Day of the Dead in Mexico City

You might have seen it in the movies or on TV but now's your chance to experience the Day of the Dead in real life with this six-day tour. Explore Mexico City's markets and tuck into local street food. Get into the spirit with traditional face painting then join a citywide procession. Venture to a small town to witness the elaborate altars built in honour of loved ones passed. You'll walk away with a greater appreciation for this important cultural event and some incredible memories to boot.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: CMDD/126302
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Finishes: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Mexico City



Day 1: Mexico City

Arrive at any time.
Day of the Dead takes place between October 31 and November 2 and is a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Families will build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries, to be with the souls of the departed. It is believed that the souls will come back to visit and take part in the celebrations. Some of the “ofrendas” (altars) are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honoured on November 1. Adults are remembered on November 2. It is generally a festive rather than somber gathering.


Day 2: Mexico City

Get out and explore Mexico City by walking through the historic centre with the CEO. Stop by the Jamaica Market to chat with some vendors, and learn about Day of the Dead goods for sale. Visit the San Juan Market to check out food stalls and sample some delicious Mexican street food.


Day 3: Mexico City

Get into the spirit of Day of the Dead with a bit of face painting before setting off to take in Mexico City's procession. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore Mexico City and surroundings. In the evening, head out to one of the many Day of the Dead street parties in the city.


Day 4: Mexico City

Travel to the small town of San Andrés Mixquic in the afternoon to take in a procession to the graveyard. Visit a cemetery to see the elaborate altars and offerings prepared by locals in honour the memories of their loved ones.


Day 5: Mexico City

Take advantage of a free day to explore more of Mexico City and surroundings. Opt to visit the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán, check out the Frida Kahlo Museum, or join the festivities on water on a boat in Xochimilco.


Day 6: Mexico City

Depart at any time.

    • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: San Juan Market visit, Mexico City
    • Mexico City walking tour
    • Visit to Jamaica Market to learn about ceremonial objects used for Day of the Dead
    • San Juan Market visit with lunch
    • Face painting
    • Day of the Dead parade
    • Day of the Dead street party
    • San Andrés Mixquic day trip with cemetery visit to participate in graveyard procession
    • Free time in Mexico City
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (5 nts)
    • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    • Private vehicle, metro, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Shop for Day of the Dead goods at Jamaica Market
  • Get into the spirit with face painting
  • Join one of many street parties
  • Witness a graveyard procession in a small town
  • Indulge in Mexican street food