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Ways to Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico City

By Viator, February 2018

4.5 2115 Reviews | Add your review

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), rooted in Aztec traditions, is a festive holiday and remembrance of deceased loved ones. Each Nov. 2, Mexico City comes alive with colorful masks, parades, marigolds, and calacas (decorative skeletals). Here’s how to experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico City.

  • Join the magnificent floats and costumed marchers for the spectacular Day of the Dead Parade along Reforma Avenue and the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square.
  • Learn more about Mexico’s Aztec history and heritage with a tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, and the Shrine of Guadalupe.
  • Take a day trip to San Andres Mixquic from Mexico City, renowned for its Day of the Dead festivities.
  • Learn more about Day of the Dead traditions such as candlelit altars, sugar skulls, and pan de muerto (sweet bread).
  • Discover the legend of the weeping woman, an important part of Xochimilco’s Day of the Dead celebrations.
  • Experience Mexico’s unique folk heritage and traditions by attending an unforgettable folkloric ballet performance in Mexico City.
  • Though Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov. 2 in Mexico City, the festivities kick off before that on Oct. 31. 

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Teotihuacan Pyramids and Shrine of Guadalupe, Mexico City, null
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Teotihuacan Pyramids and Shrine of Guadalupe

4.5 star rating: Recommended 734 Reviews

Experience the ancient City of the Gods on a visit to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Your full day guided tour will highlight the complexities of ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Mexico City Super Saver: Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum plus Xochimilco and National University, ... 
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Mexico City Super Saver: Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum plus Xochimilco and National University

4 star rating: Recommended 201 Reviews

Take advantage of this Super Saver combining two best-selling tours in Mexico City at a discounted price. In one day, uncover the colonial charms of ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00
Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour with a Private Archeologist, Mexico City, Full-day Tours
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Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour with a Private Archeologist

4.5 star rating: Recommended 825 Reviews

Visit the pyramids of Teotihuacan – City of the Gods – on this archeological tour from Mexico City with a specialized guide. You get to choose between a ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.35
Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, and Guadalupe Shrine Plus Xochimilco and Frida ... 
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Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, and Guadalupe Shrine Plus Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Make the most of your trip to Mexico City with this Super Saver that includes 6 of the top visited attractions in the city and its surroundings in two days. ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $111.00
Polanco Food Tour in Mexico City, Mexico City, Day Trips
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Polanco Food Tour in Mexico City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 82 Reviews

Set foot in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood, known as a foodie paradise, and head off the beaten path to seven great eateries. Sample authentic Mexican food ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Folkloric Ballet in Mexico City, Mexico City, Food Tours
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Folkloric Ballet in Mexico City

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

See the world-famous Mexico City Folkloric Ballet (Ballet Folklorico) at one of four rotating venues. You’ll witness the Mexico of yesterday and today during ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Experience Mexico City: Cantinas, Lucha Libre and Mariachi in Garibaldi Square, Mexico City, ... 
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Experience Mexico City: Cantinas, Lucha Libre and Mariachi in Garibaldi Square

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Live la vida loca on a night out on the town in Mexico City! Enjoy a drink at a local cantina, sing and dance to mariachi music, then cheer on your favorite ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Chapultepec Castle Early Access plus National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Chapultepec Castle Early Access plus National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

4 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

Beat the crush of crowds on this early morning tour of Chapultepec Castle and experience one of Mexico City’s most visited sites in relative solitude. Continue ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour, ... 
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Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Avoid the crowds at Teotihuacan and explore Mexico’s City’s historic center during this sightseeing tour that starts in the early morning and makes it easy for ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City, Mexico City, City Tours
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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Discover the origins of Mexican gastronomy in a unique and delicious experience in Mexico City’s Historical Centre, you will eat authentic Mexican food!  ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.00

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