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Dia De Los Muertos in Oaxaca

Program Number: 8695RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/27/2014 - 11/9/2014; 10/27/2015 - 11/9/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Mexico
Price starting at: $2,796.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 38; 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience one of the world’s most unique holidays, as you enjoy the celebratory rituals of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in beautiful Oaxaca. Embrace the mystery that lies beneath the region’s surface in museums and archaeological sites. Roam the halls of imposing palaces and awe-inspiring cathedrals. Absorb the varying differences in three of Mexico’s most fascinating cities — Cuernavaca, Oaxaca and Tlaxcala — to discover the significance that defines this intriguing culture.




Highlights

• Participate in the elaborate “Day of the Dead” ritual.
• Explore the Palace of Cortes.
• Visit the archaeological site of Cacaxtla to admire the beautifully preserved murals.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day during field trips; uneven surfaces.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Mexico City; coach to Cuernavaca, 3 nights; flight to Oaxaca, 7 nights; coach to Tlaxcala, 3 nights; coach to Mexico City for departure.



Flight from the U.S.
Arrival Mexico City
Coach to Cuernavaca
3 nights

The city of Cuernavaca is known as the “Eternal City of Spring” due to its idyllic climate. It is also the perfect place to start a diverse understanding of the region. Meander the corridors of the Palace of Cortes and Municipal Palace; stand in awe-inspiring silence at the La Asunción Cathedral, and discover the impressive archaeological zone of Xochicalco (in the place of the house of the flowers), known principally by its monument dedicated to Quetzalcóatl, the feathers serpent.



Flight to Oaxaca
7 nights

The exhilarating city of Oaxaca is known the world over by its mysterious yet exciting rituals, blend of international cultures, colonial charm and rugged scenery. At its core, though, Oaxaca is perhaps best known for its commemorative “Day of the Dead” ritual. Discussions with local experts prepare you to participate in the celebration where inhabitants construct elaborate altars of flowers, food and candles to honor the spirits. Field trips to archaeological sites and a demonstration of the La Gelaguetza folkloric dance round out your time in Oaxaca.



Coach to Tlaxcala
3 nights
Coach to Mexico City for departure

Before departing for Mexico City, explore the city of Tlaxcala for informative, on-site archaeology discussions and an excursion to Cacaxtla, a site known for its beautifully preserved murals. During a field trip to Huamantla, famed for puppetry art, visit the Museo Taurino and the National Museum of The Puppet.




Mexico

The oldest of the land’s found by Europeans in the New World, Mexico has endured a rough history at the hands of Cortes and subsequent invaders. Despite a turbulent past, the country maintains its relaxed and inviting charm with a mix of modern and traditional from its industrious cities to its captivating wildernesses.



Accommodations
Cuernavaca: Lodge is amid beautiful gardens and scenery. Oaxaca: Hotel set in a historical building in the heart of the city. Tlaxcala: Beautiful, 19th-century Colonial hotel located in Tlaxcala’s main square.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Posada Quinta las Flores
  Cuernavava, Morelos, Mexico 3 nights
   Hotel Casa Conzatti
  Oaxaca, Mexico 7 nights
   Posada San Francisco
  Tlaxcala, Mexico 3 nights
 Hotel Posada Quinta las Flores
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Quinta las Flores is surrounded by wide and beautiful gardens, with colorful bugambilia covered walls that combined with the shiny blue sky offers an atmosphere of harmony and comfort.
  Contact info: Tlaquepaque No. 1 Col. Las Plamas
Cuernavaca, Morelos,  62050 Mexico
phone: +011.52.777.314.1244
web: www.quintalasflores.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are totally equipped with bathroom and wardrobe. King size bed or double bed, telephone, floor fan, 20" T.V. with cable signal, safe box.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Room Service, Swimming Pool, Medical service, Fax and Courier Service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Casa Conzatti
Type: Hotel
  Description: Historical building
  Contact info: Gomez Farias 218 Centro Historico
Oaxaca,  68000 Mexico
phone: +52 -951-516-5544
web: oaxacalive.com/conzatti/
  Room amenities: TV, A/C, phone in each room
  Facility amenities: Longe, laundry service, conference room, dinning room
  Smoking allowed: No

