hiking casa-etla-oaxaca mexico


Guided Experience / Fitness level: Easy / Group Size: Up to 10 people


We meet at 15:00 PM in Macedonio Alcalá 802, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, ring the bell ‘’A’’, between Bicibella and Café Punto Paz.

Join us to visit a host family at San Gabriel Etla for a genuine Día de los Muertos experience. San Gabriel Etla is a town municipality on the outskirts of Oaxaca, a town that has kept its traditions for hundreds of years. Here we’ll meet very welcoming, kind, and hard working people. On our half day experience, we’ll take a closer look at Día de los Muertos.

Members of the host family will welcome us, to enter a flower field filled with cempasuchil as we pick them and head to the cemetery to place them at the tombs of people who have passed. Adorned with a wide variety of candles, flowers, and other decorative objects, people gather around their family´s tombs to say goodbye to the spirits who have visited them during this day.

Before sitting down to eat, members of the host family will take the time to cleanse us with copal as it is the tradition to do so before entering their home during Muertos. The meal will consist of traditional Día de los Muertos plates such as mole, tamales, sopa de guías, tortillas, and many other ancestral dishes enjoyed during this day. Mezcal, chocolate, and beer will also be served. 

To finish the night we will join the Día de Muertos comparsa that takes place in San Agustin, Etla on November 1st and 2nd. Local musicians in traditional Oaxacan orchestras travel from faraway towns to take part in the festivities. Exquisite food stands, elaborate bell-laden costumes, and even men dressed as women gather into the streets for this eclectic mix of sounds that will put you in a state of trance.

Lively conversations ensue about local gossip or corrupt politicians while awaiting the vibrant songs and dance of the night. The Muertuada, or this lively procession begins around 10pm on November 1st with all groups converging around 9:30 am the next day for a wild and joyous display honoring the ancestors.

Día de los Muertos is the most important holiday for many people here in Mexico. Our host family in San Gabriel has been very generous in letting us bring people into their homes during these sacred times. Join us on this experience and cherish this unforgettable experience.




$2,500 MXN


Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).


15:00 Departure from Oaxaca City
16:00 Arrive at San Sebastian and get an Introduction to celebrating Day of the Dead.
17:15 Visit the cemetery
18:00 Dinner at host
19:00 Attend the Comparsa
20:00-21:30 Join the Muerteadas
22:00- 23:20 Transport back to Oaxaca
00:00 Midnight: Arrive back at Oaxaca City




– Certified guide
– Transport
– Drinks: Water, coffee, tea
– Lunch: Vegetable soup, tostadas and refreshments (vegan and vegetarian options will be available)
– Trail Mix: Organic snacks
– Access to protected areas
– Insurance


– Make it private just for your party with the private charter
– Don’t see your desired date available? Please contact us! We will do our best to make special arrangements for you!

– Please, check the weather. 



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