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Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Marigold Fields Experience – Group Tour

Fully immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead, Oaxaca

This tour is 1 Day ex Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
Tour date: October 28th, 2024 

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

We believe that immersing yourself in the vibrant world of marigolds offers a unique window into the soul of Oaxacan culture. To truly appreciate the beauty and significance of these blooms, especially during the preparation for the Day of the Dead, the guidance of a local expert is invaluable.

Your WSE Travel Guru, a connoisseur of Oaxacan traditions and the symbolism of marigolds, will be your guide on this floral adventure. The Day of the Dead is not just a festival; it’s a deeply spiritual time when the bright marigolds play a crucial role in welcoming the spirits back to the world of the living.

Join the experience. Engage in the colorful splendor and spiritual depth of this extraordinary 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

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

First Tier Early-bird tickets are $135 USD per person  (only until April 30, 2024) 
Second Tier Early Birdy tickets are $150 USD per person (only until August 31, 2024)
Regular tickets are $165 USD per person
Inclusions are listed below.


Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience – Marigold Fields Experience

Experience the connection of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca to the Marigold flowers (cempasúchil), with a WSE Tour Guide and Professional Photographer!


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 Up to 7 hours
Physical Level Low – This experience involves minimal walking, approximately 30 minutes
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 – Marigold Experience

This is a 1-day event.

Morning Adventure: Cultivos El Viejo Marigold Experience
Kicking off at 9 AM, our exciting journey begins in the heart of Oaxaca. Get ready to hop into a comfy vehicle, as we transport you from the bustling city center to the serene countryside, where the magic of marigolds awaits. En route to ‘Cultivos el Viejo’, our knowledgeable guide will immerse you in the rich history and cultural significance of marigolds (cempasúchil) in Mexico, setting the stage for a day steeped in tradition and beauty.

Upon arrival at ‘Cultivos el Viejo’, brace yourself for a breathtaking sight – endless rows of dazzling marigolds basking in the sun, their orange and yellow hues painting a picture of pure vibrancy. We’ll take a stroll through these floral fields, allowing you to soak in the natural beauty and learn more about marigold farming.

Photography Session: Capture Lifetime Memories
But wait, there’s more! A professional photographer will join us to ensure your memories are beautifully captured. As you wander through the marigold fields, they’ll guide you to the perfect spots, snapping stunning photos with the floral panorama as your backdrop.

Afternoon Exploration: Festival Del Corte de la Flor de Gallo
Next, we head to our second destination, the ‘Festival Del Corte de la Flor de Gallo’. This unique marigold field presents a slightly different landscape, offering new photo opportunities amidst its natural beauty. Here, you’ll also discover the ‘flor de gallo’, another traditional flower used in Day of the Dead altars. This location is set up more like a festival, with music, food stalls, and vendors, as they celebrate the harvest of the sacred flowers.

Why is this tour before the Day of the Dead?
Timing is everything! We visit these fields several days before the Day of the Dead to witness them in their full glory. Soon, these marigolds will be harvested to build altars in Oaxaca, welcoming spirits as they return to visit in the coming days.

Your Takeaway:
Not just a tour, but an unforgettable cultural experience. With the expertise of our WSE Tour Leader and a professional photographer, you’ll leave with stunning photos of you amidst the marigold fields – and a deeper understanding of the connection of these flowers to the traditions and celebrations of the Day of the Dead in Mexico.

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


Please note: There is no Dress Code! You will be visiting the marigold flower fields of local farmers, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – and costumes can be acceptable, 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 not included, though does make for incredible photos in the marigold fields. If you plan to get this done, 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 tours (no-shows) are not refundable.

What to bring to the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Marigold Fields 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, flowers, or souvenirs while there.  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 Marigold Experience?

Your Marigold Field 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
– transport between Oaxaca City and the Marigold fields (about an hour outside the city)
– a meal at the second location (traditional local festival food, such as memelas, tacos, or flautas) and a non-alcoholic drink.
– professional photos (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)
– International flights
– Transportation (to the meeting point, and back from the endpoint – both inside Oaxaca’s city center)
– Accommodations in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages
– Day of the Dead face-painting
– 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, that 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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