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Oaxaca: Day of the Dead Tour

1. Oaxaca: Day of the Dead Tour

This celebration is a popular ceremony in which the ancestors are invited to visit beyond the underworld. It is believed that the deceased are granted permission to visit from the beyond. Family members offer their ancestors their favorite foods and drinks on an altar adorned with yellow Mexican marigolds, dead bread, incense, sweet skulls, and in some cases, even the music of their liking. During this wonderful tour, appreciate the main pantheon, a part of this tradition, amongst the tombs, copal, music, and colors of the celebrations. People will celebrate with the souls of the dead and dance together with others of the community who wear their costumes and live the magic of the All Saints' Day festivities. This tour is only available on November 1.

Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

2. Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

Immerse yourself in Oaxacan culture on this day trip. Visit the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, Monte Albán, located in the majestic urban center. This area was known as the religious, political, and economic center of the Zapotec civilization. Walk around the square and explore the Site Museum.  Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures from the top of the archaeological structures. Next, you'll visit San Antonio Arrazola, a magical place of colors and traditions, where the famous artisans will teach you how they carve copal wood. Learn the process of creating the magical figures called "Alebrijes", which represent the innovative spirit of the Oaxacan soul, part of an ancestral tradition of the Zapotecs. Finally, stop at Cuilapam de Guerrero, a Mixtec town famous for its 16th-century Dominican ex-monastery, and San Bartolo Coyotepec, a small town of adobe houses where you'll witness the process of making beautiful black clay figures.

From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

3. From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

Explore the archaeological area of Oaxaca built by the Zapotecs. Learn about its big plazas, truncated pyramids, and the court for playing tlachtli (a type of ball game). Hear about the underground passageways and more than 100 tombs at the site from your professional tour guide. Start your day by being picked up in Oaxaca City, and begin your journey to Monte Alban. Next, visit the town of Arrazola town and fall in love with the authentic wooden figures called Alebrijes. Watch the interesting creation process of these figures which involves carving and painting. Head to Cuilapam de Guerrero town and visit a Dominican Ex-monastery of the 16th-century, known for its unfinished basilica and prominent open chapel. End your magical tour in the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec and meet local artisans who specialize in black pottery (Barro negro). Learn about the techniques used since pre-Columbian times.

Huatulco: Day of the Dead Experience and Tour

4. Huatulco: Day of the Dead Experience and Tour

Your Day of the Dead experience begins with pickup from your hotel and heads out into the lively streets of Huatuclo on one of the most important nights of the year in the Mexican community. With a local guide, learn about and experience first-hand the colorful celebrations that surround the Day of the Dead. A day of reflection and spiritual guidance, the Day of the Dead is a time for families to come together and remember their lost loved ones. Families celebrate the life and times of those they have lost, and put out food, drinks, flowers, incense, gifts, sugar skulls, and more as a way to connect and remember. On the tour, visit the Santa María Huatulco community to learn about and appreciate this important ceremony. In the company of the locals, experience the Day of the Dead and feel immersed in this truly unique and authentic atmosphere. Listen to locals share their stories and thoughts, pay your respects to your own loved ones, and taste typical Day of the Dead cuisine including sugar skulls, candied pumpkin, and mezcal.

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What people are saying about Oaxaca

It was a really incredible experience, as a family it was an enriching tour my daughters of 9 and 6 years old were able to see how they wove backstrap looms in a picturesque workshop full of art in San Tómas Jalieza, observe in the Alebrejies workshop in San Martín how it is the process of creating these majestic pieces, the Casa Negra workshop where we learned step by step the process of black clay in a workshop that is totally familiar, the visit to Monte Alban was magical, the guide Roberto explained perfectly well the history of the Zapotec. Both the guide Roberto and the Driver with their punctuality, explanations and tips make this experience truly incredible.

EXCELLENT TOUR THROUGH SOME OF THE PLACES THAT EVERY TOURIST SHOULD KNOW IN THIS OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE OF OAXACA. ATTENTION FROM ELOY AND EZEQUIEL EXCELLENT, FEELING PASSION FOR THE INFORMATION THEY GIVE US. THE TOUR IS WORTH IT AND YOU DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BUY ANY SOUVENIR FROM THE STATE IF YOU CONSIDER IT. RECOMMENDED 100%

Excellent, everything was very good, the guides took great care in everything, it is highly recommended. congratulations

Super recommended, our guide Eloy and driver Benjamin made our tour incredible thanks to the explanation of each place.

Good value. Nice air-conditioned bus, knowledgeable guide, timely pickup. Monte Alban was awesome. Would book again.