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Watching the Catrina Parade
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Shopping for preparations in San Miguel’s historic city centre
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Admiring the ofrendas at La Calaca
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Learning from families about their traditions
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Viewing the works of Kahlo and Rivera in Mexico City

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico

Every year, at the beginning of November, something extraordinary takes place in many areas of Mexico: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities. While it may seem ghoulish to gringos that "death" and "festivities" can go hand-in-hand, for most Mexicans, it’s very natural. The dead are not remembered or commemorated. Instead they are considered present.

We will make our home in the historic centre of Mexico City. For a week we will enter the world where Mexicans celebrate with their beloved dead. We will learn how they prepare, what they do and why, and how they return to ordinary time when the spirits go back where they came from on November 2nd.

During the days leading up to Day of the Dead, we will pop into markets and visit public squares and cemeteries to see the extent of preparation. In the cemeteries, families arrive early in the day laden with brooms, buckets, flowers, candles, favourite food and drink of the dead, and everything else they need to set up their ofrendas (altars) on top of the graves. Each is different, and some are stunningly creative.

During the two days of celebration we will join in the merriment. We will follow a parade of catrinas (Mexican characters dressed as “elegant death”). We will join one of the street parties taking place throughout the city. We will attend traditional Day of the Dead vigils in two special locations in the southern part of the city. Family members, wrapped in heavy blankets, sit around eating and drinking tequila, chatting about the departed and singing their favourite songs while children play between the graves.

We will visit a museum featuring the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and learn about their fascination with death.

We will read and discuss the works of two extraordinary Mexican writers, much concerned with death – Juan Rulfo’s legendary novel Pedro Páramo and selected poems by Octavio Paz, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

No words, no picture can do justice to describe the beauty, the tradition, the feeling of Día de Muertos.

Readings:
Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo
Selected poems of Octavio Paz
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Mexico | 9 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Oct 26 - Nov 04, 2017
Cost:
US$3995
Group Size:
16 - 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in the hotels listed or similar, gratuities for local guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals (as indicated above), all activities as described in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, airport transfers, if traveling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary, fully escorted by Melanie Blake. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$250.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Mexico City
Day 2: The obsession of Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera
Day 3: Exploring Aztec ruins at the Zocalo
Day 4: Travel from Mexico City to San Miguel
Days 5 - 9: La Calaca at San Miguel de Allende
Day 10: Depart Mexico City
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Your Tour Leader

Melanie Blake is a writer and editor who developed a deep interest in fiction from Asia during a three-year stint in India. She has canoed, kayaked, sailed, trekked and cycled down or along rivers ranging from the Hudson to the Dordogne to the Indus.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Mexico | 9 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Oct 26 - Nov 04, 2017
Cost:
US$3995
Group Size:
16 - 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy in the hotels listed or similar, gratuities for local guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals (as indicated above), all activities as described in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, airport transfers, if traveling as per the group flight itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary, fully escorted by Melanie Blake. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$250.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"They believe that happy spirits provide protection, good luck and wisdom."

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