 Posada San Francisco
Type: Hotel
  Description: 19th century colonial building located in front of the main square of Tlaxcala
  Contact info: Plaza de la Constitucion # 17
Colonia Centro
Tlaxcala,  9000 Mexico
phone: +52 -246-462-6022
web: www.posadasanfrancisco.com
  Room amenities: Phone, cable TV, private bathroom
  Facility amenities: Pool, tennis court, library, boutique, 2 dining rooms, lounge
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
In Mexico city at 5:30pm in time for the only group transfer to Cuernavaca. You will be staying at Hotel Posada Quinta las Flores that night.
  End of Program:
Departure for the airport in Mexico City immediately after 7:30 am breakfast. You will be staying at Posada San Francisco the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. In order to enter Mexico as a US Citizen you need to have one tourist migratory form (FM-T) per person. (Cost of FM-T is included in airfare). These forms are obtained at the first port of entry, at the borders, or at Mexican consulates and embassies. Keep the FM-T in your possession at all times and return to authorities before leaving Mexico. A Visa is not required but a passport is needed to obtain a FM-T permit and may be required to re-enter the US. Procedures for obtaining the FM-T vary with the nationality of each visitor. Request the requirements for your nationality in any of the Mexican Consulates or Embassies in your respective countries. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 8, 2007, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document (Merchant Mariner Document or Air NEXUS card) to enter or re-enter the United States
  Parking availability:
There is parking available in Cuernavaca and Tlaxcala.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Check with your travel agent for schedules.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cuernavava, Morelos
  Nearest city or town:  Mexico City
  Nearest highway: Highways go through city
  Nearest airport:  Mexico City
  Transportation to site: Independent First-Class Public Bus and Taxi Transfer Instructions: Process through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs. Locate a porter in the airport for directions to "Pullman de Morelos" airport bus stop. Give your Geronimo provided Spanish bus instructions to the porter. The porter will take you to the "Pullman de Morelos" airport bus stop (Your porter should be tipped $30.00 pesos / $3.00 USD). Purchase your bus ticket from the bus line representative (cost irange is $120.00 pesos/$12.00 USD - 170 pesos/$17 USD). Proceed to the "Pullman de Morelos bus boarding location. Board the bus for your transfer to Cuernavaca, Morelos. After you have arrived in Cuernavaca, Morelos please secure a taxi for your transfer from the bus terminal to the Hotel Mision (approximately $50.00 pesos / $5.00 USD). Pullman de Morelos is a deluxe bus and the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Buses leave at approximately 6:00, 6:40, 7:20, 8:00, 8:40, 9:20, and then every 60 minutes until 11:30 PM.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Tlaxcala
  Nearest city or town:  Peubla
  Nearest highway: 2 miles
  Nearest airport:  Mexico City
  Transportation from site: At the program conclusion, the Geronimo Group Leader will provide participants travel details regarding the transfer from the final program site hotel to the airport in Mexico City. The only coach from Tlaxcala to Mexico City airport departs after breakfast the last day of the program. Airport transfers are provided only on designated group arrival and departure days. All other arrangements are considered independent travel at personal cost.
Elevation Note: From 3500ft to 7000ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Travel Day
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Arrive To: The program will begin with group transfer from Mexico City airport to Cuernavaca no later than 5:30 pm. Note: There will be only one bus transfer, for those who don't make the time, there are public buses available at the airport.
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Posada Quinta las Flores
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cuernavaca City Excursion. Lecture: Mexican History.
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Program orientation followed by city excursion in Cuernavaca with the opportunity to visit historical buildings
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: City excursion continues. Afternoon Lecture: "Mexican History". 6:30 pm Social Hour before dinner.
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Posada Quinta las Flores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Xochicalo Archaeological Site. Lecture: Mexico's Economic, Political and Present Situation.
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Field trip to Xochicalo, archaeological site
 Lunch: In a local restaurant in Cuernavaca
 Afternoon: Field trip continues. Lecture: "Mexico's Economic, Political and Present Situation" at 5:30 pm prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Local Restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Posada Quinta las Flores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Depart Mexico City to Oaxaca/Arrive in Oaxaca/Walking Excursion to historic City Center.
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Depart to Mexico City Airport by motorcoach (approx 1:45 minutes) then fly to Oaxaca city (approx 1 hour). Motorcoach transfer to Hotel Casa Conzatti.
 Lunch: After check in to the hotel in Oaxaca, lunch will be seved at hotel dinning room
 Afternoon: Walking excursion to historical city center.
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
 Evening: Group activity: Celebrating "Dia de Muertos" (Day of the Dead)
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lecture: "Dia de Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead). Field trip to: Monte Alban Archaeological Site. Excursion to visit San Miguel Cemetery.
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Lecture: "Day of the Dead Observances From Past to Present". Field trip to Monte Alban archaeological site. .
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Excursion ot Market and Chocolate Factory
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
 Evening: Dia de Muetos activity: visit San Miguel cemetary.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture: "3000 Years of History - Oaxaca". Excursion to Xoxo Cemetery and Arrazola and Cuilapan de Guerrero.
(Saturday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Lecture: "Overview of 3000 Years of History of Oaxaca" Field trip to Xoxo Cemetery and Arrazola
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Visit Cuilapan monastery and site museum
 Dinner: In a local restaurant
 Evening: Group Activity: Celebrating "Dia de Muertos".
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Field trip to Milta Archaeology Site and Teotitlan del Valle y Santa Maria del Tule.
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Field trip to Milta Archaeological Site.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant in Oaxaca
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Teotitlan del Valle y Santa Maria del Tule
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
 Evening: Group activity: Celebrating "Dia de Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead)
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Field trip: The Ocotlan Route (Coyotepec, Jalieza and Ocotlan)
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Field trip: The Ocotlan Route (Coyotepec, Jalieza and Ocotlan
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lecture: "The Magic Hands of Oaxaca. Excursion to Santo Domingo Museum. Evening performance: La Guelaguetza Show.
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Lecture: The Magic Hands of Oaxaca. Excursion: Santo Domingo Museum.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Return to Hotel. Optional Video: "Juarez"
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Group Activity: La Guelaguetza Show
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lecture: "Legends and Traditions of Oaxaca".
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Lecture: "Legends and Traditions of Oaxaca"
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Casa Conzatti
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Depart to Tlaxcala. Excursion to Historic Center of Tlaxcala City.
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Depart by motorcoach to Tlaxcala (approx 5 hours)
 Lunch: Lunch served at Hotel Posada San Francisco.
 Afternoon: Check in to hotel. Walking City tour to the Historic Center of Tlaxcala
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Posada San Francisco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Field trip to Cacaxtla Archaeological Site.
(Friday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Field trip to Cacaxtla archaeological site.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: At hotel restaurant
   
