Mexico City & Puebla
Mexico City & Puebla, Mexico
Day of the Dead Tour
October 28 - November 6, 2020
In Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of life and death, a reaffirmation of indigenous life. During the tour we will see private and community ofrendas (altars) that are meant to welcome spirits back to the world of the living. Highlights in Mexico City will be Frida’s “Blue House”, the Zocalo, Teotithuacan and the Floating Gardens. In Puebla, a walking tour of the town, craft workshops and visits to villages, where we learn how Day of the Dead started and the traditions that make it unique.
Lodging (standard room with two double/queen beds)
Most meals (see itinerary)
Group ground transportation Puebla to Mexico City airport
Daily tours with local guide and private van (see itinerary)
Admissions to museums, churches and archaeological sites
Dates: Oct. 28 - Nov. 6, 2020
Duration: 10 days; 9 nights
$3000 per person (double occupancy)
$3650 per person (single occupancy)
Tour is limited to 12 people and will run with a minimum of 8 people
DAY 1: Wednesday, October 28 (D)
Upon arrival in Mexico City, you will make your way via taxi to the hotel. Free time to wander around until our group dinner. Overnight in Mexico City.
DAY 2: Thursday, October 29 (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, our first stop of the day is Casa Azul which was the house where Frida Kahlo grew up. It is now a museum where you can see original paintings from her and Diego Rivera. Next we will head to the Mercado de Coyoacan. Lunch will be at a restaurant near the Plaza de Coyoacan. We continue our journey in Coyoacan with visits to the San Juan Bautista Church and Convent one of the oldest temples of the Valley of Mexico, as well as the Conchita Chapel, which is considered a jewel of baroque art. Walk the Plaza de Coyoacan and enjoy the Coyote sculptures in the square. Later in the afternoon we will head to Xochimilco for a boat trip along the “floating gardens’ while we listen to the Mariachi musicians. Balance of the day is free time. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Mexico City.
DAY 3: Friday, October 30 (B,L)
This morning we leave the hotel and head to the most important church in Mexico City – the Basilica of Guadalupe, the patron Saint of Mexico who is visited by millions of Mexicans every year. Next stop is Teotihuacan, where you can climb the pyramids. Teotihuacan was constructed between 200 BC and 700C by an unknown tribe that we later called the Teotihuacanos. The Aztecs adopted the name, “The City of Gods”. The temple Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl are just a few examples of what you can expect to see there. You need good walking shoes today.
DAY 4: Saturday, October 31 (B,L)
HALLOWEEN / ALL HALLOWS EVE - After breakfast we are scheduled to visit the Historic district, The National Palace with the famous murals of Diego Rivera. In ancient times, Mexico City was called Tenochtitlan and an estimated 250,000 Aztecs lived here making it the largest city in the world. The remains can be seen when we visit the Templo Mayor next to the Zocalo (the main square). We will also visit the Cathedral. In the afternoon the Museum of Anthropology and History is on the schedule. This museum has been open to the public since 1966 and houses treasures that have been found in archaeological sites from various regions in Mexico. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Mexico City.
DAY 5: Sunday, November 1 (B,L)
ALL SAINTS DAY - Today we leave Mexico City for our drive to Puebla. We begin our time in Puebla with a walking tour of the city which includes the Palafoxian Library, Rosary Chapel, Cathedral, El Parian artists area, Candy Street and Talavera Street. We will have lunch along the tour route and continue through the city streets to finish our tour. After checking into the hotel, you will have free time to explore the city. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Puebla.
DAY 6: Monday, November 2 (B,L)
OLD SOULS DAY - Day of the Dead in Mexico means the gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey. We start the day with a visit to Atlixco, known for its flowers and flower markets. It’s Day of the Dead, so we should be able to enjoy a brightly colored Zocalo filled with flowers. We are off to Huaquechula where we will have the unique opportunity to visit local homes and view their altars. After lunch we will visit more altars and and the Amaranth House in the village of Tochimilco. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Puebla.
DAY 7: Tuesday, November 3 (B,L)
This morning we drive to Zacatlan to see the art displayed at the town cemetery and walking tour of the city which includes the famous clock factory. Zacatlan is a town located in the Sierra Norte de Puebla region. The area is known for it’s production of apples, other fruit and fruit wines.
It is also home to the Relojes Centenario company, the first clock factory in Latin America and the builder of the city’s double sided flower clock in the main square. The historic center of the city is filled with traditional houses with red tile roofs. In the afternoon we drive to Chignahuapan, visiting the town highlights. Chignahuapan is famous for their Christmas ornaments, several markets and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception which has the biggest figure of the Virgin Mary in Latin America. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Puebla.
DAY 8: Wednesday, November 4 (B,L)
Today’s schedule will include: Cholula Archaeological Site and Museum including touring the Tunnels. Then on to Calpan to visit the San Andres Monastery which is still used by monks for prayer services and just one of the many monasteries standing near Popocatépetl. Its architecture features exquisite craftsmanship and blends European and indigenous symbolism in intricate patterns. Lunch in Calpan, known for their Chiles de Nogada. And finally a stop at the Archaeological site of Cacaxtla. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Puebla.
DAY 9: Thursday, November 5 (B,D)
Free day in Puebla to explore on your own. Perhaps a cooking class or an optional Street Food of Puebla Tour. Tonight we have our final group dinner. Overnight in Puebla.
DAY 10: Friday, November 6 (B)
Time to head home. Included in the tour is group transportation to the Mexico City airport for an afternoon departure. If your flight leaves earlier, you will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements.
B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner
Meals not included in itinerary
Tips to driver, guide, etc.
Non-group transportation to/from airport