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Feel the life of Mexico during a unique celebration of death

Let El Dia de Muertos be your gateway into Mexico. An ancient festival that remains at the heart of Mexican popular culture, the Day of the Dead reflects the country’s many sides – colourful and mystical, satirical and political, contradictory and poignant, macabre and humorous. Travel from Mexico City up the Pacific coast to Chihuahua, joining the locals in remembering the departed and seeing how the country comes to life. Visit towns like La Noria and Patzcuaro to see traditional altars covered in offerings, cemeteries filled with life, and families decorating tombs. See reminders of pre-Colombian culture in archaeological ruins and traditional handicrafts, and experience the most ‘Mexican’ of cities – Guadalajara – the home of tequila and mariachi music. Sip tequila in its namesake, then board Mexico’s greatest engineering feat – the epic Chepe railway – for a three-day ride that covers the breathtaking scenery of the Copper Canyon. Disembark to explore incredible landscapes, then finish in Chihuahua. This trip will introduce you to the true spirit of Mexico.


Start
Mexico City, Mexico
Finish
Chihuahua, Mexico
Country
Mexico
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSLE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Gain a deeper understanding of one of the world’s most colourful and enigmatic celebrations – join in the festivities and go behind the scenes of the Day of the Dead

  • Explore Guadalajara, the most gloriously stereotypical of Mexican cities – look out for wide-brim sombreros, mariachis, tequila and rodeos

  • Embark on an incredible train journey through the stunning Copper Canyon aboard Mexico’s only real passenger train – El Chepe

Is this trip right for you?

  • Some included activities, such as guided tours of archaeological sites, can be strenuous. Be sure to bring comfortable and sturdy footwear.

  • There are a few long days of travel, as you'll be covering a lot of ground. So be prepared for some driving. You will, however, make stops at interesting locations along your way to break things up.

  • The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Arrive at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport, where you'll be transferred to your hotel. A complimentary transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.

In the evening (usually around 6 pm) you will meet your tour leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place, and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. This meeting will be followed by an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant.

There are enough activities to do in Mexico City to keep you busy for a week, so you may want to consider to arrive to Mexico City a day or two before the start of your trip. Some of the most popular activities in Mexico City (apart from the ones included in this trip) are:

Frida Kahlo Museum - for a deeper understanding of this renowned Mexican artist. Bear in mind that queues can be long to enter this museum, particularly on weekends. An Uber taxi from your hotel to the museum should cost approximately MXN 160.

Leon Trotsky Museum - Having come second best to Stalin on the race to the helm of the Soviet Union, Trotski was expelled and found refuge in Mexico City - where he was eventually murdered. The entrance fee includes free guided tours in English. Ask about it at the ticket box. An Uber taxi from your hotel to the museum should cost you approximately MXN 100.

Closer to your hotel (about 1km) you'll find Plaza Garibaldi, where for about MXN 200 you can get a Mariachi band to perform for you!
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geneve or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today starts with city tour of Mexico City. You'll visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, Zocalo (main square), National Palace and Museum of Anthropology. You will discover that Mexico City is an exciting mix of modern cosmopolitan glamour with remnants from both its ancient and colonial history. This afternoon you travel by private minivan to Teotihuacan - about 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. Here you'll discover the extraordinary Aztec ruins known as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon which dominate the skyline. This was once one of the country's biggest ancient cities and the Aztec capital. With the help of a local guide, you'll have time to stroll down ‘The Avenue of the Dead’ to see fascinating clues to what life here was like nearly 2,000 years ago.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geneve or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - City Tour
  • Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Mexico City - National Museum of Anthropology (Closed Mondays)
  • Mexico City - Teotihuacan archaeological site (inc. transport, entrance and guide)
Optional Activities
  • Mexico City - Mariachis in Garibaldi Square (Approx. for 2-3 songs) - MXN150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
First thing this morning you’ll visit to UNAM (University of Mexico) to see its spectacular display of traditional Day of the Dead altars. This is a very popular activity for locals so hopefully we’ll avoid the long queues by arriving early. As part of the Day of the Dead, people organise ceremonies at cemeteries for those not physically with them any longer. This tradition is particularly colourful and festive in the town of La Noria - so you will head there in the afternoon. Ceremonies start early in the afternoon with families decorating the tombs and continues on well into the night with parties, music and tequila (of course).
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geneve or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - Altar Exposition at Mexico National University
  • Mexico City - La Noria Cemetery visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you travel by private minivan to Patzcuaro (approximately 5 hours). Settle in at your hotel and hit the streets of Patzcuaro on a city tour which including a visit to the House of 11 Patios, the perfect location to witness the exquisite handcrafts produced in the Michoacan region. During this activity you will also have the opportunity to try the traditional ice-creams, hot chocolate and breads for which Patzcuaro is particularly renown in Mexico.

Today is the Day of the Dead main celebration day in Patzcuaro. So this evening you will take a boat trip to the Island of Janitzio to visit to local cemetery which is lit up by candle light and graves are traditionally decorated.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Mision Patzcuaro Centro Historico or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Patzcuaro - Day of the day activities, including evening boat trip to Janitzio Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today after breakfast you will visit the town of Santa Clara del Cobre, located only 30 minutes from Patzcuaro, where local artisans will show you how this soft metal has many other uses apart from hi-tech cabling.

