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Oaxaca for Day of the Dead, 2014

The markets of Oaxaca will be just one part of our 2014 trip to Day of the Dead.

The markets of Oaxaca will be just one part of our 2014 trip to Day of the Dead.

Oaxaca is always a cool place to relax and soak in history and culture. This October/November we will travel there to take in the Day of the Dead.

Here is the itinerary:

Oaxaca Day of the Dead
October   29- November 5, 2014
From   Authentic Mexico Travel
Date Overnight City Hotel Included Meals Activities Notes
Oct 29, Wednesday Oaxaca Hostal   de Noria 951.501.5400 D Arrive   in Oaxaca City (OAX). Welcome! Time to get settled, get acquainted with each   other as well as with the lovely central plaza nearby. Be sure and get you   arrival info to Dave and look for the “AuthenticMexicoTravel” sign   at the airport. You have the   option of arriving Oct 26 in Mexico City and experiencing Puebla City for two   days. You would transfer by van to Oaxaca City with your guide. Contact Dave   for info on this add on.
Oct   30, Thursday Oaxaca Hostal   de Noria B,L,D This   morning we will visit the vast Monte Alban ruins west of town. Then in the   afternoon we will stroll the Santo Domingo market back in Oaxaca City and get   a good introduction to the Day of the Dead culture, afterlife beliefs,   ancestor worship, as well as some of the crafts that go along with the   celebration. Monte Alban is   the ancient Zapotec capital that sits on a hill just west of town. It   commands a panoramic view and was first occupied around 500 BC. The market   will be buzzing as people from Oaxaca and surrounding villages come to buy   food, flowers, candles- all in preparation for Day of the Dead celebrations.
Oct   31, Friday Oaxaca Hostal de Noria B Lots   of free time during the day to take in local sights- churches, museums, etc   as you like. You may want to rest up for the night ahead. In the evening   various options all night to take in various processions, graveyard watches.   At 2am there is the option to travel to nearby Santa Maria Atzompa to take in   this small town cemetery ritual. 8pm is the   procession honoring Our Lady of the Rosary starting at Santo Domingo. Then at   midnight to nearby Xoxocotlan for a velan (where locals stay at decorated   graves to receive the souls of the dead and dine with them). Then to Atzompa   at 2am.
Nov 1,   Saturday Huyapam Hotel Huayapam Yú’ú Spa   951.540.8068 B,D The   morning is free to sleep late and relax. Then we travel to nearby Etla   villages to take in the afternoon traditional parades called comparsas. Then   we are back to the market where we will buy our supplies to make our own   altars. Then we are off to the country where we will build our altar. We will buy   flowers, sugar skulls,candles, etc in the big Central de Abastos market. This   is where most locals buy their supplies as well.
Nov 2,   Sunday Huayapam Hotel   Huayapam Yú’ú Spa B,D This   morning we have a cooking class and learn how the locals make tamales and   other foods. Then in the afternoon we will see some local homes and the   altars that locals have built and perhaps visit some local graveyards as   well. This small town   of about 350 will give a close look at local customs – we will taste some   unique foods and perhaps even the local brew. The nearby giant tree at Tule   is a mysterious and historic giant.
Nov 3,   Monday Oaxaca Parador   San Miguel  951.514.9331 B,D A   morning option to travel to the pristine area near the waterfall at Ixtepeji   and experience some prime jungle areas. Then in the afternoon we travel to   one of the flower towns south of Oaxaca –and an area where there is   chocolate that Oaxaca is famous for! Then back to Oaxaca City for the   evening. The humid   climate in this area makes for perfect flower production. There are also   local chocolate shops-a Oaxacan specialty!
Nov   4, Tuesday Oaxaca Parador   San Miguel B,D Day   trip to the east of Oaxaca to towns where the intricate natural dyed wool   carpets are produced, areas of small Mezcal factories, and the archaeological   site of Mitla and perhaps Yagul. Along the way the cemeteries will be   splashed with the colors of 1000s of Day of the Dead decorations. You may opt to   relax for the day and take in more of Oaxaca City. Mitla was once known as   “Place of the Dead”. This site is known for its intricate   stonework. Be sure to grab some mezcal to share at our final dinner tonight!
Nov   5, Wednesday B Today   we fly home from Oaxaca (OAX)–be sure to communicate your arrival and   departure info to Dave. There is the   option to stay for extra days in Oaxaca.



And here are the details:

The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

October 29- November 5, 2014

Authentic Mexico Travel


Eight days and seven nights in lovely Oaxaca at the best time of year. We will immerse in this lovely place right during the fascinating and mysterious Day of the Dead celebrations. We will walk the streets, eat our way through the markets, and explore the graveyards of OaxacaCity and the small towns around.


This week will be filled with options for experiences including:

  • Remote      ruins and history
  • Local      Day of the Dead festivals
  • Local      cooking made real as we learn to make ethnic foods
  • Evenings      seeing the traditions close up
  • All      kinds of crafts and art including wool weavers
  • The      incredible foods of Oaxaca-      including chocolate
  • Brews      of the area from pulque to mescal
  • Much      more as we amble about the area in this enchanting holiday season


The trip begins and ends in Oaxaca City (OAX), so make your reservations to arrive there Oct 29 and leave November 5.


Note: You can arrive early if you want and of course stay late. We can connect you to the hotels we are using or suggest others.

Special note: For those who want, we have an option to arrive in Mexico City(MEX) early and include Mexico   City and PueblaCity in your trip. This makes your flight a bit cheaper and here is the schedule:

Oct 26- arrive Mexico City and stay at Hotel Marlowe

Oct 27- Walking tour of central city and then travel 2 hrs to PueblaCity and the lovely Hotel Palma

Oct 28 – all day to see Cholula, the talavera works, art areas and so much more at your choice

Oct 29- travel to Oaxaca by van

Then at the end of the Oaxaca trip you can return from the Oaxaca airport. We will include this if there are at least 3 people interested.



Included meals are noted on the itinerary.

Includes all transport from and back to the Oaxaca airport, guide, entrance fees, cooking class, ingredients for altar.

Does not include alcohol, tips and miscellaneous personal expenses.

We will supply a list of what to bring and money needs you may have on the trip.


Price with double room: $1595 USD

Price with single room: $1845 USD

Please pay $500 deposit with your registration and the balance by September 25, 2014

Send checks to Dave Hensleigh, 514 S Edwin, Champaign, IL61821


Pay by Paypal on our site with a 3% charge.


To Register: I will forward you the registration form and payment info. davehensleigh@gmail.com

The foods of Oaxaca will be one of the big draws for this Day of the Dead trip.

The foods of Oaxaca will be one of the big draws for this Day of the Dead trip.


2 Responses so far.

  1. […] year on Day of the Dead, we are doing a trip to Oaxaca and there will lots of food experiences […]

  2. Melanie Bussard says:

    Hi, Dave

    Copper Canyon was a great trip. I still want to see Oaxaca/that part of Mexico, ruins, birds and the turtles would be a great draw but Day of the Dead is more on my list of things to avoid. Hope you plan more of an “eco-tour” soon. – or would you recommend a local guide?


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