Our job is to open doors and create connections. This deep immersion Day of the Dead trip is one-of-a-kind because we partner with Zapotec weaver, Porfirio Gutierrez and family , and take you inside the makings and goings on of this celebration in the village of Teotitlan del Valle.
Porfirio opens the doors of his house and this fascinating, traditional community to a small group of you this October. The celebrations around the Days of the Dead in Oaxaca are about family, community, memory, life, death, food and beauty.
Thousands of visitors are drawn to Oaxaca to view this special festival. But to live it up close, from shopping in the market for supplies, preparing the food, creating an altar and being immersed in the goings on of a traditional village is an experience available to few from the outside. Join Porfirio and his family in Teotitlan for this special experience.
Porfirio’s family has been weavers and dyers for generations. His ancestors were born in Teotitlan, his ancestors rest here. “In our beliefs,” says Porfirio, “every year they come back to visit during Days of the Dead and we celebrate that moment with them and with those around us.”
Not only will we immerse ourselves in the festival preparations as making tortillas, prepare cacao seeds for chocolate, roast peppers, eat mole, wrap tamales, take offerings to village altars and of course spend time in cemeteries. We’ll also visit artisans. We’ll focus on those who produce some of the key items used this time of year, from handmade bees wax candles, to clay pottery and distilled mezcal. And of we’ll learn about wool, natural dyeing and weaving. I’ll share the work of my family and other weavers whose work I respect. And there will be more, from a visit to a fine lace worker, flying shuttle loom artisans, traditional-contemporary clay sculpture work, home cooked food, a thriving artisans collective, Zapotec ruins, the old city of Oaxaca, the village of Mitla.
These will be tremendously enriching days in the heart of this old land, a very special experience made possible by generous people, open doors and the cultural richness the defines Oaxaca.
Tour Itinerary by Day:
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
NOTE: ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Tour Name: Ancestors Journey: Arts, Food and Ritual in Oaxaca’s Days of the Dead
Where: Oaxaca Valleys
When: Oct 30th – Nov 6th, 2016
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour Capacity: 11 passengers
Cost: $2,150 usd
Early Bird Discount: $1,950 usd if you pay before July 15th
Single Supplement: $300
Optional Tour to Monte Alban: $45 usd (minimum of 3 participants)
Included: hotel, all listed meals, private transport, 2 guides, entry fees for listed events and visits.
Not Included: Does not include alcoholic drinks, airport transfers, airfare, tips to guides.
Registrations will be considered confirmed upon receipt of deposit of $450.
You will have two options to pay online: by credit card payment or with a paypal account.
The balance of your tour price is due 90 days before the beginning of the tour (July 30th). We will send you a reminder email about a week before that time.
Cancellation Fees: Days Prior to Departure
91 or more days - deposit refunded less $250 administration fee
61-90 days - 75% of tour fee refunded
31-60 days - 50% of tour fee refunded
30 days or less - no refund