Christmas and New Year's in Oaxaca and Puebla

Leave the snowmen behind as you experience an authentic Mexican Christmas and ring in the New Year Oaxaca-style! See ancient rituals and visit well-known archaeological sites.
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Program No. 8696RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Revel in the long history and rich cultural heritage of Oaxaca during the region’s fascinating cycle of holiday ceremonies. With roots based in prehistoric rituals, discover a full display of seasonal festivities in Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City as they build through colorful events and commemorations and culminate in the extravagant pageant of Christmas and a festive dinner to ring in the New Year.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 7,200 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Participate in local celebrations surrounding the pageant of Christmas.
  • Create piñatas and bring them as gifts to children at a local convent.
  • Observe the legendary craftspeople of Oaxaca at work in local shops and markets.

General Notes

Please note schedule varies to allow for holiday-related activities.
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María Teresa Peniche
Maria Teresa Peniche, who prefers to be known simply as “Teri,” is a highly regarded addition to Geronimo’s Road Scholar staff. Teri pursued a career in higher education, preparing school curriculums designed as well as teaching English in secondary education. After retiring, Teri’s vast knowledge of Mexico’s history and culture paved the way towards her becoming a Group Leader. Blessed with a caring disposition and a great desire to share her love of her country, Teri’s capacity for sharing her considerable knowledge is unrivaled.

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

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Arturo Vertiz
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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.
Letters from Mexico
by Cortés, Hernan & Anthony Pagden
Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs
by Coe, Michael
Two Holiday Folktales from Mexico
by Ramirez, Anthony
Christmas in Mexico
by NTC Publishing Group
The Course of Mexican History
by Meyer, Michael C. and William L. Sherman
Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
by Riding, Alan
El Regalo de la Flor de Nochebuena/The Gift of the Poinsettia
by Mora, Pat
Conquest: Montezuma, Cortéz and the Fall of Old Mexico
by Thomas, Hugh

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