OAXACA | DAY OF THE DEAD
Oaxaca – Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán
Oaxaca is the best place to celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico
Mexico is rich in archeological, historical and natural sites but, if you have to pick one city to photograph during the festivities of the Day of the Dead, this can only be Oaxaca. Our 7-Day Oaxaca Day of the Dead Photo Tour is a great way to experience and capture this colorful and exciting Mexican tradition. Oaxaca’s streets were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and the city was home for many Mexican painters, like the late Francisco Toledo, Alejandro Santiago and Rufino Tamayo, and contemporary artists like Manuel Reyes. Oaxaca is vibrant and this trip will show you that it’s also full of surprises.
4 – 8 Guests
Experience | Difficulty
- Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
- DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
- Moderate schedule
- Travel by walking or car
- Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking
- (non-photographers also welcome)
Weather | Sun
October: Temps 82/54 F 27/12 C Sunrise: 6:25 am / Sunset: 5:55 pm
- 7 or 9 Days
- Travel, street, landscape, portrait, and people photography
- Professional photographer | guide
- Photo walks & discussions
- Small group size (4 – 8 guests per leader)
- Premium Hotels
- 2 Dinners
- Entrance fees to museums, churches and parks included in the itinerary
- Local transportation
Arrival & Departure Airport: Xoxocotlán, Mexico (OAX) – Transfer time to hotel 15min
Our adventure begins at 10 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.
Hotel: Hotel Sin Nombre, Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, Hotel Azul or similar
“ST JUDE” FESTIVAL 3 DAY EXTENSION
We offer a special 2-night pre-trip add-on in Mexico City to celebrate the St. Jude Festival. This not-to-be-missed amazing event takes place just before Day of the Dead in the city’s historic center at the Church of San Hipolito. Our time together will include street and people photography at the Mercado Jamaica de Flores (flower market), the St. Jude Festival, and throughout the historic Spanish Colonial center of Mexico City. On day three we will depart as a group for our flight to Oaxaca to begin our Day of the Dead adventure.
Join us for a wonderful extension to our Oaxaca “Day of the Dead” Photo Adventure.
3 Days / 2 Nights
PWA photographer / leader
Airport transfer (to Oaxaca)
Flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca
Accommodations: NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico or similar
Day of the Dead Prices & Dates
Day of the Dead & St. Jude Festival Prices & Dates
October 27/29 – November 4, 2023
October 29 – November 4, 2024
*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in upscale boutique hotels in the 4 and 5-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels that offer cultural, historic, and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. In Cuba, we stay in upscale family-owned Casas (bread & breakfasts). On all of our tours, breakfast is almost always included, but not guaranteed. Meal categories listed include (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, and (D) for dinner.
OAXACA | DAY OF THE DEAD – 7 DAYS
Day 1 | Oaxaca - Santa Cruz Lachizolana
As the day comes to a close we will return to Oaxaca, freshen up and head out for the evening. We’ll be taking you out for our Welcome Dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. (D)
Day 2 | Oaxaca
After a break and lunch we’ll return for another Catrina Model Shoot, this time outside the city at a Mezcal farm and distillery. We’ll shoot through sunset before returning to the city.
Tonight you are free to dine on your own or with the group. (B)
Day 3 | Oaxaca - Panteón Viejo Xoxocotlán
Today, we will leave early to get some action at the market. With the arrival of the festival, these markets are going to be even more interesting than usual.
We will spend the day capturing the festivities and celebrations around the plaza and other programs that are organized by the city of Oaxaca. This is the right time for some portraits and action shots, as you will see faces getting painted in vivid colors in preparation for the festival.
In the late evening, we will head to the Panteón Viejo Xoxocotlán and Atzompa Cemeteries to see more celebrations and get to photograph the authentic rituals. We will not return back to our hotel until well after midnight.
NOTE: We will not be using any flash or intimate settings at the cemetery. (B)
Day 4 | Oaxaca
Today we will enjoy a light morning schedule after the previous days very late festivities. After a late breakfast we’ll depart for a casual street art walk throughout Xochimilco and Jalatlaco. You’re going to love the colors and energy in these two very cool Oaxaca neighborhoods.
In the afternoon and evening we’ll be focused on the parades and activities throughout the city. (B)
Day 5 | Oaxaca - Santa Cruz Lachizolana
Today, we will learn how to make Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant. Oaxaca is famous for its mezcal and they are very proud of it. It will also give an opportunity to photograph the process as well as the agave fields.
In the evening we will attend the local festivities in Santa Cruz Lachizolana. Here you will get to see villagers celebrating as one community, with music, dancing, and role-plays. This is a time when the ancestors are celebrated by their loved ones. It is filled with emotions and sentiments and is an auspicious festival for families. (B)
Day 6 | El Tule - Teotitlan de Valle
Today we will visit the surrounding villages: Village El Tule – a 2000-year-old tree, the village Teotitlan de Valle with its fine rugs, and, Tlacolula, with its 16th Century Church.
We’ll also visit a wood carving family in San Martín Tilcajete that produces beautiful hand carved statues, well known throughout Oaxaca. In the late afternoon we will return to Oaxaca and prepare for our Farewell Dinner in the city. (B) (D)
Day 7 | Oaxaca
We urge you to extend your stay in Oaxaca or elsewhere in Mexico and apply all the wonderful photographic techniques you learned on this Photo Adventure. (B)
ST. JUDE FESTIVAL – PRE-EXTENSION – 3 DAYS
Day 1 | Mexico City - Historic Center
Arrival Check-in. Evening Photowalk around Centro. Zocalo, Cathedral, Palacio de Bellas Artes and finally rounding off the day at Plaza Garibaldi, where the Mariachis in traditional attire perform in this iconic plaza. Early Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 | Mexico City - Flower Market - St. Jude Festival
After an early breakfast we will visit the Mercado Jamaica de Flores (flower market). This amazing market will be busy selling flowers for both the St. Jude Festival and the Day of the Dead. Although it is one of the main markets for souvenirs, produce and meat, it is best known for its flowers and ornamental plants. There are 1,150 stands dedicated to the selling of cut flowers, flower arrangements, ornamental plants and accessories such as flowerpots. Incredibly, the market offers over 5,000 types of flowers and plants!
After lunch, we will return to our hotel for an afternoon rest, as we will be shooting late into the night. In the early evening we’ll head to the Church of San Hipolito to photograph the excitement as the pilgrims begin congregating. We’ll take a dinner break and shoot afterward until about midnight. (B)
Day 3 | Mexico City - Depart for Oaxaca
After breakfast we will depart for the airport for our short flight to Oaxaca. We’ll arrive in Oaxaca by early afternoon and checkin to our hotel. (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion
May all who come as guests... leave as friends®
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