Join us on this incredible journey to Oaxaca, home to 16 different indigenous groups, the largest indigenous population of any Mexican state, during the annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dating back to the Aztecs, this celebration is a family event to remember departed souls and to celebrate the resurrection of their spirits. They are welcomed back with seas of marigold flowers, elaborate sugar skulls, painted faces, colorful parades, live music and traditional dances.
We will explore Oaxaca’s rich culture through excursions to historical archeological ruins, mezcal palenques, and artisan workshops and witness Oaxaca’s vital culture of resistance based on local indigenous traditions. We will meet the local leaders and women who are often at the forefront of these struggles, organizing themselves and their communities and leading efforts to revitalize local language and culture.
- Take part in the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Celebrations
- Learn about the indigenous people of Oaxaca, their history and struggle to maintain identity
- Meet with local political figures to learn about the current political situation
- Speak with social justice leaders, including professors, teachers, and activists
- Explore the colonial city of Oaxaca while you learn about its history
- Explore local markets
- Learn about Oaxacan migration to the U.S.
- Learn about the repercussions of resort tourism development for local people
- Meet artists and learn about the role they play in the popular movement of Oaxaca
- Visit to a temazcal, a traditional vapor bath and learn about herbology and traditional medicine
Single Room Upgrade
Available for $250 extra
In country transport
Includes airport pick-up and drop-off
Prep Reading materials
Juan de Dios, educator and activist from Oaxaca, leading Global Exchanges’s delegations for 15 years.
Two meals a day
Two meals daily (usually breakfast and lunch)
To all program activities
To organizations, speakers, communities we visit
What’s Not Included
Visa and passport fees
Items of personal nature
Tips to guides, drivers, hotel staff, wait staff
Times and events subject to change