All photos by Adriana Zehbrauskas

Day of the dead in oaxaca, mexico                             7 day expedition

$3,995.00 per person based on double occupancy. add $1,100 Supplemental charge for single traveler. $500 deposit per-person reserves your space.


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Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico are an astonishing and important tradition. Join award winning photographer Adriana Zehbrauskas on a fascinating expedition to one of Mexico's true gems: Oaxaca. World renowned for both its cuisine and artisans, we will take you to unseen corners of this amazing state. We will have private access to a rancho where you can photograph the tradition of Mexico "Charros," or rodeos, you will visit a distillery where they make the infamous and delicious local spirit "mescal" and photograph the famous weavers in the picturesque small towns that surround the colonial capital city. The city itself is a gorgeous blend of sumptuous colors, enchanting music and the best food in Mexico. The trip culminates in the region's cemeteries and private homes, where families come to honor those that have passed on during the Day of the Dead celebrations. An experience not to be missed!

Arrival Day - Oaxaca

Arrival day in the colonial marvel of Oaxaca. Stroll the amazing plazas , dine in some of Mexico’s finest restaurants, sample some of the local mescal and settle into your beautiful colonial hotel.

Day One - Oaxaca, San Jose Etla

Morning meet up with you photo expert and guide, the amazing Adriana Zehbrauskas. Over pan dulce, huevos mexicanos and fresh juice get to know her and ask any questions about the upcoming expedition. We spend the day exploring Oaxaca’s historical and stunning plazas, churches and streets. We then head to a local private rancho to photograph a Charro, or Mexican rodeo. We will wait for ideal afternoon light to visit this very traditional Oaxacan rancho and then have a sumptuous dinner at Casa Crespo to talk about the day’s events and the week to come! (B, L, D)

Day Two - Santa Catarina Minas, San Antonio Castillo Velasco

Mescal is the local version of tequila and the process of making the spirit is especially fascinating. It has been a generational tradition in the beautiful village of Santa Catarina Minas, located just south of Oaxaca. After a great lunch in Ocotlán de Morelos, we pay a visit to the charming town of San Antonino Castillo Velasco where the local economy is based on flower production. Colorful and vibrant, it is a splendid place to make photographs of the lovely people and flowers and watch another glorious Mexican sunset. (B, L, D)

Day Three - Tlacolula de Matamoros

One of Mexico’s most amazing market towns, Tlacolula is a photographer’s paradise. People from all the surrounding villages come here every Sunday, for generations, to sell and trade their wares. It is an ideal place for lunch with the freshest vegetables, fruits and a series of grills where you can have your lunch made. The regional specialty is roasted lamb. After lunch in the market, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore Oaxaca. Dinner at the fabulous Zicanda restaurant in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day Four - Xoxocotlan

We have an easy morning as the next two days will be extraordinary. Then we travel a few kilometers south to the Pantheon in Xoxocotlan where the preparations for Day of the Dead will begin. We arrive early, before the tourists, to take advantage of the light. People from throughout the region arrive to adorn the graves and tombs of their loved ones. We have an early morning the next day so we will head back to Oaxaca by 8pm or so. (B, L, D)

Day Five - Santa Maria Atzompa, San Jose Etla

Pre-sunrise departure (we promise it is worth the early wake up!) to witness a Day of the Dead ceremony in the pantheon, one of the most amazing rituals in Oaxaca.  Then it is a delicious and traditional breakfast in a private home.  We then head back into Oaxaca for a well deserved siesta and rest. In the evening we will witness a Comparsa, a traditional dance in the town of San Jose Etla. The Comparsa is a kind of carnival where men disguised as women, dance and do theater. The costumes are over the top and you aren’t likely to find a better spectacle to photograph, anywhere! It is a Day of the Dead tradition like no other. (B, D)

Day Six - Mitla

Our last day is a special one. We visit private homes in Mitla to see the various altars they have set up to honor their loved ones. Neighbors, friends and family visit bringing offerings and gifts. It is a very subdued and beautiful tradition, much different than the Comparsa from yesterday. We then have our traditional last night fiesta and dinner at Casa Oaxaca with a screening of all your great photographs from the week! Viva Mexico! (B, L, D)

 Day Seven - Oaxaca

Departure day, for some it's back home, for others, perhaps further adventures in Latin America!

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