Gain a deeper understanding of one of the world’s most colourful and enigmatic celebrations – join in the festivities and go behind the scenes of the Day of the Dead. Explore Guadalajara, the most gloriously stereotypical of Mexican cities – look out for wide-brim sombreros, mariachis, tequila and rodeos. Embark on an incredible train journey through the stunning Copper Canyon aboard Mexico’s only real passenger train – El Chepe.
Let El Dia de Muertos be your gateway into Mexico. An ancient festival that remains at the heart of Mexican popular culture, the Day of the Dead reflects the country’s many sides – colourful and mystical, satirical and political, contradictory and poignant, macabre and humorous. Travel from Mexico City up the Pacific coast to Chihuahua, joining the locals in remembering the departed and seeing how the country comes to life. Visit towns like La Noria and Patzcuaro to see traditional altars covered in offerings, cemeteries filled with life, and families decorating tombs. See reminders of pre-Colombian culture in archaeological ruins and traditional handicrafts, and experience the most ‘Mexican’ of cities – Guadalajara – the home of tequila and mariachi music. Sip tequila in its namesake, then board Mexico’s greatest engineering feat – the epic Chepe railway – for a three-day ride that covers the breathtaking scenery of the Copper Canyon. Disembark to explore incredible landscapes, then finish in Chihuahua. This trip will introduce you to the true spirit of Mexico.