Oaxaca: Dia de los Muerto / Day of the Dead

Oaxaca, Mexico

3 reviews
Oct 27 - Nov 4, 2022
Group size: 1 - 5
Oaxaca: Dia de los Muerto / Day of the Dead
Oaxaca, Mexico

3 reviews

Oct 27 - Nov 4, 2022
Group size: 1 - 5

About this trip

Join us on a very special Reality Tour to Oaxaca, home to 16 different indigenous groups, the largest indigenous population of any Mexican state, during the annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dating back to the Aztecs, this celebration is a family event to remember departed souls and to celebrate the resurrection of their spirits. They are welcomed back with seas of marigold flowers, elaborate sugar skulls, painted faces, colorful parades, live music and traditional dances.

In addition, explore Oaxaca’s rich culture through excursions to historical archeological ruins, mezcal palenques, and artisan workshops. Witness Oaxaca’s vital culture of resistance based on local indigenous traditions. We will meet the local leaders and women who are often at the forefront of these struggles, organizing themselves and their communities and leading efforts to revitalize local language and culture.

Trip highlights:

* Take part in the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Celebrations

* Learn about the indigenous people of Oaxaca, their history and struggle to maintain identity

* Meet with local political figures to learn about the current political situation

* Speak with social justice leaders, including professors, teachers, and activists

* Explore the colonial city of Oaxaca while you learn about its history

* Explore local markets

* Learn about Oaxacan migration to the U.S.

* Learn about the repercussions of resort tourism development for local people

* Meet artists and learn about the role they play in the popular movement of Oaxaca

* Visit to a temazcal, a traditional vapor bath and learn about herbology and traditional medicine

Price includes:

* Double-room accommodations. Single room are an additional $250.

* On-ground transportation, including airport pick-up and drop-off

* Trip leader and translations

* Preparatory reading and orientation materials

* Admission and fees to all program activities

* Two meals per day 

[Please note the trip price does NOT include international airfare and Global Exchange does not arrange air travel. However, we are happy to put you in touch with preferred air travel specialists if you would like a recommendation. ]

** Please note this trip is not confirmed until the minimum group size is met **


What’s included

  • Double Rooms
  • Single Room Upgrade
    $250 extra
  • In country transport
    Includes airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Prep Reading materials
  • Trip leader
  • Two meals a day
  • Admission fees
    to all programmed activities
  • Donations
    To organizations, speakers, communities we visit
  • International airfare
  • Visa or passport fees
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips
    To guides, drivers, hotel staff, wait staff

Available Packages

Trip Price
Available until September 28, 2022Sold Out
Deposit: $500

Available options


Day 1
August 1, Quito

Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel

Dinner and Introductions 

Overnight at Hotel Ikala

Your Organizer

Global Exchange Reality Tours
3 reviews
The idea that travel can be educational and positively influence international affairs motivated the first Reality Tour in 1988. Global Exchange’s Reality Tours are not designed to provide immediate solutions or remedies to the world’s most intractable problems, nor are they simply a kind of voyeurism. Rather, Reality Tours are meant to educate people about how we, individually and collectively, contribute to global problems, and, then, to suggest ways in which we can contribute to positive change locally and internationally.


Our guides, Juan de Dios and Citlali were fantastic. Very knowledgeable and kind. When my luggage got lost, Juan tracked it down and got someone to pick it up at the airport. We visited some wonderful places; I loved the visit to the small communities. The trip should have been two or three days longer so we could have had more time to spend at each activity.
By Catherine S for Oaxaca: Dia de los Muerto / Day of the Dead on Nov 13, 2022
We had a great time. We visited places and talked to people we never would have had access to without the tour. Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. I would definitely go back.
By Carla S for Translators Tour to Cuba and Varadero on Jun 14, 2022
The organizers worked very hard to have everything ready for us and take care of everything. We weren't given a few pieces of information, but overall, they gladly accommodated all our requests and were very nice.
By Diana R for Translators Tour to Cuba and Varadero on Jun 07, 2022