Where To See The Day of the Dead In Oaxaca, Mexico  

Day of the Dead in the old cemetery, Cementario Viejo, at Xoxocotlan Oaxaca
The Day of the Dead Festival in Oaxaca is a three day November holiday when families prepare the tombs for the return of the spirits.  During the celebration at Xoxocotlan on October 31,  flowers and candles decorate the tombs and home altars. Families leave offerings for the spirits.  
During the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Flowers, candles, and burning incense make the cemeteries mysterious places during the November vigil for the spirits. Your visit is welcome
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
In the town of Tlalixtac south of Oaxaca City the families sit by
the decorated tombs while brass bands move through the cemetery
In the Etla Valley north of Oaxaca City, villagers stage a play in which they visit houses and on this one night, possessed by the spirits,  they can insult even the highest officials.
Competition for the best offering (ofrenda) or sand painting attracts visitors to Oaxaca's village of XoXo.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
The two cemeteries at Xoxocotlan are the most popular with visitors because they are close to the city of Oaxaca.  

Two cemeteries in Xoxo are open for visits on the night of October 31.  
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
The Day of the Dead is one of Oaxaca City's most important festivals.

In the city the people will celebrate with musical concerts,  gallery openings, art museum exhibits, parades, sand paintings in the streets and decorated altars in the hotels and parks.
Oaxaca's hotels, restaurants and shops decorate their entryways with altars of fruits, flowers, and candles.  
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
Oaxaca Hotels      
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 Cementario Nuevo.  Reach from Oaxaca city by tour, taxi, colectivo, public bus, private transportation.

October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil starting around 11 pm.  Reach Atzompa by taxi
from Oaxaca.  Arrange with the driver for a pickup later at  the cemetery or call a cab on cell.

Day of the Dead November 1
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city.  Taxi from Oaxaca city or walk about
six blocks east on Constitution.    

Tlaixtac de Cabrera, six miles south east of Oaxaca City.  Go with tour group, taxi or collective taxi.
Arrange for your return with the taxi driver.

San Felipe del Agua, north of Oaxaca City November 2.
Reach this cemetery by public bus to San Felipe, the Pitico market, or by taxi.  Taxi back to the city; the buses
stop running at 10:30 pm.   If by bus ask the driver to let you off at the cemetery  (Cementario)


Village of San Antonino Castillo Velasco  A flower growing village that celebrates as much as a week after
the other villages.  Taxi, or collectivo, out of the city south.  Check with the driver for return.  
Ask at tour agencies in the city.  
This village is interesting because the people use flowers to create rug like decorations on the tombs or grave
stones, somewhat like a sand painting except that flower petals and flowers are used.      This is a good
afternoon trip to watch the decorationg.  
Use this list of cemeteries during the Day Of The Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico to make the most of your trip.  
List includes transportation options for evening cemetery visits where lights of thousands of candles illuminate the grave sites.

See Cemetery Schedule
Reach the Xoxocotlan Cemeteries:  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by guided tour, bus, taxi, or car.  
Xoxocotlan  Cemetery visits occur on October 31.

First time visitors are best to go with one of the many Oaxaca
Tour Agencies such as Borroco Tours, located on Garcia Vigil  (street)  
The tour guides arrange small or large group van tours for visitors to the village of Xoxo for the two cemeteries.  

They guide you in the cemetery, help you make photos, and provide local information about the event.
Otherwise the best option is taxi or collective taxi.  Arrange for your return or determine the loading place for the taxis at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.
The collective taxis for Xoxo leave from a depot on Calle (street) Miguel Cabrera, five blocks south of the Zocalo.

Bus service is of limited usefulness because in many cases the buses stop running at 11 pm.
Check with Borroco Tours, located on
Garcia Vigil  (street)  for trips to the Etla Valley

Camparsas
The tour guides arrange small or large group
van tours to the Comparsas   
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