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Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Cooking Class & Market Experience

Fully immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead, Oaxaca

This tour is 1 Day ex Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
Tour date: October 30th, 2024 

Each event Size: Min 10 – Max 18 (if minimum numbers are not met, the tour will be canceled/refunded)

Our Belief: We are dedicated to preserving and celebrating Oaxaca’s rich culinary heritage, particularly during the Day of the Dead festivities. This event isn’t just about remembering those who have passed; it’s a vibrant celebration of life, reflected in our traditional cuisine. Our cooking class connects you to this deep cultural fabric, bringing to life age-old recipes and local ingredients in each dish.

Our Approach: Our commitment to authenticity shapes our offering. Local experts, steeped in their own heritage, lead our classes, ensuring a genuine connection to Oaxacan culinary traditions. We focus on professional service, respect for local customs, and a deep desire to share our culture. By joining us, you’re not just learning to cook; you’re stepping into the heart of Oaxaca.

The Experience: Immerse yourself in the essence of Oaxaca with our Day of the Dead Cooking Class and Market Experience. Explore local markets and learn about unique ingredients essential to traditional dishes such as Mole Negro and Tamales. In our hands-on class, you’ll prepare these iconic recipes, with vegetarian and vegan options available. This experience is an open invitation to connect with Oaxaca’s culture and celebrate life through its flavors.

Book now for a delicious culinary adventure that honors heritage and tradition.

*Space is limited! – This is an exclusive event in Oaxaca and only happens once a year. Thousands of other people will be in Oaxaca for the festivities – hotels in the area sell out quickly! Try to reserve as early as possible (6+ months in advance is suggested).

Immerse yourself further in the vibrant traditions of Oaxaca with our Day of the Dead Event, where you’ll delve into historical insights, partake in the sacred art of altar building, and experience the solemn beauty of a nearby pantheon – a perfect complement to your marigold field journey. Book your Day of the Dead Experience here!

Are you a solo female traveler or traveling with a group of women and want to join an event made especially for you? Check out our women-only Day of the Dead Experience

Will you be staying for the whole week of the Day of the Dead and want to experience more of the culture and celebrations? Explore our Day of the Dead tours to find more Dia de los Muertos-themed tours and events.

Want to learn more about Dia de los Muertos? Check out our extensive Oaxaca Day of the Dead trip planner for tips, history, and more!

Early-bird tickets are $135 USD  (only until April 30, 2024)
Regular tickets are $150 USD
Inclusions are listed below.


Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Cooking Class & Market Experience

Experience Day of the Dead in Oaxaca through your senses, with a hands-on cooking class, and specialty dia de los muertos foods


Item Details
Meeting Point Central Meeting Point, in Oaxaca City – to be emailed before the event.
End Point Central Departure Point in Oaxaca City – same as the meeting point.
Duration Up to 7 hours
Physical Level Moderate – This experience involves moderate walking and being on your feet in the kitchen
Cultural Rating Moderate – a good balance of cultural history, and engaging with locals.
Ages 18+ (minors to be accompanied by adults/guardians)
Group Size Public – Min 10, Max 18


Itinerary for the Oaxaca Day of the Dead Cooking Class

This is a half-day tour.

Embrace the rich traditions of Oaxaca’s Day of the Dead with our specially curated cooking class. Dive into the heart of this culturally significant festival through its cuisine, preparing traditional dishes that define this commemoration. Our class focuses on renowned Day of the Dead specialties such as Mole, Tamales, Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, and more, offering a true taste of this revered holiday.


  1. Local Market Tour: Our day begins with a sensory journey through a local market. Discover the vibrant colors and fragrances of fresh ingredients essential to Day of the Dead recipes. Engage with local vendors and learn about the unique produce and spices that are the building blocks of your culinary creations.
  2. Welcome and Introduction: Upon arrival at our cooking venue, we’ll start with an introduction to the Day of the Dead’s culinary traditions. Our expert chefs will guide you through the significance of each dish you’ll be preparing, setting the stage for your immersive cooking experience.
  3. Cooking Session: Delve into the preparation of authentic Day of the Dead dishes. You’ll learn to create a variety of traditional recipes, each carrying its own history and significance. This hands-on experience is designed to connect you with the essence of Oaxacan cuisine. We also cater to various dietary preferences, ensuring that vegetarian and vegan options are available to all participants.
  4. Meal and Celebration: The experience culminates in a communal meal, where you will savor the dishes crafted during the class. This is not just a meal but a celebration of life, death, and culinary heritage. Share stories, experiences, and enjoy the communal spirit that embodies the Day of the Dead festival.

Additional Information:

  • This class is an educational journey into the heart of Oaxacan culture, tying together culinary art with historical and spiritual significance.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive experience that is suitable for all cooking skill levels.
  • A drink will be provided to complement your meal, and additional beverages will be available for purchase.

As your Oaxacan Muertos-themed cooking class draws to a close, take a moment to appreciate the shared experiences and the culinary skills you’ve acquired. This is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the day’s journey and the rich cultural insights gained.. This Day of the Dead cooking class is more than just learning recipes; it’s a celebration of cultural heritage and an homage to the timeless traditions of Oaxaca during Day of the Dead.

Booking Information:

Spots fill up fast! To book your spot on this delicious and sacred journey, make your reservation on our website today!


Please note: There is no Dress Code! You will be visiting local markets and your host chef, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – it is recommended to bring modest, comfortable clothes.


What to bring to the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Mitla and Pan de Muerto Experience?

Oaxaca generally has hot days and fairly cool nights at this time of year. It is not uncommon to get some rain, as this is the end of the rainy season.
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable with that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Long sleeves
– Dresses are ok too – many choose to dress in local textiles during this event
– Cash. Should you choose to buy any additional food, drinks, or souvenirs while on tour, most market vendors only accept cash (in Mexican Pesos).  Also, ensuring you have enough for a taxi back to your hotel, or on to the next party/event after is always a good idea. Only bring enough cash for what you think you will need, and leave the rest in your hotel room’s safe.

What is included with the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead cooking class?

Your cooking class and market experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained Oaxacan English-speaking host who will facilitate your experience in the market and the kitchen
– the dia de los muertos-themed cooking class ingredients
– a meal (cooked by you) and a non-alcoholic drink.

What is not included when on your Day Of The Dead Experience?

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (to the meeting point, and back from the endpoint – both inside Oaxaca’s city center)
– Accommodations in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional drinks or food

Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation

For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, supports and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.

Cancellations & Rebooking

All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modeled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.

Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of making your reservation.

Should you give us more than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in a “safety deposit box” (a lifetime deposit), to be used for a future travel date, either by you or to be transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is canceled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.

Should you give us less than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, your booking will be subject to a full loss of deposit. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your experience. To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations will be subject to a loss of the ticket. If you can find someone to buy your ticket for you, transfers are available, at the face value of the ticket (no increase in price will be permitted).

This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance which will be able to reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.


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