Celebrating Day of the Dead in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Although Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos rituals in Guatemala and cities in Mexico such as Oaxaca City and Patzcuaro  deservedly get lots of attention, it’s also possible to take part in authentic ceremonies  for Day of the Dead in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico as well.
A home altar decorated for Day of the Dead

A home altar decorated for Day of the Dead

Although you won’t see Day of the Dead recognized to the same extent as in other places in Mexico, you will still be able to notice many Day of the Dead elements around town such as enormous bunches of marigolds, altars, candles and marzipan candies in the shapes of skulls. You can also shop for pan de muerto (special sweet bread) in stands set up in and around Mercado Benito Juárez and Parque Idilio.
Check out our Top 10 Amazing Traditions in Mexico on Day of the Dead to learn more about food to eat, how to decorate a home altar, Day of the Dead costumes and other  traditions.
Day of the Dead sugar candies

Day of the Dead sugar candies

How to Celebrate Day of the Dead in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca

If you’re in Puerto Escondido for November 2nd, it’s worthwhile to join culture-guru Gina Machorro on her  guided Day of the Dead tour, an authentic ceremony remembering the lives of Puerto Escondido residents.
During the walking tour, she’ll explain the history of Dia de Los Muertos as well as talk about the symbolism of flowers and the important annual ritual of cleaning the gravestones to welcome the return of the spirits of the departed and more.
Date: November 2, 2018
Specifics:  You will have an opportunity to purchase Day of the Dead flowers and candles at the Mercado Benito Juárez. You’ll then proceed to the municipal cemetery for the ceremony.
Cost:  Check with Gina directly for cost. In the past it was 250 pesos
Contact: Reserve your spot in advance by emailing Gina at ginainpuerto@yahoo.com or visiting the Tourist Information Booth in front of Hotel Rocamar on the Adoquin
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 Updated October 14, 2018
Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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  • Sherel Purcell

    So pretty! And what a deal!

  • Lesley Peterson

    The tour sounds wonderful–wish I could be there! There is real artistry in those sugar skeleton boaters as well as the marigold-decked altar.

  • esperanza

    so touching to see the memorial with beautiful flowers to honour a loved one and the tour which does the same

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