Día de Los Muertos in Oaxaca

Learn about cultural heritage, archaeological treasures, the Palace of Cortes and participate in an ancient ritual as you celebrate the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca.
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Program No. 8695RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Experience one of the world’s most unique holidays, as you enjoy the celebratory rituals of Día 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 two of Mexico’s most fascinating cities — Cuernavaca, and Oaxaca — to discover the significance that defines this intriguing culture.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily on varied terrain. Elevations of 3,500-7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Participate in the elaborate “Day of the Dead” ritual.
  • Explore the Palace of Cortes.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Mitla to admire the beautifully preserved murals.
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Arturo Vertiz
Arturo Vertiz knew from an early age that he wanted to work in the travel industry, focusing on learning English and French in school. Graduating with a degree in tourism and business administration, he worked in the hotel industry before founding his own travel agency. Arturo’s greatest honor was being chosen to manage the housing complex for athletes participating in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. As a Group Leader and a Mexican national, Arturo loves interacting with visitors in search of learning experiences.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico-Michoacan
by Andrade, Mary J.
The Spirit of Tio Fernando:A Day of the Dead Story/El Espiritu De Tio Fernando: Una Historia Del Dia De Los Muertos
by Levy, Janice
Digging the Days of the Dead
by Garciagody, Juanita
Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs
by Coe, Michael
Todos Santos in Rural Tlaxcala: A Syncretic, Expressive, and Symbolic Analysis of the Cult of the Dead
by Nutini, Hugo G.
Indigenous Rulers: An Ethnohistory of Town Government in Colonial Cuernavaca
by Haskett, Robert Stephen
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
by Ancona, George
Letters from Mexico
by Cortez, Hernan & Anthony Pagden
Conquest: Montezuma, Cortez and the Fall of Old Mexico
by Thomas, Hugh
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
by Riding, Alan
The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico
by Carmichael, Elizabeth
The Course of Mexican History
by Meyer, Michael C. and William L. Sherman

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