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Places to visit on Day of the Dead

Cemeteries and pantheons are filled with the dim candlelight, in the otherwise dark night. Skulls become friendly and we find Catrinas everywhere: ”the Calavera Garbancera” born by Guadalupe Posada’s hand and later immortalized by Diego Rivera, nowadays a worldwide icon of Mexican culture and everything that is celebrated on November 2.

This is a highly awaited date, as it allows us to welcome back our loved ones who are no longer there, to pamper them and celebrate their memory. The whole festivity surrounding Day of the Dead is a wonderful spectacle, and participating is an experience of a lifetime.


Also known as the Altar, the Ofrenda is the main element to honor and show the way back to our loved ones.

It is an altar for the deceased to come and enjoy. It usually has their favorite dishes, some of their treasured objects, fruits, sugar skulls and everything that caresses the soul of the absent. The candlelight provides a magical atmosphere, with its singular shine.

The Day of the Dead Flowers: Cempasúchil

Cempasúchil, or 20 petal flowers, can’t be missing on your Ofrenda. In Náhuatl, its native language, it means twenty-flowers, cempoal-xochitl... The flowers of the Day of the Dead...

Cempasúchil only sprouts after it rains. With its predominant personality and bright colors, it has become an icon of what is celebrated on November 2, as well as one of the essential elements in the Ofrenda.

Places to visit on Day of the Dead

Mexico City

Although the Day of the Dead celebrations are full of magic even in the most remote places of Mexico, there are unmissable destinations:

Spending the Day of the Dead in Mexico City is an experience. There is a wide offer throughout the city, from overflowing flower boxes to Ofrendas in museums, schools, private companies and neighborhoods.

We highly recommend the San Andrés pantheon. It becomes a stage full of light, located in the magical district of Mixiquc. If what you are most interested in is the Ofrenda, you must visit the imposing exhibition at the Zocalo, in the heart of México City. A popular consultation is held by the Ministry of Culture, to define the monumental Ofrenda of the Day of the Dead.

Stay at Best Western Hotel Majestic, located literally in front of the Zocalo, and live the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City.



A special mention should also be Janitzio, Michoacán. Surely, you have heard about Lake Pátzcuaro, in which the island of Janitzio is located. This fishing village, with great influence of the Purépecha pre-Hispanic culture, fills the streets with magical traditions. The pantheons become warm places and the church dresses in Cempasúchil.

A Purépecha legend says that when the souls die, they fly like monarch butterflies above the enchanted Lake Pátzcuaro. This town really lives Day of the Dead in a very exciting way, with its fishermen "butterflies", dances and typical food.

If you travel to Patzcuaro, stay in the best place in town. Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco is a traditional hotel where you can live an experience like no other.

Take advantage of this important holiday to remember your loved ones, traveling through the incredible destinations that Mexico has to offer.


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