Muertos in Oaxaca
October 22 - November 3, 2017
I love Oaxaca and I love Día de los Muertos, so bringing a group here for this holiday is obviously a great idea. Except...I've never been to Oaxaca for Muertos! And I haven't brought a tour here of any sort for almost ten years, so my contacts and connections are rusty. Therefore, this is a different sort of trip for My Mexico Tours, a collaborative tour with my friend Jane Robison.
I will be hosting the tour, "fluffing & puffing" and playing den mother, as it were, but the real organizer/guide will be Jane, an American woman who has lived in Oaxaca for many, many years. Jane has led this tour for 20 years and her long term relationships with the people here and her knowledge of all things Oaxacan (especially folk art) are what really attracts me to her tour. As she puts it, "What makes this tour special is our friends in the villages who treat us royally and share their homes with us." That's my kind of tour and we will all - me included - be along for what looks to be a great ride. I can't wait!
We'll be staying at Casa Colonial, a fun and funky B&B that Jane and her late husband Thorny bought 20+ years ago. It's a rambling, charming comfortable place with marvelous staff, tasty food (three meals a day are included), and beautiful common areas and gardens all around to relax, read a book, make art, or just chill.
The tour will begin with visits to the folk art villages, major archeological sites, etc. and get more and more focused on Muertos as November 1 and 2 come around. Our days will be full of adventures and most evenings will be free, the perfect time for enjoying the city of Oaxaca itself.
Muertos in Oaxaca is a deeply personal holiday for Jane, as her husband Thorny is buried here. We have been invited to join in the graveside celebration for him and we are all invited - make that encouraged - to participate in building the altar at Casa Colonial, which I can tell you from personal experience is the very best way to not just observe Muertos but to experience it.
When you travel with MY MEXICO TOURS the hands-on care begins before you leave home. I’ll help you find the best flight, send you interesting background information on the area and events we’ll be seeing, and about three weeks before the tour you’ll receive a detailed information booklet with your daily itinerary, travel notes, packing list, suggested reading, and more.