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The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca 2008
7 days & 6 nights Oaxaca only


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DAY 1
Saturday, October 30th
US - MEXICO CITY- OAXACA

Today you will fly to Oaxaca from the United States or Mexico City for the Day of the Dead Celebration. Enjoy free evening on your own to become acclimated with Oaxaca's laid back & enchanting atmosphere and observe the city get prepared for one of its most important celebrations: the Day of the Dead. Dinner (not included) at recommended restaurants. (Arrival from United States via Mexico City for the Day of the Dead Celebration on board Mexicana Flight MX #1505 arriving at 10:10 p.m. This is only to give you an idea of the latest arrival possible on this day). Upon arrival at the Oaxaca Airport, our driver will meet you and take you to your hotel for check in. Overnight at La Casa de Sierra Azul.

DAY 2
Sunday, October 31st (B)
WELCOME TO OAXACA'S DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA

After breakfast included at your hotel your guide will take you for a walk around town to become acclimated with Oaxaca's streets and laid back & enchanting atmosphere. As you explore the city's streets, on our City Tour, you will observe the city get prepared for one of its most important celebrations: the Day of the Dead. After lunch at recommended restaurants (not included) your guide will take you to the cemetery in a nearby village to observe the different traditions and the beginning of the Day of the Dead Fiesta. You will observe that this is truly a peculiar and marvellous fiesta! Back in town you may have dinner on your own. Overnight at La Casa de Sierra Azul.

DAY 3
Monday, November 1st
MONTE ALBAN & ALL SAINTS DAY (B,L)

Breakfast included at your hotel. Transfer to the archaeological site of Monte Alban. Here you will appreciate a magnificent view of the central valleys of Oaxaca and explore one of the most important cities in Pre-Columbian Mexico: Monte Alban. This was the ancient capital of the Zapotec culture, occupying some 40 square kilometres in its hey day when 40 thousand people lived in the region during the Classic Period… After lunch at the site (included), with an amazing panoramic view, we will visit the site museum. Return to Oaxaca to explore the streets and discover original art and handicrafts and the observance of All Saints Day, when special offerings are made to the local's ancestor's spirits… We may be able to catch a vigil at the cemetery today. Today we will visit the market & enjoy the lively ambiance in the city. Dinner at specially selected restaurant (included). Overnight at La Casa de Sierra Azul.

DAY 4
Tuesday, November 2nd
DAY OF THE DEAD IN OAXACA (B,L)

After breakfast at your hotel (included) we will visit the Santo Domingo de Oaxaca Cultural Center, where you will appreciate the impressive offerings and burial found at Monte Alban's Tomb # 7. We will appreciate more examples of magnificent Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art & visit the Ethnobotanical Gardens. We will alternate our activities between exploring the city and participating in the different Day of the Day celebrations, as we try to get beyond the paper mache skulls & skeletons & other decorations and try to get under the skin of Oaxaca by visiting a shrine to honour our friend's departed relatives. Lunch included today at specially selected restaurants. Dinner on your own. Overnight at La Casa de Sierra Azul.

DAY 5
Wednesday, November 3rd
ARBOL DEL TULE- MITLA- TEOTITLAN DEL VALLE- TLACOCHAHUAYA (B,L)

Breakfast included at your hotel. Transfer to Santa Maria del Tule, where you will visit an impressive 2,000 year old tree. Its survival to this day may be considered a true miracle as greedy eyes have seen this tree in a different perspective and have tried to turn it into furniture. The proud people of this village have protected the Arbol del Tule, which they consider their God-given heritage… We will then proceed to Mitla, or "Place of the Dead or Underworld", an important archaeological Zapotec site. Its name comes from the Nahuatl "Mictlan". It was a fortified city which flourished in the Late Post-Classic period, and dominated the central valleys of Oaxaca upon the arrival of the Spanish Conquerors. You will have some time to explore the market before we continue to Teotitlan del Valle, where we will appreciate hand woven carpets & tapestries, and visit the community's Museum. We will return to Oaxaca for a late lunch after a quick stop at Tlacochahuaya to visit a XVIth century convent and church which houses magnificent colonial paintings made with natural dyes. Lunch included at a specially recommended restaurant. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Oaxaca's many museums, galleries and shops. Dinner at specially selected restaurant (not included). Overnight at La Casa de Sierra Azul.

