Tour Mexico City on the Day of the Dead!
If you’re in Mexico City on November 1, you don’t want to miss the chance to take part in Day of the Dead, one of Mexico’s most cherished annual traditions. This tour only happens once a year! Painted faces. Colorful costumes. Graveside parties to remember deceased family and friends. Expect to find people celebrating these traditions and more in Mexico during Day of the Dead.
Visit a cemetery swathed in candlelight near Mexico City and stroll by gravestones and shrines ornamented with marigolds, food, and images of skeletons. Then float down the decorated canals of Xochimilco in a trajinera, or colorful gondola, and pass by floating gardens known as chinampas.
The holiday is rooted in Aztec and Catholic customs but has evolved into a celebration that appeals to people across Mexico. Travel to a cemetery that has been transformed into a commemorative wonderland, where thousands of lit candles cast an ethereal glow over marigolds, which are believed to form a spiritual path that the dead can follow. Learn about the ofrendas spread about the cemetery: homemade altars, sugar skulls, pan de muertos (bread of the dead), and more. After experiencing such a mystical and somber ambiance, return to reality on a ride to the southern district of Xochimilco in Mexico City.
Follow your guide to a dock where you step into a trajinera, a brightly colored gondola. Float down a network of waterways to see chinampas, a.k.a. floating gardens, and riverbanks decorated with colorful images of skeletons and skulls. As you float, listen to folklore about figures such as La Llorona (the crying mother), whose guilt-ridden spirit haunts the waters. After the boat ride, your guide takes you back to the meeting point near Zocalo.
- Day of the Dead tour in Mexico City on November 1
- Walk through a cemetery with private shrines lavishly decorated with flowers and the departed’s favorite foods.
- Take a night ride on a trajinera (gondola) down the canals of Xochimilco and see beautiful islands of marigolds.
- Learn from an expert guide about the history of this holiday.
- Xochimilco canal ride
- Cemetery tour
- Local guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)