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Ultimate Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience – 7 Days of Cultural Activities

Fully immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead, Oaxaca

This tour is 7 Days ex Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
Tour Start date: October 27th, 2024
Tour End date: November 2nd, 2024 

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

We believe that the Oaxaca Day of the Dead experience provides a profound connection with Mexican culture, bursting with ancient rituals. The series of events curated for this week-long tour is designed to provide an immersive and meaningful exploration of the rich customs surrounding this iconic festival.

Your WSE Travel Guru, a knowledgeable and passionate expert in Oaxacan culture and Day of the Dead customs, will be your guide throughout this journey. From the vibrant marigold fields to the intimate candlelit vigils, each day unfolds a new layer of understanding, connecting you deeply to the local traditions and their symbolic significance.

Join us to discover the true essence of Oaxaca during this mesmerizing festival. Participate in local crafts, learn the culinary secrets of the region, and connect with the ancestral spirit of the Day of the Dead. Experience the profound connection between the living and the departed, as you immerse yourself in the colorful, spirited, and reverential atmosphere of this extraordinary celebration.

*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).

Not interested in the full package? Each Day of the Dead event and tour can also be booked individually so you can mix-match your perfect trip! Find them here, or read the descriptions below!

Immerse yourself further in the cultural traditions of Oaxaca with our Day of the Dead Event, where you’ll travel into ancestral practices, partake in the sacred artisanal craftmanship, and experience the beauty of the indigenous cultures Oaxaca is famously known for – a perfect complement to your Day of the Dead visit. Book your Artisanal Oaxaca Tours 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 Event or sign up for the public one-night of cultural immersion Oaxaca Day of the Dead event.

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

First Tier Early-bird tickets are $725 USD per person  (only until April 30, 2024) 
Second Tier Early Birdy tickets are $795 USD per person (only until August 31, 2024)
Regular tickets are $850 USD per person
Inclusions are listed below.


Ultimate Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience
7 Days of Cultural Activities

We’ve combined all of our Day of the Dead experiences and tours into a full package, with a couple of bonuses, to get the most out of Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca!


Item Details
Meeting Point Central Meeting Point, in Oaxaca City – to be emailed before the event.
End Point Central End Point in Oaxaca City – same as the meeting point.
Duration 7 days of activities
Physical Level Moderate – Some activities involve minimal walking and moving around
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 Ultimate Oaxaca Day of the Dead Experience

This is a 7-day event – mixing all of our Oaxaca Day of the Dead tours and experiences into one complete (and discounted) package.

October 27, 2024

Welcome Dinner
This is an exclusive dinner for guests who have bought the full package. It will be an opportunity to meet other members of your group, some of the Where Sidewalks End team, and start getting into the Dia de los Muertos mood! Throughout the week, each activity will include your group members, but also those who have bought only one or two activities. The people you share your dinner with tonight will be those who you will get to experience all of Day of the Dead with while in Oaxaca.
Timing: 6 PM – 8 PM
Transport: Not included – we will meet at the restaurant
Meals: Dinner & Drinks included

October 28, 2024

Marigold and Professional Photoshoot Experience
Begin your day with a scenic drive to the lush marigold fields. These vibrant blooms are a staple in Day of the Dead altars, symbolizing the fragility of life. Amid golden petals, enjoy a professional photoshoot, capturing the essence of the tradition and the beauty of the landscape. Experience an interactive session on the significance of marigolds in local customs. Photos will be professionally edited and delivered within 3-4 weeks as a lasting memento.
Timing: 9 AM – 4 PM
Transport: Included – we meet at a central meeting point
Meals: Lunch is included
More Details or book individually: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Marigold Fields Tour

October 29, 2024

Mask Making Experience
Dive into the world of Oaxacan artisans and their renowned marionette statues. Engage in a workshop dedicated to painting Day of the Dead ‘diablos’ masks, where local artists will guide you through the painting process, sharing stories of their craft. Explore the themes of mythology and cultural symbolism as you paint your own mask, gaining insight into its role in local celebrations. This personalized creation will be a unique souvenir and a gateway to local parades.
Timing: 9 AM – 1 PM
Transport: Not included – we can walk from a central meeting point today
Meals: Not included as this is a short experience between meal times
More Details or book individually: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mask Making

