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Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Mitla & Pan De Muerto 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 30th, 2024 

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

We believe that delving into Mitla’s revered connection with the underworld and engaging in the art of decorating Pan de Muerto is essential to truly understanding and connecting with the ancient traditions of the region during the Day of the Dead. These practices offer a direct link to the profound spiritual heritage of Oaxacan culture, where the historical significance of Mitla as a gateway to the afterlife and the symbolic importance of Pan de Muerto in commemorating the departed beautifully converge

Your WSE Cultural Guide, an aficionado in Oaxacan history and the meaningful customs of the Day of the Dead will lead you through this enlightening journey. The Day of the Dead is more than a mere celebration; it is a time of rich spiritual connection, where the echoes of ancient civilizations and the sacred act of bread-making merge to bridge the gap between the living and the departed.

Join us on this unique adventure. Immerse yourself in the historic grandeur of Mitla and the cultural intimacy of baking Pan de Muerto, delving into the heart of this remarkable 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 travel planner for tips, history, and more!


Early-bird tickets are $117 USD  (only until April 30, 2024)
Regular tickets are $130 USD
Inclusions are listed below.


Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Mitla & Pan De Muertos Experience

Experience the connection of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca to the Mitla Archaeology Site and the ornately painted ceremonial bread (Pan de Muertos), with a WSE Tour Guide!


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 Low – This experience involves minimal walking
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 19


Itinerary for the Oaxaca Day of the Dead – Mitla Pan de Muertos Experience

This is a 1-day tour.

Morning Exploration: Mystical Mitla – A Journey Back in Time

Our adventure begins bright and early at 9 AM, as we embark on a cultural journey to the historic archaeological site of Mitla, leaving from a central meeting point in Oaxaca city.

Just 24 miles from Oaxaca City, the Mitla ruins, an integral part of our tour, stand as a bridge between the living and the dead. Originally known as the “place of rest” in Zapotec and the “place of the dead” in Nahuatl, Mitla is a captivating site with a rich history as a religious center and a gateway to the underworld. Its unique architecture, marked by intricate mosaic fretwork, reflects the site’s deep connection to the afterlife. The ruins, once home to the vuijatao, an oracle revered by both Zapotec and Mixtec nobility, offer a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences, with a church built amidst the ancient structures. This fusion of cultures at Mitla provides a poignant backdrop for our tour, as it encapsulates the essence of the Day of the Dead celebrations, connecting participants to the profound traditions and beliefs surrounding life after death.

As you step into Mitla, our expert guides will lead you through its ancient pathways, unraveling the history and architectural marvels of the site. Each stone and structure here is steeped in myths and legends linked to the afterlife. Mitla is renowned for its intricate mosaic fretwork, unrivaled in Mesoamerica, and believed to hold spiritual and ritual significance. This exploration not only showcases the grandeur of this archaeological wonder but also connects you to the ancient beliefs about life after death, central to the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Afternoon Adventure: Hands-On Culinary Tradition at a Local Bakery

After this historical immersion, we’ll transition to a charming local bakery for a hands-on experience like no other. Here, you’ll delve into one of the Day of the Dead’s most iconic traditions – decorating your own ‘Pan de Muerto’. This workshop is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural significance of this traditional bread, often placed on altars dedicated to the departed.

Under the guidance of skilled bakers, you’ll learn about the symbolism and cultural importance of ‘Pan de Muerto’. You’ll have the chance to personalize your bread, adorning it with your personal creative touches, while learning about its role in the Day of the Dead festivities.

Your Takeaway: This unique tour offers a blend of ancient history and culinary tradition, providing a deep connection to the spirit of the Day of the Dead. You’ll leave with not only an enriched understanding of this significant Mexican celebration but also with your own hand-decorated Pan de Muerto, a personal memento of your participation in one of Mexico’s most emblematic practices.

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 historical sites and local families, 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 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 Mitla and Pan de Muerto Experience?

Your Mitla and Pan de Muerto 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 Mitla Ruins and Bakery (about an hour outside the city)
– entrance fees to the Mitla Archeological site
– the pan de muerto workshop, and your decorated bread to take home
– a meal (traditional local food, such as memelas, tacos, or tlayudas) 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
– 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, 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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