4-Day Day of the Dead Cultural Immersions

Mérida, Mexico

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  • Location:
    Location: Mérida, Mexico
  • Departures:
    Departures: 9:00 AM (local time)
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 4 days
  • Operates:
    Operates: Monday - Sunday (October - November)
  • Tour Code:
    Tour Code: 12995
  • Experience four days of festivities during the "Feast of the Spirits", an ancient harvest festival which predates today's "Day of the Dead"
  • Discover elaborate ceremonies and traditions while delving deep into Yucatecan culture
  • Learn how to prepare traditional Day of the Dead dishes
  • Participate in a twilight mass at a Maya cemetary

Our Expert Guide will accompany you on a 4-day Day of the Dead cultural experience as you learn about, observe, and participate in a variety of local traditions which are sure to leave a lasting impact.

Hanál Pixán, or "Feast of the Spirits" in Mayan is an ancient harvest festival that predates today's Day of the Dead by centuries. These traditions are alive and well in Yucatán, where for a full week people prepare altars in honor of a visit from their departed ancestors, and make special foods for their enjoyment. The most famous of these foods – mucbilpollo – is a giant tamal filled with chicken and baked in an underground oven, or píib. Its “burial” and “resurrection” are symbolic of the deceased family members who they believe will return to earth during the festival.

In this special four-day workshop we will learn the traditional method for preparing the tamal, as well as other traditional treats of Yucatecan cuisine. We will also go on an excursion to Izamál and the fabulously colorful Maya cemetery in Hoctún. Here, we will have the unique opportunity to participate in a twilight mass - a true cultural experience.

Join us for a complete cultural immersion and discover the ins and outs of one of Mexico's most famous festivals!

Note: First and last days are for airport pick up and transportation. Start time refers to starting time for the first activity on the second day. Not included in price: airfare, service tips at hotel, service tips at evening meals. Service tips for the Los Dos staff are not included and are at the discretion of the visitor; pesos or US dollars are welcome. Students may choose start day, but if already scheduled, clients may have to be flexible with regards to the start day.

Meeting / Return Point
Meeting Point:
Merida International Airport "Manuel Crescencio Rejón", Highway Mérida - Uman, kilometer 4.5, 97291 Mérida, YUC, Mexico
Return Point:
Tour returns to the original meeting point

* Pickups available with this tour.


Minimum 2 people to book this experience

  • Adult: $2350 USD

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What to bring
  • Cash for tips, sufficient luggage for duration of stay
What is included
  • Expert Guide, all transportation, excursions and entry fees, all taxes and tips except as noted
  • Five night accommodation, continental breakfast plus two additional meals each day, wine/beer service during main meal at Los Dos, one alcoholic beverage at all other meals
4-Day Day of the Dead Cultural Immersion

Mérida, Mexico