Oaxaca Tour Agencies Run Trips to the Village Cemeteries.  
The people of Oaxaca invite the visitor to join them in the graveside vigil as they celebrate the return of the spirits.
They have decorated their home altars (ofrenda) and  gravesite tombs with marigold flowers, fruits, chocolate, and candles.

The traditional altars are in the homes and businesses.  Artists have created sand paintings in the pedestrian only streets in a friendly competition.  
Oaxaca's hotels, restaurants and  shops decorate their entrances with candles and marigold displays while restaurants feature the regional cuisine of Oaxaca.
During the week before the Day Of The Dead in Oaxaca, the city festival with parades, concerts, street exhibitions, and art competitions with a Day of the Dead theme.
On the Day of the Dead, the last night of October, the people of Oaxaca hold nighttime cemetery vigils after they decorate the tombs with flowers, marigold petals, and thousands of candles.

See Cemetery schedule below for best times to go
Day of the Dead Cemetery Visit, South Central Mexico, Oaxaca
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Cemetery Visits, Tapestries of Flowers
The cemetery visit will reveal tapestries of flowers and sand paintings ready for the return of the spirits.  The graves are highly decorated for the November festival of Dia Los Muertos,  The Day of the Dead.
During a cemetery visit in the Valley of Oaxaca during this end of October festival called the Day of the Dead you will see tons of  marigold flowers and the brilliant red cockscomb plants that decorate the home altars and the tombs in the city and surrounding villages.  
In some villages they will use flower petals, and flower buds to create  a blanket of flowers on the tomb.  Families will work for most of the day throughout the cemetery preparing for the return of the spirits.  The whole family will be involved in building tapestries of flowers.  At night they light thousands of candles and sit by the grave in an age-old ritual of waiting for the return of the spirits.
During Day of the Dead Cemetery Visits in Oaxaca of South Central Mexico the people of the villages  invite the visitor to join them in the graveside vigil.  
They are proud of  their offerings of marigold flowers, chocolate, special bread, and candles.
See cemetery visit schedule below, best times to go
Day of the Dead Cemetery  Decorations, Oaxaca, South Central Mexico
Day of the Dead Cemetery, Oaxaca, South Central Mexico
Day of the Dead Cemetery Visit, South Central Mexico, Oaxaca
Day of the Dead cemetery Visit
Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Cemetery Visits

October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cementario Viejo, and the new cemetery, Cementario Nuevo.   Many visitors make this a crowded cemetery by 10:00 PM
The old cemetery is a magic place, however,  when it is lit by thousands of candles.

October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil starting around 11 pm. Music into the night a less crowded event easily reached by taxi.

Day of the Dead November 1
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city.  Offers displays and competition of traditional altars  (ofrenda)  from many ethnic regions of Oaxaca.
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, six miles southeast of Oaxaca City.  A lively celebration with brass bands, strolling guitar groups.

San Felipe del Agua, north of Oaxaca City, November 2, a family cemetery vigil easily reached by public bus or taxi.  

Village of San Antonino Castillo Velasco  A flower growing village south of the city of Oaxaca that celebrates a week after the others
Cemetery schedule, best times to visit Oaxaca area cemeteries
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
  • Day Of The Dead,  Cemetery visits Transportation  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or auto.  
Cemetery visits occur on October 31, November 1 and Nov. 2nd within a few miles of the city.  
  • Guided Cemetery Tours
First time visitors are best off with one of the many Oaxaca Tour Agencies such as Borroco Tours located on Garcia Vigil  (street)  They arrange small or large group van and bus tours for visitors to the villages.  They guide you in the cemetery, help you make photos, and provide local information about the event.
  • Self Guided Tour
Visitors can also reach the cemeteries by taxi, collective taxi, or bus.   Arrange for your return with the driver or determine the loading place for the taxis and collective taxis at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.  Bus service will end around ten pm for some locations.  
How To Reach the Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico Cemeteries for Visits
Day of the Dead
Cemetery Visits Schedule
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