Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende
October 27-November 3, 2024
Mexico City, Oct. 24-27
Immerse yourself in one of Mexico’s most beautiful holidays: Dia de Los Muertos is a mixture of indigenous tradition and Catholic feast. It’s when people show love and respect for deceased family members by building colorful altars. They decorate graves with favorite foods and bundles of marigolds. Papel Picado is draped from the rooftops and fanciful catrinas line the shops and often the streets. This holiday is so unique and important that UNESCO has declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Tradition runs deep in Mexico. And even though San Miguel celebrates with a modern twist that includes parades and costumes, the nearby countryside keeps the simplistic beauty of this sacred holiday alive. When not roaming the cobbled streets of this colonial gem and sampling the best cuisine the town has to offer, we'll explore the surrounding villages with their arts and crafts as well as the award-winning vineyards, Indigenous ruins, and cactus and buganvilia-studded landscape.
Experience Day of the Dead
$3200 per person, double occupancy
Our San Miguel Day of the Dead tour includes 7 nights at a luxury villa, all ground transportation after arriving to San Miguel and until checkout, all group activities, cooking classes, bilingual tour guides, and all meals specified in the itinerary.
The tour price does not include airfare or transportion to San Miguel, tips to guides and hotel/house employees, or alcoholic beverages other than what's served to the group during our scheduled events.
A $1000 deposit is required to secure your place in our Day of the Dead tour. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations at the villa vary in size and decor, early registration is highly recommended.
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Culture & Cuisine
Arrive to your private accommodations in San Miguel and delve into colonial Mexico. Settle in before joining the group for a welcome drink and introductions on the patio. For dinner, a private chef will prepare a multi-course feast of local specialities.
See San Miguel photo gallery
Discover a Colonial Gem
Enjoy a walking tour of San Miguel, known as "The Cradle of Independence" for the important role it played in Mexico's independence from Spain. We'll visit colonial churches, wander past 400-year old homes and get a feel for how San Miguel manages to be both a vibrant contemporary town as well as a true colonial gem. After breaking for churros and hot chocolate, we’ll head to the market to peruse the stalls piled high with tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, chiles, herbs and flowers. Then delve into the secrets of the traditional Mexican kitchen, including homemade tortillas, with a traditional Mexican cooking class and late lunch. Free evening.
Mexico's New Wine Country
Visit the ceramics workshops of Dolores Hidalgo, watching as artists mold and paint their creations, before lunch at Vicente's. Indulge in their famed carnitas and gorditas with an array of flavorful salsas. We'll sample exotic ice creams in the main square: avocado, tequila, beer, before heading to Santisima Trinidad for a wine and olive oil tasting. Free evening to wander the charming cobblestone streets and discover San Miguel’s vibrant restaurant scene.
Pre-Hispanic Culture & Cuisine
Discover the pre-Hispanic world of central Mexico with a guided tour of Cañada de la Virgen, our local pyramids, followed by a country lunch of indigenous cuisine. Free afternoon to explore the Day of the Dead markets scattered throughout town. Evening cooking class featuring the national dish of Mexico--the Chile en Nogada.
Guanajuato & the Silver Rush
Today, we’re off to Guanajuato, an historic jewel one hour from San Miguel. This colonial town features underground tunnels, colorful shops and houses climbing up the steep hillsides. We’ll lunch on specialties from the Bajio region. Visti the Diego Rivera museum. Free evening to visit and admire the many Day of the Dead altars that are set up around town.
Masks, Music & Much More
We'll visit the mask museum at Casa de la Cuesta to learn about the culture and traditiona behind Day of the Dead. Then enjoy some free morning to enjoy the town at your own pace. Head to the Fabrica Aurora to see what our local artists are up to or shop until you drop--a favorite pasttime of many visitors. Dinner, drinks and live music at the villa.
Dia de los Muertos
On this day—the Day of the Dead, we’ll head to the villages to visit their cemeteries and learn their traditions. On our return, we'll visit Atotonilco with its historic church before touring Galeria Atotonilco, famous for its folk art as well as Casa Rana, a nearby artist’s home, made of mosaics. Country lunch at Nirvana. Farewell dinner with the tasting menu at Dos Casa.
After our last lovely breakfast, return by taxi or shuttle to either the Leon or Queretaro airport.
Join our add-on adventure!
For those flying into Mexico City, come a few days early and discover what this amazing city has to offer. Journey into the center of the Aztec Empire and to the canals of Xochimilco, eating exquisite meals along the way. (October 24-27)
Day of the Dead activities subject to change depending on local festivals and weather.