Oaxaca for Day of the Dead, 2014
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
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