18 Day Mexico Day Of the Dead

Women Only

Max group 12

Lifetime Deposit

Come explore the real Mexico with us! Sure, you’ll be blown away by the ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins that fill the country,  you’ll swim in the blue Caribbean sea and yes, be guided to some incredible tacos and enchiladas at spots way off the tourist trail.

But Mexico is so much more! With Patch, on this special Day of the Dead departure,  you’ll see what makes Mexico tick and explore its cultural complexities that over the ages, has shaped how unique Mexico looks and feels today. You’ll swim in natural limestone cenote pools where there’s no tourists in sight and you’ll eat alongside friendly locals at our favourite Taco restaurants – known as Taquerias in Spanish.

This intimate and fully supported women-only tour will give you the confidence to explore all that makes Mexico incredible, all while staying in interesting, luxurious accommodation and enjoying experiences that are simply NOT available on typical itineraries.

Highlights

Hot Air Balloon Flight over UNESCO Heritage Site Teotihuacan

Experience the best of Mexican street food in the hidden spots only experts know

Comfortable stays in beautiful historic accommodations

Explore the 1,500 years old Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza

Learn about Mexico from the local women - craftspeople, storeholders and cooks

Experience Day of the Dead traditions with locals in small communities.

Cool off in refreshing waters of naturally formed cenote pools

Beat the tourist crowds with an early morning visit to Chichen Itza

Trip Details

Price

$9,773  AUD (twin share)

  • $1,900 deposit.
  • 2 week cooling off period applies.
  • Lifetime Deposit. If you need to cancel, your deposit is transferable to other trips.
  • Twin Share: we’ll match you with a roomie if you’re travelling solo.
  • Private supplement available: $2,155 AUD, max 4 spots. 

Please refer to our payment terms in the FAQs.



Trip length

18 days, 17 nights


Dates

Starts: Mexico City, 20 October 2024

Finishes: Cancun, 06 November 2024


Meeting point

Zocalo Central Hotel, Mexico City


Ending point

Presidente Hotel, Cancun


Group size

Maximum 12


Participation requirements

Please see our “Participation” section to see the requirements.


Included

  • Meals: 17 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 1 x domestic flight (Oaxaca to Merida) & comfortable and private vehicle transportation throughout
  • Hot air balloon flight over heritage-listed Teotihuacan
  • 17 nights boutique and premium accommodation
  • A top-rated and English-speaking Tour Leader
  • All listed activities and more!

Not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Any visas required
  • Late check-out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tip kitty. Note: as Aussies, we know that tipping is annoying! However, guide and driver tipping is customary for tours in Mexico.
  • Personal expenditure

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Day 1: Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico! Land of tequila, tacos and totopos.

There’ll be a warm welcome by one of our team on your arrival to the airport, and a private transfer waiting to take you directly to the hotel. It’s not unusual for parades to appear in the streets this weekend, as a precursor for Day of the Dead, so be sure to keep an eye out!

There is no time to waste, so tonight the group will meet up and dive straight into the Mexican experience with dinner out at a local restaurant. 

Accommodation: Zocalo Central Hotel or similar
Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mexico City

Your day will begin straight after breakfast by visiting the museum of Frida Kahlo, one of Latin America’s most celebrated female artists and feminist heroes – in a region that desperately needs more of them.

The group will then stroll around downtown on a walking food tour learning about (and tasting!) just some of the different types of tacos on offer and continue to tour the city. Wrap up the day with big cheers for the beginning of your Mexican adventure at an authentic Mexican tavern.

Accommodation: Zocalo Central Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3: Mexico City

The early bird catches the worm today. Or in this case, catches the once in a lifetime experience – flying in a hot air balloon over the archaeological site of Teotihuacan! Once you’ve seen Teotihuacan from above, you’ll wander its streets and climb its pyramids, all while our tour leader brings to life the rise and demise of the Aztec empire and its people, just one thread of Mexico’s rich history.