From here you will visit the Tzintzuntzan archaeological site which comprises an impressive group of five round, reconstructed temples known as yacatas - silent reminders of the Tarascan empire which once dominated this region.

Michoacan's handicrafts have the deserved reputation of being the finest and most colourful in Mexico. Today you will visit the town of Santa Fe la Laguna, to see first hand these artists at work.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Mision Patzcuaro Centro Historico or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Patzcuaro - Village tour including a visit to that Yacatas of Tzintzuntzan archaeological site
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you travel by private transport to Guadalajara, Mexico second largest city (long second to DF!).

As you will soon discover, Guadalajara is home to some of Mexico's most popular cultural cliches such as wide-bream sombreros, tequila, mariachis and rodeos. However, your leader will too help you discover the more vanguard side it - particularly noticeable in the neighbourhoods such as Chapultepec.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Morales or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will take a comprehensive city tour of Guadalajara, including a visit to the Hospicio Cabanas. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, the Hospicio Cabañas provided care and shelter for the disadvantaged – orphans, old people, the handicapped and chronic invalids. Today, this Unesco World Heritage site is notable for the harmonious relationship between the open and built spaces, the simplicity of its design, and its size. In the early 20th century, the chapel was decorated with a superb series of murals, now considered some of the masterpieces of Mexican art. They are the work of José Clemente Orozco, one of the greatest Mexican muralists of the period.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Morales or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guadalajara - City tour, including a visit to Hospicio Cabanas
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will visit the traditional town of Tequila.

The small town of Tequila is surrounded by thousands of acres of carefully-cultivated blue agave fields. The blue agave is distilled to produce the world-famous alcoholic beverage of Tequila. Officially, only the blue agave can be used to make tequila.

The village of Tequila (officially Santiago de Tequila) is now a Unesco world heritage site and the Mexican government has added  the town to its list of Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) program - a program which aims at retaining town's natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance endemic to Mexico.

No visit to Tequila would be complete without a vist one or two Tequila destilieries. Enjoy responsibly and Salud!
Accommodation
  • Hotel Morales or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guadalajara - Tequila (town) visit
  • Guadalajara - Tequila factory visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a travel day as we leave Guadalajara behind and fly to Los Mochis, before taking a private vehicle to the Town of El Fuerte - the starting point of your "Chepe" train journey through the Copper Canyon.

Every day since 1961, El Chepe (as this unique train is familiarly called), ventures into the imposing landscapes of the sierra Tarahumara, until it reaches Barrancas del Cobre or Copper Canyon, as this region is known worldwide.

Four times bigger than the Colorado Canyon, this magnificent Mexican landscape serves as the backdrop of one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. With 655 kilometers of railroad tracks, 86 tunnels and 37 bridges, this route is regarded as one of the most important in the world and one of the master pieces of Mexican Engineering.
Accommodation
  • Hotel El Fuerte or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is an early start as your train departs to your first destination at 8.20am. You can expect to arrive at Divisadero at about 2.30pm. Divisadero's station is right at the rim of the Copper Canyon, offering impressive views of the canyon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Mancioin Taraumara or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you can take the time to take on any of the many of Divisadero's easy walking trails along the rim and look-out points. At 2.30pm you board the Chepe Train once more, traveling to the town of Creel, where you'll arrive by 3.45pm.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Fiesta Mexicana or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you have most of the day to explore the town of Creel. Creel is the starting point for many excursions to beautiful landscapes like the Lake of Arareko, Mushroom and Monks Valley and San Ignacio Mission.

Your train this afternoon departs at 3.45pm towards Chihuahua - your last destination on this fascinating journey. You will arrive to the station of Chihuahua by 9.35pm.

Chihuahua is an elegant colonial town built during the mining boom in the 19th century. You will spend two full days in this city exploring its many museums and quaint plazas.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Plaza Chihuahua or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will take a comprehensive city tour of Chihuahua, including a visit to the Revolution Museum. The museum was inaugurated in 1983. Amongst others, it dispays photographs and personal belongings of the revolutionary era of Pancho Villa, including the car in which he was traveling with his escort the day he was killed.


Accommodation
  • Hotel Plaza Chihuahua or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chihuahua - City Tour, including a visit to the Museo de la Revolucion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is for for you to, under the guidance of your expert tour leader, continue to explore the city of Chihuahua at your own pace.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Plaza Chihuahua or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to end today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts

Transport

Private minibus

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mexico City - City Tour
  • Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Mexico City - National Museum of Anthropology (Closed Mondays)
  • Mexico City - Teotihuacan archaeological site (inc. transport, entrance and guide)
  • Mexico City - Altar Exposition at Mexico National University
  • Mexico City - La Noria Cemetery visit
  • Patzcuaro - Day of the day activities, including evening boat trip to Janitzio Island
  • Patzcuaro - Village tour including a visit to that Yacatas of Tzintzuntzan archaeological site
  • Guadalajara - City tour, including a visit to Hospicio Cabanas
  • Guadalajara - Tequila (town) visit
  • Guadalajara - Tequila factory visit
  • Chihuahua - City Tour, including a visit to the Museo de la Revolucion

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Important notes

START AND END TIME:
On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.

COMPLIMENTARY ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
To book your complimentary arrival transfer you must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip.

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