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Unmapped 13-Day lux-advenutre Day of the Dead tour in Mexico

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Day 1: Bienvenido! Welcome to Mexico!

Stop At: Zocalo, Calle Plaza de La Constitucion S/N, Mexico City 06000 Mexico
Your Mexican foodie adventure begins in Mexico City. After landing at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll meet your tour leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing and sunset welcome drink.
Next, we’ll head out into the night for your first taste of Mexican cuisine at a nearby restaurant, where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers further.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 2: Introducing Mexico City!

Stop At: Zocalo, Calle Plaza de La Constitucion S/N, Mexico City 06000 Mexico
After loading up on your first Mexican breakfast, we’re heading to the Zocalo (main square) for a visit to the cathedral and national palace.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mercado de San Juan, Calle de Ernesto Pugibet No. 21, Mexico City Mexico
Near the historic centre, we’ll visit one of the largest and most important markets in the city, Mercado San Juan. Your guide will show you around, so you can see, smell and taste the fresh ingredients used in Mexican cuisine. Make sure to try some samples! The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Plaza Garibaldi, Just off of Eje Central downtown., Mexico City 68116 Mexico
onight, we’re having our first traditional Mexican night out! We’ll visit a local Mexican cantina and sip on mezcal and tequila, then we’ll take in a mariachi performance at Plaza Garibaldi before heading to the Lucha Libre arena. Mexican wrestling is the second-most watched sport in Mexico, we’ll soak up the atmosphere as we watch dramatic Lucha Libre moves. What a start to your Mexican adventure!
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 3: Mystical Tepoztlán

Stop At: Pyramids of Tepoztlan, Lomas de Atzingo,Cuernavaca,Morelos, 62156 Mexico
This morning, we leave early and travel to Tepoztlán to explore this fascinating town and the nearby Aztec ruins with a local guide. Tepoztlán is considered the birthplace of the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, and is an important indigenous site. The town itself has a well-preserved historic centre and is surrounded by soaring cliffs, on the top of which is the Tepozteco pyramid.
Many people still feel a kind of magic or energy about the town and it is a mecca for artists and mystics. The one hour walk up hill to the pyramid is challenging, but we’ll help each other along the way and once at the top, the view of Tepozteco is mesmerising.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Tepozteco, Tepoztlan Mexico
This afternoon we will go to see traditional altar building and/or lamp creating that forms part of the Day of the Dead ceremony. With luck, we'll be able to get our hands dirty helping to create these objects, and then participate in the ceremony that follows.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 4: Dare to explore Doll Island?

Stop At: Mexico City Taqueria, 1 W Union St, Ashland, MA 01721, USA
This morning, we’ll visit the University of Mexico to see its spectacular display of traditional Day of the Dead altars. This is a very popular activity for locals so we’ll arrive early to avoid the queues.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Island of the Dolls, Island on the canals of Xochimilco, Mexico City Mexico
Next, we’ll take a traditional boat to Xochimilco Doll Island. Doll's Island (or Isla de las Muñecas) is an island dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who drowned in mysterious circumstances. This small island is home to hundreds of dolls - many of them with severed limbs, decapitated heads and black eyes - who are said to be possessed by the girl's spirit. Local legend says that the dolls move their heads and arms and have even been known to open their eyes!
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Historic Center (Centro Historico), Avenida Juarez 66, Mexico City 06000 Mexico
A trip to Mexico City is never complete without trying some authentic tacos, so this evening, we’re heading out on a 'taco crawl' around town. We’ll explore a variety of tastes, including the locals' favorite ‘taquerias’, Don’t ask for the ingredients, just trust your taste buds!
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 5: Hola, Puebla!

Stop At: Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl National Park, Mexico
Today we say goodbye to Mexico City and hello to Puebla.
Before arriving to this beautiful colonial city, we’ll stop at Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park to take in the incredible views of Iztaccihuatl and Popocateptl volcanoes, before enjoying a hike surrounded by the diverse flora and fauna of the park.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Puebla Legendaria, Puebla Mexico
After a local lunch, we’ll make our way to Puebla and after checking into our boutique colonial-style hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Take some time to rest at the hotel or ask your guide for recommendations if you feel like exploring Puebla.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Zocalo, Puebla Mexico
In the evening, we’ll head out for a group dinner in one of the best restaurants in Puebla and a local favourite. The restaurant uses produce from local producers and most recipes on the menu were collected from local families, making it the best place to try traditional dishes from the area.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 6: A culinary day in Puebla

Stop At: City Market La Comer, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, Centros Comerciales Desarrollo Atlixcayotl, Puebla, Pue., Mexico
As Puebla is one of the culinary capitals of Mexico, there’s no better place to have a cooking class. This morning, we’ll learn how to make some local dishes, including mole poblano, a Mexican favourite. The day will start with a visit to the market to pick out the ingredients, before donning our aprons in the kitchen.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Street of Candies, Av. 6 Oriente Intersection Calle 2 Nte, Puebla Mexico
After enjoying the typical Mexican lunch we have prepared, the afternoon continues with a city tour. Puebla has retained its colonial heritage despite rapid growth and development, and you’ll visit Calle de Los Dulces (Candy street) and El Parian (handicraft market), as well as the impressive Rosary Chapel.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Zocalo, Puebla Mexico
All that walking is thirsty work, so we’ll end the tour with a craft beer tasting at a local brewery. Then, the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy!
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star accommodation

