Mixquic
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A famous mountain village south of Mexico City famous for its Day of the Dead celebration in November.
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WojciechWit
London, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
We booked a taxi to take us there and back from city centre for 1500 pesos. The trip lasted about two hours each way. Yes, it is long but bear in mind that it's just a regular village that becomes a major attraction only once a year for one evening. There's only one road leading two it and it's not something you could call a motorway. However, you can fall asleep in the car and the length of the journey is no longer a problem:).

Our driver dropped us off 5mins walk from the main square. We got there about 6pm and it was already very crowded. The place was packed with stalls offering everything related to skulls and death and much, much more. Plenty of food stalls too. It takes around 2 hours to see the whole market area. The church and graveyard are nearby and takes another 20-30mins to see them. Make sure you check out the murals as well. Remember that this is a tiny village so you'd be bored if you decided to spend the whole day there.

As for the actual Day of the Dead celebrations, the atmosphere is unique and definitely memorable. The sight of the graves covered in flowers, skeletons and candles is very impressive, especially combined with the incense smell. This is the real Mexican folklore experience and it's worth seeing it while it is not that commercial yet (could change in the next few years).

Haven't used any bathrooms there myself but my girlfriend has and she said they were not very hygienic. But then what else to expect in a remote Mexican village:).

We went to Playa del Carmen afterwards and one of the locals there asked us about our previous experiences in the country. After telling him we've gone to Mixquic he replied 'that was real Mexico, this is Miami'. This story probably sums it up best.
Written November 15, 2013
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pin-up-82
New Castle, Delaware6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was very happy to be honored to take part of the Day for the Dead celebration in Mixquic. The people were friendly, did not have problems with us taking photos, and let us into their lives to let us watch them celebrate a wonderful tradition!

Since it was fall, they had just had their harvest, and it was amazing to see how many fresh, filtered water washed, fruits and vegetables were for sale on the streets! it was the healthiest we had eaten on our whole trip. had also gotten sick twice in Mexico City, but not in Mixquic!

Mixquic has an interesting and proud history, and they have cultural centers with many artifacts and arts on display. These were very interesting, and one even had a whole area dedicated to the work of the school children in the area! It was great to see the masks and dioramas they had prepared for this day. Also, they had THE largest shrine I have ever seen!

The local art is amazing, and we wandered for hours through the town. There was not a street we felt uncomfortable on, or a local that did not smile at us.

In the cemetery it was a beautiful scene to see the church service and the people decorating the graves. I felt very special being allowed to be there and to photograph it.

The best part was there were not many tourists! Mostly locals who actually had family buried in the cemetery. Some people even drew us near and spoke to us about the person they lost. They were happy to bring us into their celebration and to share their memories and funny stories of their departed.

These are such a loving and wonderful people, and Mixquic is a time I will always cherish. We left way after dark, and felt as safe as we did during the day. People in nearby houses offered excellent driving directions, and we had no problem getting back to our hotel on Insurgentes, other than the traffic ... YIKES!!

Thank you fellow reviewers for keeping tourism out!
Written January 9, 2009
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David H
Mexico City, Mexico16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
We went Saturday night. Great church and cemetery decorated for Dia de Muertos. Free stage show with Palomas entertaining. Really a good concert and all free. Lots of food and Micheladas and curios to buy. Not the Zocalo in D.F., but I prefer the smaller scale. More to see and do without congestion. I will go again next year.
Written November 11, 2015
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Christi B
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
First, I would like to thank our guide, Lalo, for being so great and doing his best to not make the trip a complete flop! Thank you, Lalo!

I was so excited to visit this known puebla for the Day of the Dead celebrations and traditions. The photos presented on the advertisement looked exactly what I wanted to see! The excursion was nothing like this at all! It took over 3 hours to arrive, then we only had 1.5 hours to speed thru the area. We were guided only to the church and cemetery (which had no candles or families), then left on our own for an hour to try and see vendors and eat. We saw nothing of the photos and I was so disappointed.
Then...it took 3 hours to return, which included our bus driver heading down the wrong way on a very narrow street which turned into 30 minutes of trying to get turned around the right direction. Some people had to ask to pull over to use the bathroom because how long we were on the bus.

