Walking up to 3-1/2 miles on flat surfaces.
At the hotel enjoy a buffet featuring Mexican and International cuisine including hot egg dishes, bread, pastries, breakfast meats, yogurts, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
Our day begins with an with a lecture in our private meeting room on the Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, and how it has been celebrated through time. The holiday combines the beliefs of the indigenous people with the Catholic Spaniards that arrived in the 15th century. Indigenous peoples believed that each year, the souls of the dead return to eat and drink with the living as they would have before their deaths. This belief was combined with the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Our first field trip for the day will take us to Santo Domingo Church and Museum of Oaxaca Cultures. In the church, we will have an opportunity to admire the Baroque ecclesiastical building built between1570 and 1608. Once the Templo de Danto Domingo de Guzmán founded by the Dominican Order, the rooms that once constituted the monastery now forms the Cultural Center of Oaxaca. After undergoing construction for nearly 200 years, it underwent a complete restoration that was finished in 1999.
Walking to a local restaurant a few blocks from the church and museum, we will enjoy a plated three course meal plus coffee, fruit water, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We will walk to the market and chocolate factory, where we will learn the history and see receive a step-by-step demonstration of the chocolate making process. We will learn how chocolate was traditionally prepared as a drink that was only for members of Mayan royalty. See how the cacao is flavored with vanilla and transformed into a liquid, paste, or block form. Learn how chocolate is used in food preparation, beverages, and the candy making industry.
Hotel plated meal.
We will celebrat Dia de los Muertos by visiting one of the many cemeteries and observe the rituals associated with this important celebration.