Santo domingo
  Comparsa dancers
  day of dead market
  parade goers
  backstrap weaver

Oaxaca – Days of the Dead
 a small group tour featuring authentic experiences”

Oct 25- Nov 3, 2018

10 days/9 nights

Joan and Florencio are detailing the
2018 journey and adventure to Oaxaca. 
Read below to see the 2017 agenda and get
a taste of what you will experience in 2018!


Hotel Casa de la Tia Tere    (52) 951 501 1845    Click here to view our beautiful hotel.

With Joan Griffith & Florencio L Moreno

Oaxacans believe that the spirits of departed children arrive first in the afternoon of October 31st and that all adults leave late on November 2nd. Families make special altars within their homes and go to their local cemeteries to welcome their loved ones, perpetuating special meals and solemn family moments as it has been practiced over the past three millennia; to assure continuity & ethnic pride as well as to try and remain as close as possible to their abounding roots……come joins us this special week & discover the Magic of Oaxaca!

Breakfast in hotel everyday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 25
Arrivals to Oaxaca City, transfers from airport, check into hotel.

Thursday, October 26

We will begin our all day trek of the Historic District of the city. Featured sites will be Our Lady of Solitude Basilica, Oaxaca’s Patron Saint, the Rufino Tamayo Pre-Colombian Art Museum, the San Pablo Cultural Centre & Textile Museum, and the Glorious Church of Santo Domingo & Museum of Oaxacan Cultures.

We’ll break for lunch at the Cabuche restaurant.  In the evening, we’ll take a short walk to Casa Crespo, one of Oaxaca’s great restaurants, run by Chef Oscar Carrizosa, for our group welcome dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, October 27
We head out for a visit to the ancestral petroglyphs at Xaaga and  the Zapotec Village of Teotitlan del Valle. We will be treated to a home hosted lunch with a  Zapotec family.  When we return to Oaxaca, rest, enjoy “Wine -30”.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Saturday, October 28
Today we’ll visit the Zempoaltepetl mountain Mixe village of Tlahuitoltepec.  Featured sites will be the traditional Indian village market & textile workshops. After our lunch in a community diner, we’ll head out to visit the Hierve el Agua, the calcified water falls.  When we return to Oaxaca, rest, enjoy “Wine -30”.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Sunday, October 29
San Bartolo Coyotepec, the famous black pottery village, is our first destination today! We will witness a demo of black pottery being made without a potter’s wheel, using the ancestral techniques. A special treat will be a visit to the home and studio of CarloMagno Pedro; an exceptional potter who specializes in Day of the Dead sculptures. Next, we head to Ocotlan to visit the Museum in honor of the Late Rodolfo Morales & also the home/studios of the Aguilar Sisters, well-known folk potters. In the neighboring village of San Martin Tilcajete, we will visit with another Great Master of Mexican Folk Art of wood carved animals and figures. We will be treated to a delicious home hosted lunch of quesadillas with endemic corn and squash blossoms! Mid-afternoon, Santo Tomas Jalieza is our destination.  There we meet with Eustacia, Abigail & Eva Mendoza, experts in miniature weaving that utilizes a back strap loom.
When we return to Oaxaca, rest, enjoy “Wine -30”.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Monday, October 30
After breakfast, our destination is the Mixtec Mountains.  There we will visit the earliest Dominican church in the south of Mexico, in the village of Yanhuitlan. We will meet Manuel Reyes, another of Mexico’s Great Masters in the Mexican Art of ceramics, in his home studio. Manuel and his wife Marisela will show us their unique work, followed by an amazing home cooked lunch.  After lunch, we visit the printing workshop and studio of Enrique Flores, an amazing contemporary painter and disciple of the late Rodolfo Morales, creator of the renowned colorful Oaxacan Magic Realism.  When we return to Oaxaca, rest, enjoy “Wine -30”.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Tuesday, October 31
This morning we will experience firsthand, the Day of the Dead special “Tianguis” at the Abastos Market, located west of the city. We will be selecting items for our group’s Day of the Dead Altar which we will be honored to make in the home of artist Angelica Vazquez. We will dedicate our best efforts to “making the family altar” and personalize it as best as possible. We will be treated to a home cooked meal, special to this season. When we return to our hotel, we will rest.  Around 7 pm, we will return to Angelica’s home to call our Dead, and continue our remembrances with a traditional Day of the Dead dinner. At approximately at 11 pm, we will proceed to the cemetery to continue the ceremony by assisting her in adorning her family’s grave and enjoy delicious hot chocolate, bread and tamales.   
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wednesday, November 1
We’ll have a mid-morning departure for the ancient city of Monte Alban and have a festive lunch at the traditional restaurant, Los Caporales. Following our lunch, we head for the community of Soledad, Etla and join a special “Comparsa Day of the Dead Parade being led by brass bands and continuing from one village to another.
When we return to Oaxaca, rest, enjoy “Wine -30”.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Thursday, November 2
La Union Tejalapa, a small rural community of wood carvers, is our first destination. In the afternoon, we will return to Oaxaca, and experience an optional visit to the San Miguel Cemetery where all Oaxacans go today, or choose to enjoy time at your leisure.
We will gather in the evening to walk nearby for a festive, farewell dinner at Oaxaca’s best restaurant, Casa Oaxaca, headed by Chef Alejandro Ruiz.  What a wonderful way to wrap up our magical time together!
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Friday, November 3  
Departure day, transfers to Oaxaca City airport

$2500 Includes:
transfers in Mexico
daily breakfasts/seven lunches/three dinners
daily happy hour/snacks
educational guide
(excludes air)

Contact Joan Griffith for details:   512-797-9559

The itinerary is subject to last minute changes.