DAY 6
Thursday, November 4th
SAN BARTOLO COYOTEPEC- SANTO TOMAS JALIETZA- SAN MARTIN TILCAJETE (B,L)

After breakfast at your hotel (included) we will take a short drive up one of the hills adjoined to the valley of the City of Oaxaca. We will proceed to the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec, where we will appreciate black clay pottery and continue to San Martin Tilcajete, where we will see the locals making "alebrijes", famous hand-painted wood carved figurines representing animals. We will then head back to Oaxaca, where you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the colonial beauty of the city on your own. Lunch included at specially selected restaurant. Dinner on your own (not included). Overnight at La Casa de Sierra Azul.

DAY 7
Friday, November 5th
FLIGHT OAXACA- MEXICO CITY - USA (B)

Early morning transfer to Oaxaca's Airport (at 7:00 a.m. for example) At the Oaxaca airport you will board your flight to Mexico City or the United States. Upon arrival into the Benito Juarez International Airport you will proceed to the international terminal for your flight back home or proceed to your next adventure with us. Farewell.


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DAY 8
Saturday, November 5th
BAHIAS DE HUATULCO

Early morning transfer to Oaxaca's Airport (at 7:00 a.m.) for your flight to Bahias de Huatculco with a local airline, AEROVEGA. Check in for your flight at 7:30 a.m. Your scenic flight departs at 8:30 a.m. and you will have the opportunity to see some of the 9 beautiful bays from the air. Upon arrival, our representative will pick you up at the airport and take you to the Bay of Tangolunda, to the Plaza Huatulco Hotel. For your convenience, your hotel room has a kitchenette, swimming pool and a private terrace with a Jacuzzi. (This way you may be in control of your meals *and specially food hygiene*…) Your hosts will tell you about different beaches you can go to and activities you may choose from in the area (from PADI scuba diving, to renting boats, cars, etc.) We suggest you explore the village today and become acquainted with all you can do here. It is also very important you take time to become familiarized with the flag system indicating the tides & safety for swimmers. We know you will have no problem deciding what the best activities for you will be along this 50 kilometer stretch of beaches!!! Overnight at Plaza Huatulco Hotel.

DAY 9
Sunday, November 6th
BAHIAS DE HUATULCO

Enjoy the magnificent beaches along the Pacific Coastline in the neighbouring Bahias de Huatulco and return to your hotel in the evening. (Please note that the waves at Tangolunda beach are a bit strong, so our clients are advised not to go deep in the water. This is a beautiful beach & it is fine for sunbathing and splashing in shallow waters. Your hosts will tell you which beaches you may visit, as part of the fun here is to visit as many deserted beaches and little coves as you possibly can… The Tangolunda Beach is 100 meters from your hotel). Overnight at Plaza Huatulco Hotel.

DAY 10
Monday, November 7th
BAHIAS DE HUATULCO


Today we suggest a day trip to Crucecita and the Santa Cruz Bay. (There are many boatmen who will take you there or you may rent a boat for the day…) You may go snorkelling, too, enjoyed at its best in Bahia Chachacual, at the Huatulco National Park. Return to your hotel for overnight. Overnight at Plaza Huatulco Hotel.

DAY 11
Tuesday, November 8th
BAHIAS DE HUATULCO


Today could be a day to relax at your hotel or go river rafting on the Copalita River if you are up for adventure! Please let us know what your specific interests are so we may help you arrange some of these activities prior to your arrival. Overnight at Plaza Huatulco Hotel.

DAY 12
Wednesday, November 9th
FLIGHT HUATULCO- OAXACA- MEXICO CITY - USA


Early morning departure from your hotel back to the airport for your flight to Oaxaca with Aero Vega at 8:30 a.m. At the Oaxaca airport you will board your flight to the United States.