Your hotel is wonderful. I used to stay there from time to time over the years as a tourist, and now go there from time to time to drop off guests of ours who want a day at the pool. On one of the 2 main nights of Day of The Dead a lot of people go to the San Felipe cemetery, and for one of the nights the cemetery in Xoxocotlán is extremely popular. One cemetery trek is sufficient. I would definitely not bother moving closer to downtown for Day of The Dead. You have the best of both worlds. You're far away from the fray, yet the S.F. shuttle bus can get you right downtown in 15 minutes or so. From there you can look at options for the night time, see the residential and commercial altars which are set up, and wander around downtown depending on how things then are, and your level of comfort. It would be a mistake to change your reservations to a hotel closer to downtown, in my respectful opinion. While Puerto is great, for Day of The Dead I would stay put, and if you are finding it uncomfortable downtown, which might be the case, or if things deteriorate even more, you always have the option of touring downtown for a day or two, and spending the rest of your vacation touring the outlying villages. In terms of what will happen a month from now, no one knows. I have many Oaxacan friends "in the know", but even they don't know so there's no point in predicting, when even the most well-connected people are at a loss to predict with any degree of certainty. What I do know is that from the perspective of a resident it's not pleasant, and we see friends and compadres struggling economically as a consequence of the unrest. As a first time visitor to the city you must understand that you will not be seeing the centro histórico about which you've read and seen pictures. As I've commented before, look to the postings of tourists who have recently returned from here for your best information about how you may very well feel being here, and if you think staying at Hotel San Felipe Misión will not allay your discomfort, then don't come. Personally, I think your choice of accommodations is the best that anyone could hope for in these times of unrest. Good luck. Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast.