Day of The Dead | Puebla Tour

Day of the Dead was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Celebrating the Day of the Dead in Mexico means on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Then, celebrating Day of Dead in México at Puebla State is world-wide known and celebrated with regional characteristics in different locations across the state such as Chignahuapan, Huaquechula, Izucar, Zacatlan and Puebla City.

  Request 2018 Puebla Day of the Dead Tour.

2018 Day of The Dead Tour

Cementeries, Art Workshop, Regional fairs, Night Show based on a Journey to Prehispanic Underworld and more


Tour starts in Puebla City on November 2018 and runs from Thursday 1st to Friday 2nd. Tour includes four different locations in Puebla State to be covered in two separate days: Chignahuapan and Zacatlan for first day and Huaquechula and Izucar for second and last day.


Thu, NOV. 1st, 2018. Departure 9 am. Return: 11 pm. Morning drive to Zacatlan to see art displayed at town cementery and city walking tour. City tour includes stop at famous clock factory, visit to town altars exhibition and regional apple cider fair. Afternoon drive to Chignahuapan: walking tour to visit town highights and town's cheese-bread regional fair. Later, we take a night walk to nearby lake where we will be attending a night play based on Prehispanic mythology. Play, so called "Light and Life", is regionally famous and performed with light, sound and fireworks. Return to Puebla city.

Fri, NOV. 2nd, 2018. Departure 10 am. Return: 5 pm. Morning drive to Huaquechula to visit its world-wide famous altars distributed across town and set up by families of the village that has a deceased relative this year. Tour to town cementary and its famous XVI-century Franciscan church. Later drive to Izucar to visit its prestigious "Tree of Life" workshops where artisans manufacture polychrome clay crafts for dead celebration such as skulls, skeletons and trees of life. Return to Puebla city. End of tour.


♦ Price per person (for ONE-DAY tour) USD 99,95 taking either November 1st OR 2nd, 2018. It is a unique non refundable payment to reserve your trip. Final payment is due before tour starts. Book your one-day tour and get your Pay Pal payment details

♦ Price per person (for BOTH-DAYS tour)  USD 149,95 for both November 1st AND 2nd, 2018. It is a unique non refundable payment to reserve your trip. Final payment is due before tour starts. Book your both-days tour and get your Pay Pal payment details


Ground transportation with pick-up/drop-off are provided to hotels located in some areas in Puebla city area and to suggested meeting points (refer to "Transportation" down below), English speaking tour guide and entrance to Chignahuapan night performance.


Air fares and airport taxes, beverages and alcoholic drinks, personal expenses, meals during itinerary, tip and gratuities and lodging. Any other incidentals not listed under "included".


Ground transportion is limited to small number of people in AC comfortable van (8 Pax plus driver) or car (4 Pax plus driver) and includes pick-up/drop-off service at hotels or malls located inside Puebla or Cholula such as downtown Puebla (Centro Histórico), "Angelopolis" mall, "La Paz" and "Sonata" mall at Lomas de Angelopolis.

Jewel of Sierra Norte


Zacatlán de las Manzanas (Zacatlan of Apples) is a city located in the Northen Sierra of Puebla. The area is known for its production of apples, berries, cider and fruit wines, products promoted annually at local fairs such as “Fair of Apple” and “ Fair of Cider”.  Zacatlán is also homeplace to the "Relojes Centenario" company (started in 1918), the first monumental clock factory in Latin America and provider of the city main square’s monumental double-sided flower clock. Zacatlán's historic center of is filled with traditional houses with red tile roofs. And you will find some bakeries or street vendors offering cheese bread and apple pie. At the sourroudings, there is a significant indigenous population, woods, waterfalls, ravines and rock formations such as "Piedras Encimadas". Zacatlán highlights: Parish church of Saint Peter & Saint Paul (1670-1740) in native barroque style and its chapel of Guadalupe with a beautiful carved wooded decoration, Franciscan Ex-convent basilica plant church (1562-1567) that is the oldest in Puebla State, "Relojes Centenario" monumental clock factory's museum, city cementary's tiled murals and its canyon walk.

Ever Christmas Town and Woodencrafts


Chignahuapan is a destination with famous touristic attractions, well known all over Puebla State, such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception which has a monumental wood sculpture of Our Lady Mary and the largest of its kind in Latin America. The main industry of Chignahuapan is the manufacture of Christmas balls.  Chignahuapan also is known for its hot springs with healing and therapeutic properties and as birthplace of a famous Mexican comedian named Gaspar Henaine "Capulina". Chignahuapan highlights to visit: Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Saint James Parish Church (Santiago Apostol), Chritsmas glass balls factory, Zocalo park and its wood Moorish style kiosk and City Hall murals.

Journey to Underworld

"Light and Life" night show

"Light and Life" (Luz y Vida) night show is performed at Chignahuapan's close lagoon by professional dancers and actors who explain the Prehispanic vision of the "journey of souls" to their final destination across the "inframundo" (underworld). Souls have to face different challenges or stages and earn their final rest. Souls have to cross nine stages and get help from a guide dog named "Xolotl" until reach the final destination with acceptance of the gods.

Living altar town


Huaquechula is world-wide famous because its altars distributed across town and made by families of the village that has a deceased relative this year. Families welcome visitors to their home for admiring and present their respect for the lost of their dead relative. Town graveyard altars are decorated with Cempaxúchil (Marigold) flowers and presents a very "living" cementery. Town church is a famous XVI-century Franciscan Excovent with an original altar piece.

Polychrome clay pottery


Since prehispanic times , clay has been a material that expresses the traditions and vision of the people such as incense and so-called " Tree of Life" . In Puebla we have 2 locations where they are produced : Izúcar de Matamoros and Acatlán . For generations these crafts have been developed for use in religious activities but currently only the incense (tlapopochuilani) still have that function among people in the 14 prehispanic districts of Izúcar de Matamoros, for ceremonies such as Thursday's Corpus Christi procession and rituals of the brotherhood of the Blessed Sacrament . Now, the tree of life is manufactured commercially. Formerly it was a tradition that the newlyweds , they bestow on a tree of life, as a symbol of fertility and abundant crops . To be considered a tree of life, the piece must have the figures of Adam and Eve and the serpent of sin. But are these elements is only one polychrome candlestick.

Sweet tradition

Sugar "Calaveritas" skulls

"Calaverita" is a representation of a human skull made of sugar, as a treat, widely used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico, and made in chocolate or amaranth seeds and dried fruit. They are made hollow except some of the smaller ones. All of them tend to be about 6 centimeters high, though they have done since 2 to 20 centimeters or even larger.

Flower for eternity

Cempaxúchil flower

Each year at the end of the rainy season in late October and in November, Cempaxuchil (Marigold) flowers. In celebration of the Day of the Dead altars and tombs are decorated and rejoice with the warm color of this beautiful and fragrant flower. Its scientific name is Tagetes erecta, but Spanish is commonly known as cempaxuchil, which comes from the Aztec word "cempohualxochitl" meaning "twenty flowers".

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AC comfortable vehicules


Transportation is provided in AC comfortable vehicules.


La Catrina

The original version is a metal engraving authorship cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada, the original name is "garbancera" skull. Garbancera is the word that was then known people who sold chickpea that having Indian blood claimed to be European, whether Spanish or French (the latter more common during the Porfiriato) and reneged on their race, heritage and culture.

This is remarkable for the fact that the skull has no clothes but only the hat, from the point of view of Posada, is a critique of many Mexican people who are poor, but still want to pretend European lifestyle that is not theirs: "... in the bones but with French hat with ostrich feathers."