October 30, 2024

Mitla and Pan de Muertos Experience
Visit the archaeological wonder of Mitla, and understand its historical ties to the Day of the Dead. Wander through ancient Zapotec ruins and learn about their deep connection to ancestral spirits. Then, participate in an exclusive bakery workshop where you’ll engage in the art of decorating Pan de Muertos, a traditional bread. This interactive experience offers an authentic glimpse into the culinary customs that honor the departed.
Timing: 9 AM – 3 PM
Transport: Included – we meet at a central meeting point
Meals: Lunch will be included
More Details or book individually: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mitla Tour

October 31, 2024

Cooking Class and Market Visit Experience
Embark on a culinary journey at the bustling 20 de Noviembre market. Discover exotic ingredients and local produce, essential to the Day of the Dead cuisine. Then, ascend to Muro for an immersive cooking class. Under the guidance of Chef Eduardo Vera, learn to create traditional dishes in a setting focused on culinary empowerment. This hands-on experience not only enhances your cooking skills but also deepens your understanding of Oaxacan food traditions.
Timing: 9 AM – 3 PM
Transport: Not included – we can walk from a central meeting point today
Meals: Lunch will be included (and prepared by you!)
More Details or book individually: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Cooking Class

November 1, 2024

Professional Makeup and Photoshoot Experience
Immerse yourself in the artistry of Catrine/Catrina makeup, a symbolic expression of the Day of the Dead. Select a design and let professional artists transform you, integrating you into the local culture. Start your day with a photoshoot in the picturesque Jalatlaco, adorned with murals and cobblestone streets. Capture your transformed look in a setting that breathes history and art. Receive beautifully edited photos as a lasting keepsake within 3-4 weeks.
Timing: 10 AM – 4 PM (1 – 1.5 hours per session)
Transport: Not included – the studio is located in centro (central Oaxaca)
Meals: Not included as this is a short experience
More Details or book individually: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Makeup & Photos

November 2, 2024

Pantheon San Felipe del Agua Experience
Partake in a poignant visit to the Pantheon San Felipe del Agua. Your experience begins with a profound history talk, delving into the traditions and stories behind the Day of the Dead. Engage in an authentic local food tasting, and participate in an intimate altar-building session, a practice of remembrance and respect. Witness the transformation of the cemetery at dusk, a time for reflection, connection, and honoring those who have passed.
Timing: 3 PM – 8 PM
Transport: Not included – this is a larger event, so guests are to meet at the event venue (10 mins taxi from centro)
Meals: Late lunch/early dinner is included
More Details or book individually: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Event

Your Takeaway:
This is not just a tour, but a life-changing cultural experience. With the expertise of our WSE Tour Leader, you’ll leave with a profound understanding of the connection Mexicans share with the afterlife, and to the traditions and celebrations of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca.

Booking Information:
Spots fill up fast! To book your spot on this deep cultural journey, make your reservation on our website today!


Please note: There is no Dress Code! You will be visiting various local families, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – and costumes can be acceptable for certain activities, as long as done respectfully (no sexy nurse or soldier outfits please, only traditional Day of the Dead make-up, if you choose to). It is recommended to bring comfortable clothes, which are modest or tied to the theme of what we will be doing.

Day of the Dead face painting is included on November 1st, but not for other events or tours. If you plan to get this done on other days before the tours, we recommend scheduling a very early appointment with a makeup artist to give yourself enough time to finish the facepaint and arrive at the meeting point on time. As this is a group tour, we will be leaving as close to the scheduled departure time as possible, considering the guests who arrived on time. Missed activities and tours (no-shows) are not refundable.

What to bring to the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience?

Oaxaca generally has hot days and fairly cool nights at this time of the year. It is not uncommon to get some rain as well.
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in 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 any of the tours.  Also, ensuring you have enough for a taxi to and from your hotel and the meeting points, 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 Ultimate Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience?

Your Ultimate Day of the Dead experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you for each tour, activity, and event
– a specially trained Oaxacan English-speaking host who will facilitate your experiences and activities
– transport between Oaxaca City and the activity points, where mentioned above
– meals, where mentioned above
– professional photos, where mentioned above (to be emailed to you after editing is done by the photographer – approximately 3-4 weeks after the event)

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

Travel Insurance (Compulsory – unless a waiver is signed)
– International and Domestic flights to Oaxaca
– Accommodations in Oaxaca (due to space limitations and shortages for groups this time of year, guests are expected to have their own accommodation)
– Transportation to and from meeting points
– Alcoholic beverages (unless specified in an itinerary)
– Day of the Dead face-painting on days not mentioned
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional drinks, food or souvenirs

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 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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