What is Day of the Dead and when is it?

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places. Officially, the day assigned to celebrate the dead is November 2nd, but there are parades, graveyard visits, altar making and festivities happening since October 31st. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Read more on Wikipedia.


Why are you going to San Miguel de Allende?

SMA has been dubbed Magic Town as part of an initiative led by Mexico's Secretariat of Tourism to promote a series of towns around the country that offer visitors a magical experience, by reason of their natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts and great hospitality. We love this town and can’t wait to show you why you’ll love its beautiful little cobblestone streets and random mariachi performances.


There is no airport in San Miguel de Allende, however the are three airports with easy access to SMA:

  • (BJX) Del Bajio Airport, Leon/Guanajuato

The Leon airport is about and hour and fifteen minutes from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is by far the most used for people traveling to San Miguel. However, people flying from the northern US or Canada often find cheaper fares flying into Mexico City. There are several flights a day on various airlines and international customs (Aduana) services. Most major rental car companies are on the grounds of the airport. There are also taxis, group shuttles, and private shuttles available. Shuttle services and private drivers should be booked in advance.

Approximate cost from BJX to San Miguel:
Taxis = $100 UDS
Group Shuttles = $25 USD per person
Private Drivers = $75 USD per person

  • (MEX) Juarez Intl, Mexico City, MX

The Mexico City airport is about three and a half hours from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There are numerous flights a day on various airlines and international customs (Aduana) services. Most major rental car companies are on the grounds of the airport. There are also taxis, group shuttles, and private shuttles available. Shuttle services and private drivers should be booked in advance.

Approximate cost from MEX to San Miguel:
Group Shuttles = $59 USD
Private Drivers = $150 USD

  • (QRO) Queretaro Airport, MX

The Queretaro airport is about an hour away from San Miguel de Allende, Mexcio. There are several flights a day on various airlines and international customs (Aduana) services. Most major rental car companies are on the grounds of the airport. There are also taxis, group shuttles, and private shuttles available. Shuttle services and private drivers should be booked in advance.

Approximate cost from BJX to San Miguel:
Taxis = $100 UDS
Group Shuttles = $39 USD
Private Drivers = $75 USD

 

*If you get the Premium Stay, we’ll take care of airport transportation for you

WHAT AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY TO?


How far is San Miguel de Allende from Mexico City?

SMA is 167.7 miles north from Mexico City, about a 3.5-hour drive.


What’s the weather like this time of the year?

During the day it can get warm (around 68 to 72ºF) but at night it gets cold (around 50ºF). Especially the evening of Day of the Dead (November 2nd) it can get very chilly, people say it’s the cold of the dead that are coming to visit.


You’re most welcome to! We can advise you on hotels or accommodations for your extended stay. If there are things that you absolutely must see, we would suggest to extend your stay so you can fit that in your personal time.

What if I want to stay a few days before or after the Immersive Experience?


To secure your spot, a 50% of the value of your package is required. The remaining balance should be paid by September 1st. You can also pay in full from the get-go. Refunds not available after September 1st.  

How can I secure my spot?


We want to give you the opportunity to explore on your own and try restaurants, attend parties, visit with friends or do other activities that we won’t be able to fit in the schedule. If you’re staying in Home Base or one of our partner hotels, breakfast will always be included. The second meal will depend on the kind of activity we do that day, but you’ll have most of dinners available (which is when most of the parties, special dinners, concerts, and other activities related to the Festival happen). A more accurate itinerary will be shared closer to the travel date.

Why only two meals?


There is no traditional clothing for the Day of the Dead, most of what you imagine this celebration to be has been made up by the James Bond movie. However, we are coming to the town that does have one of the most popular festivals, La Calaca, which provides plenty of opportunities to have fun with your clothes. Because the weather can be so variable, here’s a suggested packing list:

  • Bring layers you can easily remove or add on depending on how you’re feeling

  • A light jacket for the evenings

  • Comfortable shoes and outerwear. We’re going to be doing some outdoor activities and we want you to be comfortable

  • Swimming suit, always

  • Regular jeans, dresses, t-shirts, blouses, and others for the day to day

IMPORTANT:

Catrina and Catrin are the female and male skeletons that represent Day of the Dead. They are usually dressed in nice colonial outfits, with floral headpieces, top hats, and other decorative items. Bring on your gowns, suits, dresses, feathers, vests or anything else you’d like to complement your attire. You can never go wrong with extra items in your bag!

what should i pack?