Oaxaca & Dia de Muertos
with Mexico City
Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 2020 (7 Days)
· Airfare ABQ to Oaxaca / Mexico City to ABQ (not including airline baggage fees or in -flight charges)
· Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
· 6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
· Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
· 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
· Admission to all listed attractions
· Your Professional Mexican Tour Guide
· Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
· All taxes and tips for included items
$3,375 Double occupancy, per person
$3,875 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $250 per person now holds your place
NEW LATER FINAL PAYMENT DATE
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: July 23, 2020
None - Through July 23, 2020
$250 - July 24 - August 31, 2020
$2,000 - September 1 - 23, 2020
100% after September 23, 2020
TRAVEL PROTECTION IS AVAILABLE STARTING AT $194
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It is both a festive and colorful holiday and a deep and mystical experience, recognized by UNESCO as a cultural heritage event for humanity. Villagers throughout Mexico empty out of their homes to clean and decorate the family gravesites, don colorful costumes and participate in a grand parade to honor their loved ones. We experience the festivities, culture, architecture and history of Oaxaca (whah-HAH-kuh), then continue our cultural journey in Mexico City.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We arrive at the Oaxaca airport, and transfer to the beautiful Victoria Hotel,* our home for four nights.
DAY 2 B,L,D
Our first visit will be to the market where we will learn about the ingredients of the local cuisine and the materials used for the celebration. We will also visit the archeological site of Monte Alban, a great city on the hill that reigned for 1200 years. The remains of this great city reveal an already advanced culture with temples, pyramids, palaces, and ball courts. During the evening we will attend a cooking class, enjoy the preparations, and enjoy a welcome dinner.
DAY 3 B,D
At the traditional market in Ocotlan we see the elaborate black pottery. Afterwards, we travel to the town of Tilcajete, famous for its wood carvings of mystic figures, “Alebrijes”. In Jalietza we see artisans creating elaborate and beautiful embroidery cloth products. Evening will bring a leisurely dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, we will visit the cemetery to see the altars with their offerings and decorations of the graves. We will also see the colorful carpets of marigolds, sand, and sawdust that adorn the streets welcoming the spirits.
DAY 4 B,L,D
Today, we will visit the archeological site of Mitla, “the place of the dead”. This place was built around 800 AD with amazing architecture and striking grecas that adorn the walls. We will stop at Teotitlan to see the woolen and woven goods produced, and the techniques using natural dyes to color them. We will learn about the production of Mezcal, made from the blue agave plant, see the distillery, and sample some of the products. Lunch is at the distillery – yum! On the way back to Oaxaca, we will see the 2,000-year-old Tule Tree, a gargantuan Mexican cypress, the widest tree in the world. Tonight, we will enjoy the masquerade parade with people dressed in skeleton and devilish costumes evoking the dead. They parade, dancing from house to house, and receiving fruit, candy, and chocolate from each family’s altars.
DAY 5 B,L
Today we travel to Mexico City with a stop for an included lunch. After, we check in at the lovely Barcelo Hotel,* we have leisure time to explore.
DAY 6 B,L,D
Today begins with an early departure to visit Teotihuacan, one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Meso-America (the pre-Columbian cultural region extending from the southern part of Mexico into Central America). Here we see some of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids. We have lunch there before our return to Mexico City and a visit to the Museum of Archeology. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner at renowned Hacienda de Los Morales with our fellow travelers.
DAY 7 B
We transfer to the Mexico City airport and head home to Albuquerque, with memories of this feast for our minds, souls, and bellies.
* Itinerary and hotels are subject to change