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Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Masks Making Experience – Group Tour

Fully immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead, Oaxaca

Experience is 1 Day ex Oaxaca, Mexico 
Experience Size: Min 10 – Max 20

Workshop on October 29th, 2024 

We believe in the profound power of cultural immersion and the respectful celebration of local traditions. Our Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mask-Making Experience is more than just a tour; it’s a bridge connecting you to the rich tapestry of Oaxacan life and the mystical observance of the afterlife. By participating, you engage in a meaningful practice that honours the creativity and spirituality deeply embedded in Oaxaca’s heritage.

Our commitment to authenticity and respect for local culture is paramount. In our Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mask Making Experience, we collaborate with local artisans who are custodians of their craft. These artists don’t just share their skills; they open a window to their world, ensuring you experience a genuine slice of Oaxacan life. Our approach is grounded in integrity, allowing for a respectful and authentic engagement with the traditions and stories that shape these unique cultural expressions.

The Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mask-Making Experience offers you an opportunity to delve hands-on into the art of mask-making. Held at the esteemed “Taller de Monos de Calenda y Cartonería ‘Los Gigantes’,” this experience allows you to choose and personalize your mask under the guidance of skilled artisans. Whether you’re also joining the vibrant ‘muerteada’ parade or simply treasuring your mask as a keepsake, this tour embodies our ethos of cultural connection and respectful craftsmanship.

Join us for an unforgettable journey where art, tradition, and personal expression converge in the heart of Oaxaca.

*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).

Are you a solo female traveler or traveling with a group of women and want to join an event geared especially to 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 visit planner 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.

Description

Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Mask Making Workshop

Connecting with Oaxaca’s Artistic Gateway to the Afterlife

 

Item Details
Meeting Point Shared after confirmation, in Oaxaca City Centro
End Point Same as Meeting Point, in Oaxaca City Centro
Duration Up to 4 hours
Physical Level Low – This experience involves minimal walking, and painting for the workshop
Cultural Rating Deep – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with locals. Deep history lessons, and participating in sacred practices
Ages 18+ (minors to be accompanied by adults/guardians)
Group Size Public – Min 10, Max 20

 

Itinerary for the Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mask-Making Experience

This is a half-day event.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Oaxaca with our “Oaxaca Day of the Dead Mask Making Experience.” This exclusive tour invites you to delve deep into the vibrant traditions of one of Mexico’s most celebrated festivals, the Day of the Dead, or ‘Día de Muertos.’

A Dive into Tradition and Folklore Join us in this hands-on experience with master artisans who are renowned for crafting the captivating devil masks and grand statues seen in Oaxaca’s famed parades. These masks, characterized by their intricate designs and vivid colors, are more than just art; they are a window into the soul of Oaxacan culture and its unique approach to commemorating the dearly departed.

The Art of Devil Mask Making During the Day of the Dead celebrations, these devil masks play a significant role, particularly in the ‘muerteada’ – a lively parade that blends solemnity with festivity. Our skilled artists will guide you through the creation of these devil-themed masks, made from paper mache, illustrating the blend of indigenous and European influences that shape this tradition.

Personalize Your Mask You’ll have the choice of four different mask designs, each with its own unique story and symbolism. The experience starts with a workshop on the history and technique of mask-making, followed by a session where you get to paint and decorate your mask. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a curious traveler, the act of creating your mask is a journey in itself.

Under the guidance of experienced artisans, you’ll learn painting and decorating techniques, enabling you to express your artistic flair. This workshop is more than a creative endeavor; it’s a portal to the world of “cartonería,” where your skill will bring a simple mask to life.

Celebrate or Cherish Once your mask is ready and the paint has dried (it may take 24-48 hours to fully dry), you can choose to wear it and join in the ‘muerteada’ parade on November 1st, immersing yourself fully in the local festivities. Alternatively, you can take your mask home as a cherished memento of your time in Oaxaca. Whichever you choose, the experience promises a deep connection to the local culture.

Respectful Creation All aspects of the mask-making process, including the use of makeup, are conducted with the utmost respect for the local traditions. We pride ourselves on providing an experience that is not only enjoyable but also honors the cultural heritage of Oaxaca.

Please note: There is no Dress Code! Though 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 just bring comfortable clothes, which are modest or tied to the theme of what we will be doing. A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire will be sent in an email following your reservation.

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

Oaxaca at this time of the year generally has hot days and fairly cool nights. It is not uncommon to get some rain as well, 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 in that, just be mindful that it will cool down as night falls).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Long sleeves
– Dresses are ok too – many choose to dress in local textiles during this event
– Cash. There are no items to buy on this experience.  Only bring enough cash for what you think you will need for tips, snacks, and transport, and leave the rest in your hotel room’s safe.

What is included with the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience?

Your sacred 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
– a welcome drink (non-alcoholic)
– your paper mache mask (pre-fabricated, ready to paint)
– all paint materials for decorating the mask

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 – all within Oaxaca’s city limits)
– Accommodations in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money for anything not listed

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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