Flexible Schedule : The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the guide to make the best of our time based on events and activities on a day-by-day basis. The guide will go over the schedule with you locally.
Xoxocotlan International Airport - Oaxaca
Summary of The Day: When you arrive at the airport, look for the driver holding a National Geographic Journeys sign. Please approach them, and ask them who they are supposed to be picking up (do not tell them your name, they should have this information already). Once they give you the correct name, have your passport ready to show them and you will be on your way!
Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your Certified Experience Officer (CEO). This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
Joining hotel: Hotel Casantica (Ave Morelos 601, 68000 Oaxaca).
Summary of The Day: Take an orientation walk around Oaxaca with your CEO. Visit two massive markets located just off the “zocalo” (main square), here you'll find many local foods, ornaments, and Day of the Dead essentials for local families.
This tour includes visits to cemeteries in both Xoxocotlan and Atzompa to view the altars and families gathering as dusk turns to dark. The many candles placed around the altars and graves add to the ambiance. In addition, you'll view Day of the Dead parades in both Oaxaca and the Etla Valley. Participants in these parades dress in elaborate costumes and are serenaded by brass bands. Mezcal, served in small plastic cups, is frequently passed out to those watching the parades.
Day of the Dead takes place between October 31 and November 2 and is a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Families will build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries, to be with the souls of the departed. It is believed that the souls will come back to visit and take part in the celebrations. Some of the “ofrendas” (altars) are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honored on November 1. Adults are remembered on November 2. It is generally a festive rather than somber gathering.
The Oaxaca area is well known for its many artisans who make everything from pottery, to elaborate weavings, and mezcal (tequila's cousin). The group will also have the opportunity to visit a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work.
Summary of The Day: Explore the culinary delights of Oaxaca with a local host, who will take us to the local market, the chocolate grinding mills, and a tortilla making workshop. Continue on to a local family's kitchen and taste an array of local cuisine, learn traditional cooking methods, and discuss the food culture in Oaxaca. There’s also free time to explore the city and its surroundings.
Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 15, avg 8.
* Single occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services including airport transfers, pre and post accommodations are subject to final confirmation.
Airport pick-up, drop-off
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
6-night quality accommodations
Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides
Visits to observe cemetery vigils in the towns of Xoxocotlan and Atzompa
Oaxaca and Etla Valley Day of the Dead parades
Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca
Oaxaca culinary experience and dinner
Tour nearby artisan villages
Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
All personal expenses
Service fee to tour guide/driver
Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
- Monte Alban Ruins tour: USD 13.00 (public includes transport), USD 25.00 (private includes transport, entrance and guide)
- Árbol del Tule Excursion: USD 0.50 entrance + Transportation (30 mins from Oaxaca)
- Valley of Mitla Ruins: USD 5.00 entrance + Transportation(1.5 hours from Oaxaca)
- Hierve el Agua: USD 2.00 entrance + Transportation (about 3 hours from Oaxaca)
Travel style: National Geographic Journeys. Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam - all without sacrificing comfort.
Physical rating: Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Tours4Fun cooperates with top local area tour operators and ensures the best quality of services to all travelers. We provide tour coaches that all are insured with a liability insurance coverage from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 to make sure that your trips are safer and more enjoyable.
1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.
- Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
- Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.