Accommodation: Zocalo Central Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 4: Mexico City to Puebla (Drive)

Let’s go to Puebla! Missing on many itineraries, Puebla is quintessential Mexico – abundant with colonial architecture, ornate churches and…. great food! When you arrive, you’ll tour some of the city on foot and wind up sampling some of their famous dishes on a lunch time food tour. Chile en Nogada is famous here – that’s a big chilli (mild) stuffed with marinated and spiced minced meat. Afterwards, check into our downtown hotel with its rooftop pool.

Accommodation: NH Puebla Centro Historico Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5: Puebla

Yesterday, your guide introduced you to Puebla, which is far too beautiful-a-town to rush on-through. So, spend today exploring how you choose! You might like to start the day with a sleep in and a big brekkie. Or heading out the door early and hanging out in the main square, just watching the world go by might be more appealing. Maybe your mission is to hunt down your very own favourite pieces of Talavera Poblana Pottery. Whatever your inspiration, your guide will be on hand for any advice required!    

Accommodation: NH Puebla Centro Historico Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Oaxaca

This morning is spent on the road to Oaxaca (4 hours), home for the next three days, and we have a surprise stop along the way! You’ll wind up the day with lunch prepared from locally sourced fresh ingredients. Those who don’t love spicy food, do not fear – Mexico has great options for lovers and non-lovers of spice… Giant quesadillas stuffed with Oaxaca’s own cheese and salsa are popular and delicious! 

Accommodation: La Noria Centro Historico Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7: Oaxaca

This morning you’ll be rewarded for your commitment to the early start with a trip to a farmers market where producers from small villages gather to sell their goods. Breakfast here is as local and authentic as it gets! Before heading back into town, there’s another surprise in store for the group! You’ll rest soundly tonight in the beautiful hotel we’ve chosen here.

Accommodation: La Noria Centro Historico Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8: Oaxaca

Have you ever tried the drink called Mezcal? It’s known as Tequila’s naughty cousin and today you’ll visit a distillery that follows the traditional distillation processes. Luckily this happens AFTER, you tour Oaxaca town centre with your guide, and not before. We need you to be steady on your feet along the old cobblestone streets of Oaxaca – the town’s been around since the 1500’s! Tomorrow, you’re headed for the Yucatan Peninsula.

Accommodation: La Noria Centro Historico Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9: Cenotes

After a light breakfast, it’s an early check-out for a direct flight to Merida. Make sure you have your swimmers handy – because you’ll be off the plane and straight to a small town south of Merida that’s brimming with cenotes! 

Accommodation: El Castellano Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 10: Merida

Today is a slower pace, starting with a walk through the streets to admire the colonial-style buildings. After lunch, the rest of  the day is at your own leisure; time for a well-earned break. Why not enjoy the lovely pool at the hotel and our tour leader will make reservations at a favourite nearby restaurant, just in case anyone’s up for dinner. Get a good night’s rest, because tomorrow is a special day.

Accommodation: El Castellano Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

BUT … WHAT IS A CENOTE?

Mexico has become internationally famous for its cenotes (pronounced ‘SEH – NO – TEH’)

But what IS a Cenote? Think of it as Mexico’s answer to a billabong. Some cenotes have become ‘Instagram famous’ and are now packed with tourists, but the good news is that you will not be going to these. 

You’ll have more than one chance to swim in one of these beautiful cenotes.

Day 11: Mayan Uxmal

This area is the centre of all things Mayan history, so today you’ll visit the Mayan ruins of Uxmal. The archaeological site is around 1,500 years old. Standing in front of the most central and monumental structure, The Pyramid of the Magician, expect to be awed into silence for a moment – you’re really here, witnessing first-hand this historical and century-defying architecture! 

Accommodation: El Castellano Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 12: Merida to Rio Lagartos

Travel to Izamal by road this morning, a beautiful town where the buildings are painted yellow. After taking some must-have photos, lunch is at a local restaurant. The group will have a private sit down with the chef and she will share her story and how local cooking techniques are passed on through generations. Then, on to San Francisco Tzacalha, one of the accommodation highlights of the trip. You’ll love this beautifully restored Hacienda. (Further photos below.)