I highly recommend the tour either start earlier to actually see what you present in the photos, state the true travel time, offer at least water on the bus for that duration of time.

Although I can say we went to Mixquic, we don't feel we had a true experience of the celebration and traditions.
Written November 2, 2021
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Baron V
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed n Mexico City and were advised to hire a car for the day to go to Mixquic for the Dia De Los Muertos festival. It was booked for 7pm and the ETA was between 40-90 minutes. By 11pm we had only just arrived and found a parking space. Traffic was horrendous the entire journey. So were the road conditions.

We had "a 10 minute walk" according to our driver, however after 10 minutes of walking, a bus pulled up and we got on board. About 10 minutes of a bus ride later we arrived. It was about 11.30pm by this stage. We got to the cemetery to be informed it closed at 11pm. Our driver said the closing time in previous years was 2 or 3am and he was confused regarding the new closing time, that aside, we checked out the extremely busy market (hundreds of stalls selling either pizza, booze or day of the dead trinkets) and we left. There were countless bus loads of people still arriving despite the entire festival starting to pack up.

After a 2 hour journey back home, I felt compelled to write this review, alerting future travellers to allocate PLENTY of time to get to this festival.
Written November 2, 2012
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Anna F
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
Came specifically from Greece for this experience and it was greater than I could have ever imagined! Tradition, great buys, awesome food, fun and safe environment among friendly locals. It is a travel experience of a lifetime and should not be missed!
Written November 14, 2014
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Nas S
Long Beach, CA2,234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Mixquic is a great to be away from the massive crowds from Mexico City. This lovely town offers quite a bit in terms of experiencing the Dia de Muertos events. From the old historic church, the cemetery lies around the church itself. It's an interesting layout. Definitely worth the experience!
Written December 5, 2017
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Jesús Miguel C
Buenos Aires, Argentina783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Mixquic is a small village in the border DF-Mexico State which claims to be the only place in the capital where the graveyard in the church garden is still in use. The long tradition of families going to the cemetery to share the evening of 2nd.November with their dead relatives is here as authentic as it gets, at least in the City of Mexico. Children, parents and grandparents get together to visit their loved ones and although the village itself gets crowded with tourists and tradesmen selling about anything, the church is definitely worth a visit and the cemetery keeps a surreal atmosphere at dusk when the tower bells are struck at 6pm and the air fills with the scent of incense and "cempasuchil" (flower of the dead). Old and young people by the tombstones have some food and talk peacefully ignoring the hundreds of foreigners walking around them.
Written November 11, 2014
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Jorge O
Mexico City, Mexico80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011
I would only recommend you visit Mixquic on the day of the dead. You should expect to be in a traffic jam, perhaps a couple of hours. When you get there it's like being in a very crowded country fare. They sell food and crafts on the street. But the main attraction is the cemetery. It is amazing. You see families celebrating their dead in a beautiful way: they talk about what they liked to eat, what they liked to do and share traditions with the whole family. It is always better if you can visit it in a group, this will keep you safer from the drunk you always find in small towns...
Written July 22, 2012
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Sahil H
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Me and my girlfriend traveled to mixquic from Mexico City on dias de los muertos.
I would highly suggest doing this to actually experience dias de los muertos in all it's autheticity.

Key Advice:
1. We took an uber to and back from mexico city, left at 4 pm and booked the uber back at 10 pm, later than that, it get's difficult since there will be a lot of people booking them(20 USD Each way)
2. Please take cash to enjoy the amazing local treats
3. Try to get to the graveyyard a little earlier, it gets PACKED!
4.Be Respectful and don't step on the graves
5. Ask people before taking pictures of the graves of their loved ones
6. though the area was pretty rural, we never felt we were in danger while sitting in the uber through dusty roads(took us close to 1.5 Hours)
7. Try to go to the main roads to get an uber, it will get extremely difficult for the ubers to get into smaller lanes
Written December 29, 2019
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