including the famous Zocalo Square, The Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayorn ruins and National Palace. Free afternoon to take in a little bit more of Mexico City on your own; in the evening we will meet again to enjoy a fantastic and rather creepy performance of an old Mexican Legend known as La Llorona (The Moaning Woman) at the canals of Xochimilco, quite a unique show!!!
This itinerary is designed to provide the best possible experience of the annual Day of the Dead festivities around Mexico City. As such, there is very limited free time to explore many of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Museum of Anthropology, Teotihuacan and Chapultepec Park and other sites. We recommend you stay a few extra days before or after the tour to make the most of this vibrant metropolis. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist.
Day 2 Mexico City
This morning we visit both Museum Anahuacalli and the Frida Kahlo Museum in the leafy neighbourhood of Coyoacan.
Built of black volcanic stone, Museum Anahuacalli was established by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo's husband. During his life he collected nearly 60,000 pre-Hispanic pieces which represent almost all of the indigenous civilizations in Mexico’s history. Both Diego and Frida were obsessed with death which can be seen throughout their art. As such, the museum organizes different activities and workshops during the Day of the Dead celebrations.
The Frida Kahlo Museum is located in the house where the iconic artist lived throughout her life. It contains a collection of her artwork, as well as artefacts, photographs, and personal items.
There will also be free time to explore the Coyoacan food market and art craft market.
Later, head out with the group for an optional evening of dinner and drinks in one of Mexico City's restaurants recommended by your tour leader.
Day 3 Mexico City
First thing in the morning we’ll head to UNAM (University of Mexico) to see its spectacular display of traditional Day of the Dead altars. This is a very popular activity for locals so hopefully we’ll avoid the long queues by arriving early.
The rest of the afternoof is free for you to be amused by the city´s own attractions and later in the evening and participate on the parade of Catrinas and Alebrijes organized by the CDMX government at the Zócalo con so dress up and put some make up on since tonight will be your chance to become a Catrina (girls) or a Catrin (boys) and be part of this bizarre tradition (not Halloween costume) and at the end we should finish the night with some drinks!
Day 4 Mexico City
This morning we leave early and travel to Tepoztlan (approximately 80 km away, located in the nearby Morelos State) to explore this fascinating town, having the opportunity to climb to the top of one of the most famous hills: the beautiful hill known as El Tepozteco, that holds a small pyramid that atop, still considered by many people quite sacred and full of energy, it´s worth the hiking!!
Tepoztlan is also considered the birthplace of the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, and is therefore an important indigenous site. The town itself has a well-preserved historic centre and it is surrounded by soaring cliffs, and it’s the home for both, local and foreigner artists.
Note: The one hour hike up the hill can be quite challenging, so If you don't feel up for it, you can stay and spend more time exploring Tepoztlan.
In our way back to Mexico city, We will take you late in the evening to visit the small town of Mixquic, where we will visit an important cemetery for this particular occasion to be part of this ultimate and shocking experience, we will get to see the real deal at the cemetery where families will spend the night with their dead ones, Catrinas, music, flowers, candles, food and more, on this special night: ¡Día de Muertos!
Day 5 Mexico City
After Breakfast, (late breakfast) we will head towards the archaeological site of Teotihuacan to visit this impressive place, we will show you around and give you the opportunity to climb its temples (Sun and Moon Pyramids) and get to experience the ruins of a city built more than 2,000 years ago, after this, we will stay around to join a Legends Tour in the town of Otumba (15 min away) and dinner afterwards.
Day 6 Puebla
After Breakfast we will drive towards the City of Puebla, a 2 ½ hrs drive, on route we will stop to visit the town of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, famous for its indigenous baroque church and then we will drive to Puebla City, after check in we can go for a walking orientation tour, the rest of the day is for you to relax or explore Puebla beautiful historic center, perhaps at night we can get together for dinner.
Day 7. MUSIC FESTIVAL DAY!
Transfer to the Magic town of Cholula after breakfast, visit to its archaeological site, tunnels inside the Great Pyramid and visit to the Sanctuary of the Lady of the Remedies, break for lunch, check in at the hotel and Catrinas´s Fest time!!!
Our journey comes to an end , maybe a good-bye breakfast and farewell to your new friends.
Accommodation three stars hotel (4 nights)
Mexico City Tour
Mexico Museo Anahuacalli
Frida Kahlo Museum
El Tepozteco Ruins
San Andres Mixquic Cemetery
Entrance Music Festival: Catrinas