Accommodation: San Francisco Tzacalha or similar
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13: Rio Lagartos

This morning, it’s time to connect with nature. So, you’ll head out to explore The Rio Lagartos protected estuary by boat. There’s crocodiles to be spotted and antics of cheeky monkeys to be watched – while it’s not nesting season, there’s still a chance you’ll catch a glimpse of iconic birds, like the flamingo, toucan and woodpecker. 

Tonight, prepare to be mesmerised by Day of the Dead stories shared with your group by your two female hosts. Try to get some rest, but we’re betting, just like kids on Christmas Eve, you’ll be too excited to sleep tonight!

Accommodation: San Francisco Tzacalha or similar
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Day of the Dead

Today is unique. 

Today you’ll visit a Mayan community and spend time with local families that are direct descendants of the ancient Mayan Kingdom. They will open their doors to share their everyday lives, their Day of the Dead traditions and teach their traditional cooking techniques with you. And when you help the family build an altar to honour their ancestors your cultural differences will melt away and you’re bound to emotionally connect with your hosts.

Sleep soundly tonight in a small hotel near Chichen Itza.

Accommodation: Okaan Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Chichen Itza to Tulum

Chichen Itza, today. The world famous archaeological site. You’re staying close by, which means you’ll be able to explore before the big crowds bus their way in. Join your tour leader for an explanation of the influence of astronomy on Mayan life and how sun, planet and star observations led to the development of the Maya Calendar. In the afternoon, you’ll stop off at Valladolid to break the 2 hour drive to the ancient Mayan Port and seaside town of Tulum. 

Accommodation: Kimpton Aluna Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Tulum

The trip is winding to a close, and after all that exploration, it’s time to explore Tulum’s archaeological site – the only Mayan one built right next to the ocean. While it is definitely on the ‘tourist trail’, you’ll love the relaxed energy of this town.

The contrast of the ruins against the blue of the Mexican Caribbean is striking. After a guided visit, you’ll continue onto Coba. Wrapped in a forest enclave, this less ‘put together’ pyramid ruin is less visited and a must-see.

Accommodation: Kimpton Aluna Hotel or similar
Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17: Tulum – Cancun

The trip is almost over! You’ve seen – and eaten – the absolute best of what Mexico has to offer, but not before heading on to Cancun Yes. Cancun – famous for tourists from a certain country immediately to the north.

However, in the hands of an expert, Cancun is enjoyable and a perfect place to finish, as it has the biggest international airport of the area. 

Tonight, it’s time for a Mexico-style farewell. Get ready for some final rounds of your favourite tacos,  maybe washed down with a margarita or two.  A perfect finale to an incredible adventure!

Accommodation:  Presidente InterContinental Cancun or similar
Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 18: Depart Cancun

There are no activities planned today as your group says their goodbyes. We can book you some more nights at the hotel in Cancun for you to chill out, or you can continue your trip. Regardless of when you leave, a free airport transfer will be arranged for your planned onward journey.

Included: Breakfast

 

Trip Map
The Essential Info
WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATION?

It’s beautiful, luxury accommodation all the way through. Mexico has such amazing options that we couldn’t say no! This is one of our fanciest trips, no doubt.

Hotel Zocalo Central, Mexico City:

The location of this hotel is incredible. Right in the heart of the historical centre of Mexico City.

Hotel Okaan, Chichen Itza:

 

Hotel La Noria Centro, Oaxaca:

WHAT ABOUT FOOD?

What about Dietary Requirements?

If you have a corn allergy, it will simply not be possible to enjoy this trip. Corn is extremely common in Mexican cuisine and its traces are everywhere.

Other than that…

We can accommodate almost any dietary requirements including Vegetarian, Coeliac/Gluten Free, and Vegan needs. You will have no difficulties in finding vegan food, and compared to most countries you will have more options. Occasionally, though, it won’t be easy and the food may be basic.

What if I don’t like Spicy Food?

Many Australians have a palette which is less inclined towards spicy food. You will have no difficulty in Mexico, actually, but you do need to let our trip leader know.

WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?

