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Oaxaca, day of the dead deep experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Mexico

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Experience hosted by Salvador Jared

16 hours
Includes food, drinks, transport
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will get totally immersed into the celebration, because we will begin the day by going at first to the cemetery (This May not be possible due to local rules regarding pandemic time ) in order to welcome the dead one hour and a half we will head to the local market to buy groceries, fruits, bread , chocolate and everything we need to make our traditional altar at home, you can bring your dead relatives photos , so they can join us . After finishing the process of making an altar we will have a special lunch to get ready for the evening. We will arrange the things we need to take back to the cemetery at night , we will have an explanation about the traditional food we prepare for the celebration, and have a taste of it accompanied with a very good small cup of Mezcal (we will have a master mezcalier from Matatlán who will explain us the process and how to drink mezcal properly) , and you’ll know how really you should drink it . After that we will go back to the cemetery and town of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, which is about 10 minutes by car , and we will begin at the “old cemetery “, so you can see where people were buried years ago , and after we will go to our space in the new cemetery, where my grandfather is buried , so that’s but why it is our private space, there you’ll see how the cemetery turns in a party full of happiness. Or we can have a party at home .
We will get totally immersed into the celebration, because we will begin the day by going at first to the cemetery (This May not be possible due to local rules regarding pandemic time ) in order to welcome the dead one hour and a half we will head to the local market to buy groceries, fruits, bread , chocolate and everything we need to make our traditional altar at home, you can bring your dead relatives photos , so they can join us . After fin…

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What's included

  • Food
  • Drinks
    Beer, mezcal, bottled water, hot chocolate and coffee are included .
  • Transport
    We will use local taxi service in order to support the local economy, the...
From ₹5,572
/ person
Sat, 31 Oct
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
₹5,572 per person
₹5,572 per person
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Meet your host, Salvador Jared

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 5 Reviews
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I’m a local inhabitant from Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, most of my life I’ve lived closely the day of the dead in this town, that, inspired me to study and get a tourism administration degree, and even write a thesis about this celebration, i have learned a lot by researching about it from interviews with locals and seeing how the different activities take place on this date , it is so vibrant and contagious the way people get prepared, that I’m sure everyone should see It at least once in a lifetime . I’ve taken 3 groups to live this special day , because my family owns a special space where we can enjoy the celebration in a very deep manner .
I’m a local inhabitant from Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, most of my life I’ve lived closely the day of the dead in this town, that, inspired me to study and get a tourism administration degree, and even write a thesis about this celebration, i have learned a lot by researching about it from interviews with locals and seeing how the different activities take place on this date , it is so vibrant and contagious the way people get prepared, that I’m sure everyone should see It at least once in a lifetime…
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Where you'll be

We will begin and finish the day by going to the local cemeteries, (this May change as we have to adjust to the new rules because of the pandemic) , then go to the old local market, to get the elements we need to make our day of the dead altar . After we get everything we need we will go to our home located about 10 minutes from Xoxocotlán, to make the activities we have prepared for you and also for you to see our lifestyle.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Sarah
November 2019
Quite a full day but a really fun one. I really felt like a member of the family. We met and checked out the graveyards, decorated Jared's grandfather's grave with flowers from the market, drove to his family's house, had a meal, helped create the altar, played with the kids, checked out the area, ate snacks and drank, made tamales, did a mezcal tasting, watched a traditional dance by the kids, had cake (it was a birthday), had our faces painted, went to the graveyards to see them all decorated, and hung out and drank and had fun late into the night. I am glad I chose this experience because I am a solo female traveler and when I first booked my trip I figured I could just walk around at the graveyards for this holiday. Not that I felt unsafe, but the expereince was so much more meaningful with a local and a specific grave, and a day with a local and his family. Jared's family went above and beyond to entertain and feed our group. Traveling on my own would have been difficult so I am glad I had a specific taxi for our group. We also had the option to go to another town the next evening for conitnued celebrations in Etla. That was also incredible and a once in a lifetime expereince. I do recommend this experience. It is very casual and relaxed and a marathon. haha! But I am so glad I chose to do this. I had a wonderful time.
Quite a full day but a really fun one. I really felt like a member of the family. We met and checked out the graveyards, decorated Jared's grandfather's grave with flowers from the…
Thomas
November 2019
Truly magical experience with Jared and his family over Day of the Dead. We started the experience visiting both the old and new cemeteries in Jared's home town of Xoxocotlán so we could decorate his grandfathers grave. This gave us a really personal feel to the festival as Jared explained the reasoning for each intricacy. We then headed to his home to meet his amazing family and celebrate with them throughout the day doing lots of different activities (such as making an alter, food tasting, making Tamales, how to make tortillas, Mezcal tasting, dancing with his family, face painting) and socialising. We then waited till nightfall and headed back to the cemetery to celebrate with his grandfather. Jared was knowledgable the whole time and knew pretty much everything we asked. We left feeling friendship with Jared and his family which was an amazing feeling. This is a unique and local experience that you won't find anywhere else with someone who's really passionate about his town and their traditions. P.S Jared's mum is the best cook on the planet!
Truly magical experience with Jared and his family over Day of the Dead. We started the experience visiting both the old and new cemeteries in Jared's home town of Xoxocotlán so we…
Diana
November 2019
A chance to spend The Day of the Dead with Jared's multi-generational family was an honour. It was the fondest memory of my trip, filled with unique, true experiences.
Karen
November 2019
With Jared, we were welcomed to share in his family’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations in a very authentic way. We experienced the many aspects of this special day, ranging from buying flowers at the market (with which we helped to decorate his Grandfather’s grave and the family’s ofrenda) to learning to make the chicken with black mole tamales (complete with taking the nixtomal — the lime-treated and partially cooked corn — to the local mill to be ground into the tamale masa). Our day with Jared provided us with a much deeper understanding of how a local family experiences and celebrates the traditions of the Dia de los Muertos. We would highly recommend Jared’s experience!
With Jared, we were welcomed to share in his family’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations in a very authentic way. We experienced the many aspects of this special day, ranging from buy…
Dani
November 2019
Jared did an amazing job of creating the full immersion experience of Dia de los muertos. We were able to participate in a way that most normal tourists could not. We did everything from helping decorate his grandfather's grave and creating an offrenda at his home to tasting mescal and learning how to make tamales. Jared's lovely family participated and actively in our experience with his father and his brother-in-law driving us around, his mother teaching us the art of making tamales, his sister doing our make-up, and his nieces and nephews performing traditional dances for us. We finished the evening surrounded by the light, music and colour that is the cemeteries after dark (there were even food vendors wandering between the graveyards selling snacks). It was an exhausting and amazing day! Thanks, Jared, for a one-of-a kind, once in a lifetime experience.
Jared did an amazing job of creating the full immersion experience of Dia de los muertos. We were able to participate in a way that most normal tourists could not. We did everyth…

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  • Sat, 31 Oct
    9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    ₹5,572 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

You must be really curious , willing to enjoy this as a party, this day isn’t sad for us at all , also be open minded to really change the way you live for a day , and if you like to party , that is good , we want to get you involved in everything we do on this date so be prepared for small work.

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