Accommodations: Posada San Francisco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Field trip to Huamantla, famous Puppetry Art Center and to Market and Bull Fight Museum. Farewell Dinner.
(Saturday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: Field trip to Huamantla famous Puppetry Art Center and to Market and Bull Fight Museum.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant
 Afternoon: 3:00 - 7:00 pm Free time.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner /Closing at hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Posada San Francisco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Group transfer to Mexico City International Airport.
(Sunday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel restaurant
 Morning: The program ends with early morning departure to the airport in Mexico City. (Departure from Hotel immediately after 7:30 am breakfast.)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Letters from Mexico


Author: Cortez, Hernan & Anthony Pagden


Conquest: Montezuma, Cortez and the Fall of Old Mexico


Author: Thomas, Hugh


The Spirit of Tio Fernando:A Day of the Dead Story/El Espiritu De Tio Fernando: Una Historia Del Dia De Los Muertos


Author: Levy, Janice


Digging the Days of the Dead


Author: Garciagody, Juanita


Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans


Author: Riding, Alan


Indigenous Rulers: An Ethnohistory of Town Government in Colonial Cuernavaca


Author: Haskett, Robert Stephen


Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs


Author: Coe, Michael


Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead


Author: Ancona, George


The Course of Mexican History


Author: Meyer, Michael C. and William L. Sherman


The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico


Author: Carmichael, Elizabeth


Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico-Michoacan


Author: Andrade, Mary J.


Todos Santos in Rural Tlaxcala: A Syncretic, Expressive, and Symbolic Analysis of the Cult of the Dead


Author: Nutini, Hugo G.




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