Some areas of Mexico are ruled by gangs, and just as you’d see in the media, are totally not safe.

However, Mexico is a very large country and most of it is stable and safe. We have lots of friends who live in Mexico who are very happy with their lives and never experience any problems. While no country is perfectly secure, we will take you only to parts of the country that we’d take our own friends and family to. You’ll be travelling in groups, in vehicles, and staying in well-reputed areas and hotels.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is the most frequently asked question we get!

Nearly everyone is in their 50s and 60s, with some people above and below (but of course, everyone is welcome!)

Most Patchies come alone and are matched with a room-mate. Remember, you don’t need to pay for a single supplement if you come solo. We will place you with a similarly-aged roommate.

The typical Patchie has travelled a LOT, is a well-seasoned adventurer, and is not easily thrown by small things. However, many Patchies tell us that this is their first ever group tour. Many of our guests have avoided tours to this point as they’re not attracted to being herded around in large groups.

Oh, and one last thing:

Patchies are warm, generous, and kind. We knew it would be like this, but we weren’t expecting it to be *quite* like this. We’re so blessed as a business to have the customers we do; we consider ourselves to be some of the luckiest people in the world.

This trip begins in Mexico City, Mexico and ends in Cancun. We ask that you fly into Mexico City International Airport, as that is where your hotel transfer will be waiting for you. If you wish to go back to Mexico City upon finishing, there are multiple domestic flights daily (around 2 ½ hours nonstop) departing Cancun.

You will need to book these directly or through your travel agent.

A deposit of $1,900 is required to hold your spot. Payment can be made by credit card (fees apply) or bank deposit.

There is a cooling off period of 2 weeks. (Applicable to all bookings made 110 days in advance.)

We have implemented a ‘lifetime deposit’ guarantee. Deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable at any time, right up until the first day of the trip.

The final balance of the trip is required 95 days in advance of the departure date. Our suppliers require upfront payment well in advance to guarantee availability.

Note: prior to the payment of your full balance, the final price may change if there is significant variation in the AUD:USD exchange rate; this trip pricing is based on an exchange rate of 1 AUD: 0.63 USD.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions for further information.

All travellers will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after they depart Mexico. Most travellers do not need a visa for Mexico and visas are not currently required for citizens of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and many other countries. All travellers must fill out an Immigration form, which should be done prior to travel. We can send you the link before the trip. Flight details are required.

Solo travellers will be matched with a room-mate. Of course, if you prefer to have your own space, you can reserve the private room supplement.

We recommend bringing a small amount of USD with you for changing and withdrawing cash from ATMs as you need it along the way. ATMs are readily available in the larger towns and cities. Credit cards are widely accepted too, but not so much in remote areas where you’ll need local currency on hand.  We DO NOT recommend bringing Travellers Cheques because they can be difficult to exchange and the rates are not as favourable as ATMs.

We recommend bringing plenty of comfortable, breathable clothes for hot jungle days and time at the beach. Good walking shoes, insect repellent and sun protection are also a must. Both for the beach and for the cenotes, make sure to bring a bathing suit or two – as sometimes you will visit cenotes on consecutive days. A towel and a bag to carry wet clothes are also a good idea. And a small torch for use between your tent and the toilet overnight at the campsite on Day 10 of the itinerary.

Airport transfers are included at both ends of the trip.

There’s no specific exercise planned for this trip, but there will be days where you’ll be walking and spending a lot of time on your feet. Daily activities may include city walks on uneven ground and getting on and off various forms of transport.

You’ll enjoy swimming in cenotes frequented by locals, so access is not like slipping into a hotel swimming pool. You’ll be scaling sometimes makeshift and wet stairs after enjoying a splash in the cool waters of these natural pools.

All activities are optional, meaning that if you don’t feel like it, you can skip it, but it will be impossible to enjoy your trip if you’re not able to do a walking tour for a full afternoon. Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate people requiring walking aids.

Our guide for this trip will likely be female, but this is not guaranteed. Regardless, they will be a Mexican, a local expert who knows the corners of this country, speaks the language and can navigate tricky situations.

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