Day of the Dead Yucatan Tour 2023

25 October, 2023
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9 Day Tour
Availability : Oct 25, 2023
Max People : 12
Day of the Dead Tour Summary

Oct 25 – Nov 2, 2023

Join in on the vibrant and colorful celebrations of Day of the Dead in Merida. This traditional Mexican festival is a chance to witness and actively participate in rituals and ceremonies that pay homage to deceased loved ones.

Master the art of traditional Mexican cuisine by taking a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn how to make Pib, a delicious and unique tamal made especially for the Day of the Dead celebrations. The class will be held by a local cook and you will learn about the history, tradition and the ingredients used in the tamal.

Explore the natural beauty of Mexico by visiting a variety of mesmerizing cenotes and an awe-inspiring cave system. The crystal-clear water, natural light and limestone formation of the cenotes and the cave system will leave you in awe.

Delve into the cultural significance of death and mourning by visiting three different cemeteries and witnessing the intricate and meaningful rituals of Day of the Dead up close. The tour will allow you to experience and understand the significance of this traditional celebration in the local culture.

  • Fully escorted tour, with the services of an Authentic Mexico Tours host, who is also a certified guide
  • Witness and engage in Day of the Dead celebrations in Merida and surrounding areas
  • Participate in a cooking class, and learn how to make Pib, a especial kind of tamal made especially for the celebration
  • Visit different cenotes and a cave system
Experience details
Not Included

$2,449usd per person (in double room)

  •   You can book with a 30% deposit
  •   Children aged 0-2 are free; children 2-12 pay $585usd (sharing room with parents)
  •   Should you need to cancel, the payment already made is transferable to other tours/departure dates
  •   Single room supplement is $570usd

9 days, 8 nights

Starts in Cancun, October 25th, 2023

Ends in Cancun, November 2nd, 2023

  •    Traveler insurance, valid for the entirety of the tour (5 days, please request separate document for coverage)
  •    8 overnights in well located, locally rated 4* hotels (2 nights at Presidente InterContinental in Cancun, 4 nights at El Castellano in Merida, and 2 nights at Real Hispano in Valladolid)
  •    Cooking class near Chichen Itza
  •    8 breakfasts at the hotels, including taxes and service charges
  •    Walking food tours in Cancun and Merida
  •    Day of the Dead celebrations in Merida
  •    Tips for porters and maids at hotels
  •    Private vehicle for the group with A/C (highway fees, parking fees and driver expenses included)
  •    Licensed English-speaking guide
  •    Small group tour (max 12 guests)
  •    Airfare to and from any airports
  •    Meals not described as included in the itinerary
  •    Personal expenses, including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, snacks
  •    Tips or gratuities for driver and Authentic Mexico Tours host/guide
  •    Anything not specifically and explicitly described as included in the itinerary
Day to day description
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Upon arrival in the city of Cancun, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will escort you to your beach hotel for check-in. Take the evening to relax and unwind after your journey, and get ready for an exciting experience ahead.

Accommodation at Presidente InterContinental Cancun; no meals included today


Today, you’ll visit the lesser-known but equally impressive archaeological site of Ek Balam. Far less visited than the nearby Chichen Itza, but no less remarkable. Marvel at the complexity of the statues, engravings and palaces, and feel free to climb the pyramids if you’re feeling adventurous. After your visit, the journey continues to the magical town of Izamal, where houses are painted in bright yellow and a local convent boasts the second largest atrium in the world. From here, you’ll head inland towards Merida for a four night stay. 

Accommodation at El Castellano; breakfast included today

Travel southwest to visit the picturesque and unique Mayan city of Uxmal, renowned for its intricate engravings and unique architectural style known as Puuc. This is one of the most important Mayan cities and it’s sure to leave you in awe. Afterwards, you’ll head to a nearby cave system, where you’ll have a striking encounter with the Mayan underworld. You’ll return to Merida early in the evening, in time to experience the vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations, known as Hanal Pixan in Maya.

Accommodation at El Castellano; breakfast included today

Today’s itinerary is more relaxed, allowing you to fully enjoy the charming colonial White City during a guided city tour, followed by a flavorful food tour of the local hotspots. Merida is a city that truly embodies the Mexican people- you’ll see evidence of its rich history, cultural diversity, and the pride of its inhabitants everywhere you look. Later in the evening, continue to indulge in the local Day of the Dead celebrations.

