Celebrate Day of the Dead: 9 Days from San Miguel Allende to Mexico City


Mexico's traditional holiday called Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is on November 2nd, a day when it's believed souls of the dead revisit their family. Many celebrate it by visiting graves of deceased loved ones with altars with their favorite things: foods, drinks, photos, toys. Día de los Muertos is the culmination of a three-day celebration and is the most popular. Below is a sample itinerary of how you too can experience the festivities. Everything with Nine Muses Travel is customizable for your unique travel style and preferences, and hopefully this will spark some ideas and inspiration for your own trip to Mexico next year to join the celebrations!

Excerpt below from Journey Mexico can be found HERE.

DAY ONE - San Miguel Allende, Mexico

Arrival to Mexico – San Miguel Allende Tour and La Calaca Festival

Today you will be met by your representative at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel. After settling in, you will meet your guide to enjoy a privately guided walking tour of San Miguel to visit the most important attractions and some hidden treasures.

At night La Calaca Festival offers the “Last Dance at San Miguel Playhouse”

The Last Dance is a playwright by Sky Yeager and is a work of art set in a place of passage where countless souls cross over; it is a beautiful, visceral collaboration between local artists and world-class performers.

Overnight: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

DAY TWO - San Miguel Allende, Mexico

Day of the Dead Exhibition of Arts and Altars – La Calaca Festival

Today you will visit Fabrica La Aurora, a beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory that dates to the turn-of-the century. The Fabrica La Aurora is home to over forty galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants where you will also find artists busy at work in their studios.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy the “Altares y Arte de Oaxaca at Casa de la Cuesta” exhibition – a display of traditional, Oaxacan Day of the Dead altars designed by Zapotec artists: Jacobo Mendoza and Blanca Gomez honoring one of Oaxaca’s most illustrious weavers in addition to a family member.

At night you can choose to attend the La Calaca Festival dancing show at Teatro Ángela Peralta.

Overnight: Rosewood San Miguel Allende

DAY THREE - Morelia, Mexico

Transfer Day to Morelia (2:30 hr)

Overnight: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique or Villa Montaña

DAY FOUR - Morelia, Mexico

Day of the Dead Full Day Experience in Michoacan

Today you’ll enjoy a full day excursion including: city tour, visit Magical Towns of Santa Clara del Cobre & Pátzcuaro, free time at handcraft market & exhibition, concert “Mozart´s Requiem” by the local philharmonic orchestra, and cemetery visits at night including Arocutin, Cucuchucho, Ihuatzio & Tzurumutaro.

Overnight: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique or Villa Montaña

DAY FIVE - Morelia, Mexico

Magic Hands and Indigenous Family Dia de los Muertos Traditions

In the afternoon, meet your guide for an adventure to explore some of the most interesting and folkloric villages such as Tócuaro, Ihuatzio, Tzintzuntzan, Santa Fe de la Laguna & Capula. In some of these towns you are invited to meet local Indian families for an intimate experience of their personal celebration of Day of the Dead at home, to learn about their artisan work and legacy of each family and admire their own “altars” at home, as special guest. You will discover the difference and richness of this culture as you compare the handmade crafts, altars and importance of honor their dead.

Overnight: Casa Grande Hotel Boutique or Villa Montaña

DAY SIX - Mexico City, Mexico

Transfer to Mexico City and Visit Teotihuacan and Death’s Duality Importance

Today you will meet your driver for a private road transfer to Mexico City. En route, you will stop at the Archaeological Site of Teotihuacan, famous for the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. It may be optionally possible to visit to the mysterious catacombs under the site with expert explanations of light and darkness, life and death duality’s importance and the rich history of Mexico’s many layers of pre-Columbian civilizations.

Overnight: Las Alcobas

DAY SEVEN - Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum and Histroic Center

Begin your explorations of Mexico’s capital at the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology with its stunning collection of Aztec, Mayan and Olmec treasures. Take a walk through history and see such wonders as the Aztec calendar inscribed upon the Stone of the Sun, which was excavated from Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo. Continue on for a privately guided tour of the Historic City Center with visits to The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, a look from above into the Temple Mayor Aztec archaeological site, the Palace of Fine Arts and more depending on time and interest.

Overnight: Las Alcobas

DAY EIGHT - Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City Southern Neighborhoors, Coyoacan and Day of the Dead Displays

Enjoy a privately guided exploration of the subtler aspects of Mexico City to explore the charming Coyoacan, a traditional neighborhood of pebbled streets, colonial churches, noisy little markets, and quiet squares, among which can still be perceived evocations from the past.

You’ll visit Dolores Olmedo Museum for their Day of the Dead special exhibition “De Viaje Con Las Calacas” (A Road Trip with the Skeletons). Admire the artistic work that not only preserve the tradition of the altars but also honors the handcrafted work of Mexican artisans. This time the traditional Ofrenda de Muertos presents art, pieces and characters from all over Mexico, to show the artisanal richness and cultural biodiversity of the country.

Finally, explore the famous Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera, the actual home of Diego and Frida masterfully crafted by Juan O’Gorman, where you can see the artists’ workshop and original works by Diego Rivera and Frida.

Overnight: Las Alcobas

DAY NINE - Mexico City, Mexico

Departure Day from International Airport Of Mexico City

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