Day 7: Mexico’s magic mountains

Stop At: Cuetzalan Mío, Azteca Norte no. 13 Local 15 Colonia, Reserva Territorial Quetzalcóatl, Bello Horizonte, 72700 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
Nestled in the hills above Puebla is Cuetzalan, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (magic towns). Today we’ll visit this small, lively town where you will meet the locals and sample a few tasty specialties of the area.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: City Hall, Av. Don Juan de Palafox y. Mendoza 14, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
Upon arriving into town, we’ll embark on a subterranean adventure to discover the many different natural caves and waterfalls in Cuetzalan. First, we’ll rappel down to the Gruta Xalostoc, also known as the cave of sand. We’ll continue hiking to visit the waterfalls where we’ll have some time to swim and cool down before heading to a traditional sewing workshop.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: City Hall, Av. Don Juan de Palafox y. Mendoza 14, Centro, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
In the afternoon, before heading back to Puebla, enjoy a nerve-wracking traditional dance ceremony from Los Voladores de Cuetzalan (Dance of the Flyers) during which the performers dance around a 30-metre-high pole, then climb atop it!
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star accommodation

Day 8: Oaxaca – Mexico’s foodie capital

Stop At: Oaxaca City, Barrio de Jalatlaco, 68080 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
After breakfast, we’re off to another gastronomic gem - Oaxaca. Upon arrival, we’ll check into our boutique hideaway before taking a walking tour of the city. After exploring the historic centre, you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Oaxaca City, Barrio de Jalatlaco, 68080 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
This evening, we ramp up our Day of the Dead activities. Around 7pm we’ll start by visiting a local cemetery, and experience how the locals farewell the dead. We’ll explore the colourful decorations of the cemetery, including special gifts for the dead, brought to them by their families. The evening will give you a true understanding of what a joyful and significant celebration this is.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 9: Exploring Oaxaca

Stop At: Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca Mexico
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Oaxaca has much to offer and today we’ll take a full-day tour of the city including lunch at a local family’s home.
Your local guide will take you to the Mitla ruins, which were once the religious centre for the Zapotec people, and Hierve el Agua, a group of stunning natural rock formations where the minerals resemble cascading waterfalls.
We’ll sip on the famous, tequila-like local booze, mezcal, but not before checking out the Tule Tree, a 1500-year-old tree that's over 11 meters wide. Later, learn about a peculiar tradition not many can witness when visiting Oaxaca: beeswax candle making. We'll visit a local shop that keeps this tradition alive to learn about the technique involved in making these delicate candles.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Callejon Hidalgo 917 Centro, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
The evening is free for you to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy Oaxaca’s nightlife.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 10: Beachside chic in Tulum

Stop At: Tulum Beach, Tulum Mexico
Today we’ll catch a flight to the beautiful coastal town of Tulum – a place of gorgeous seas, blindingly bright sand and ancient ruins. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya and stood at the height of its progress during the 13th and 15th centuries. It offers a blissful combination of total relaxation, tranquility and seclusion, but with enough outdoor activities to keep you busy for days.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tulum Beach, Tulum Mexico
You’ll have the day free to settle into our new home, an eco-chic wellness retreat located right on the beach. Then, in the evening, we’ll enjoy a relaxing temazcal ceremony. This ‘sweating lodge’ was traditionally used by Mayans to remove all bad energy and cleanse their souls. Nowadays, it is used in spa rituals to cleanse and purify body, mind and soul. Enjoy!
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Tulum Beach, Tulum Mexico
To finish off this day of pampering, we’ll enjoy a relaxing meal as the sun sets on our first day in Tulum.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star accommodation

Day 11: Cycling, cenotes and cocktails

Stop At: Tulum Archaeological Site, Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, Tulum 77780 Mexico
After enjoying a beach-side breakfast, we’ll hop on our bikes and pedal to Tulum’s archaeological site. This ancient Mayan city was once an important trading port, protected against invaders by a high wall. Situated on a cliff, overlooking a white sandy beach, it offers wonderful views and Insta-worthy photo opportunities.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Cenotes Sac Actun, Carretera Federal 307, Tulum 77760 Mexico
Afterwards, we'll continue cycling until we reach a local cenote where we’ll take a swim to cool off. Taking a dip in this secluded natural pool within an open-air cave will definitely be a highlight of your trip.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Tulum Beach, Tulum Mexico
After cycling back to the hotel through laid-back Tulum Town, you have the rest of the afternoon to chill out, swim or explore the area. In the evening, we’ll meet by the sea where some delicious pre-dinner Mexican cocktails will be waiting for you. The perfect way to end the day.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 12: Kayak through paradise

Stop At: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Sian Ka'an Mexico
Fill up on breakfast this morning, because today we take to the water! Our first stop is the Siaan Kaan Biosphere, a UNESCO world heritage site and the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. This reserve covers 10% of the state of Quintana Roo and is one of the most eco-diverse reserves in the world.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Muyil, Reforma Agraria-Puerto Juárez km 25, Chunyaxche, 77710 Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R., Mexico
We’ll kayak through two beautiful lagoons in the reserve: Muyil amd Chinuyaxche. As we paddle along, we’ll take in the sights of the surrounding jungle and hear the calls of the many species of birds and other animals that call this area home.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tulum Beach, Tulum Mexico
After returning to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy and relax before we meet for a final night dinner.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at 5-star hotel

Day 13: See ya, Mexico!

Stop At: Tulum Beach, Tulum Mexico
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to sunny Mexico! Your adventure comes to an end today. But, If you just can’t bear to say goodbye to Tulum, we’re more than happy to help with arrangements.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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