Accommodation at El Castellano; breakfast and lunch included today

A short distance from Merida, you’ll find an intriguing collection of cenotes, natural sinkholes that are considered sacred by the Mayan people. You’ll visit three different ones, learning about their different types, their connection to the Mayan underworld and their religious significance. Of course, you’ll have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in these crystal-clear waters. Afterwards, you’ll return to Merida to witness the Day of the Dead procession, the peak of the festivities in Merida, full of color, music, and delicious food. The procession ends at the main square, where you can join in the celebrations and admire the intricate altars on display.

Accommodation at El Castellano; breakfast included today

Prepare for an unforgettable, authentic experience as you immerse yourself in the daily life of a traditional Mayan community. You’ll have the opportunity to converse, learn and spend time with local families who are direct descendants of the ancient Mayan Kingdom. They’ll welcome you into their homes, sharing their customs, teaching you about traditional handcrafts, farming, and cooking techniques. Participate as much or as little as you like, and savor the delicious meal prepared by your host family, before taking a refreshing dip in the local cenote. The journey continues to the charming colonial city of Valladolid in Yucatan, for 2 nights of comfortable accommodation.

Accommodation at Real Hispano; breakfast included today

Rise and shine for an early start to visit the awe-inspiring archaeological site of Chichen Itza before the crowds arrive. Here, you’ll explore the main areas of the site, including the sacred cenote, where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the connection between this world and the world beyond, along with the ancient Mayan beliefs surrounding death. Before heading back to Valladolid, take a refreshing dip in a cenote and later, experience the local Day of the Dead celebrations in the evening.

Accommodation at Real Hispano; breakfast included today

Start your day off on the right foot with a captivating city tour of Valladolid, where you’ll delve into the traditional flavors and rich history of the Yucatan Peninsula. As you explore the charming streets of this vibrant city, you’ll learn about its past as a thriving hub of commerce and agriculture, as well as its important role in interactions between the Maya and the Spanish. After the tour, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own, whether it’s browsing the local markets, doing some shopping, or simply relaxing in a charming café. Later, you’ll head back to Cancun where you’ll embark on an unforgettable taco tour and discover the best local spots where locals actually dine. 

Accommodation at Real Hispano; breakfast and dinner included today

At the designated time, our professional driver will arrive at your hotel to drive you to the airport, after a trip been filled with unforgettable experiences, amazing sights and mouth-watering foods. We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and we hope that you’ll return soon to discover more of the beauty and culture of Mexico. Safe travels, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

No accommodation provided today; breakfast included today


When is this tour happening?

The tour starts October 30th and ends November 3rd, 2023

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends at Cancun International Airport. If you require a different start or end spot, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly. Additional costs may apply.

Can I extend my stay in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Merida, or any other?

Of course. Please let us know in advance, so we can make the appropriate arrangements. We might need to charge an additional supplement for a private transfer if needed, depending on your choice of an extension before or after the tour. Should you need help choosing a place to extend your stay, just let us know.

What is the activity level of this tour?

This tour is easy going, in general. Weather can be rather hot even in November; there will be walking in warm weather, so remember to bring water bottles from the hotel, or purchase on the way. It will not be too physically demanding, but you need to be able to walk comfortably on uneven terrain, dirt paths and cobble stone streets, and climb up steps. Climbing on the temples and pyramids can be a bit more demanding, but this is optional. The cave system exploration on day 4 can be a bit more demanding and is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.

What should I bring?

We expect the weather to be fairly warm throughout the tour, so make sure to stay hydrated and cool. It can get cooler in the evening in Merida, so consider bringing a light jacket or sweater. You will be walking in archaeological sites, cobblestone streets and markets, so bring comfortable, light clothes, walking shoes, and sunscreen. Sunglasses and bug spray are also recommended. We all like to look good for every picture, but try and pack on the lighter side. Please remember to bring some cash in case you want to buy anything, and for tips to our Authentic Mexico Tours host and for the driver.

I still have questions!

We love questions. Please send us an email or use our contact form and we’ll be happy to go through any unanswered questions you may have, and send the detailed itinerary.

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