Join us and celebrate Dia de Muertos in Mexico:

Mayan Rebirth: The Brushing of the Bones

A 4-day trip to Mexico by Borderline Projects and Morbid Anatomy.

October 31  - November 4, 2019**

**Must reserve by July 15

Mayan Rebirth: The Brushing of the Bones

Continuing our Death in Mexico tour series, on 2019 we will be visiting the legendary Yucatan Peninsula, which comprises the former territories of the ancient Maya lowlands, where the main centers of the classic Mayan civilization were established around 900 BC to 300 B.C. The rich history and heritage of the Maya, coupled with the mesmerizing landscape, natural resources and cultural diversity of the Yucatan Peninsula, make it one of the great civilizing centers of humanity, and the origin of one of the most remarkable variants of the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico: The Hanal Pixan or Comida de las almas (“Food for the souls” in Mayan language). It encompasses 3 days of celebrations (the Hanal Palal, the U Hanal Nucuch Uinicoob, and the Ha Hanal Pixanoob, consecrated to the deceased children, adults, and all souls, respectively.

Our journey will take us to two major celebrations of Hanal Pixan: The great Festival de las Ánimas (“Festival of the Souls”) celebration at the General Cemetery in Merida, the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula and capital of the homonymous state; and the extraordinary Cleaning of the Bones ceremony that takes place during Hanal Pixan in the small town of Pomuch in the state of Campeche. This tradition is rooted in the bigger frame of the unique ossuary burial practices of this town and its cemetery, in which the graves are kept open all year long, and the exposed remains of deceased relatives are part of everyday life for the inhabitants of Pomuch. On this tour, we will get an exclusively intimate opportunity to join families for this both solemn and cheerful ritual.

Cost: $685.00 USD (Includes all hotels in double-rooms, luxury ground transportation, museum admissions, guided visits, and breakfasts; airfares not included). PLEASE NOTE: non-refundable down payment of $365.00 USD required by July 1 to reserve. Please email with questions.


Day 1 - Hanal Palal / Halloween

We recommend arriving in Merida on the morning of Halloween, October 31, to visit some sites and enjoy the many Day of the Dead special celebrations held around the City. Staff will be at the hotel early in the day for check-in and general information. In the evening, we’ll attend the Festival de las Ánimas celebration.

Hotel night 1 - Merida

Day 2 - U Hanal Nucuch Uinicoob 

- U Hanal Nucuch Uinicoob Daylight guided tour to the cemetery to witness Day of the Day family gatherings, offerings and cleaning of tombs traditions. Free time for special interest sites and tours. In the evening we will join the festivities at the City General Cemetery.

Hotel night 2 - Merida

Day 3 - Ha Hanal Pixanoob

Early in the morning after breakfast, the bus will depart to the state of Campeche to witness the Brushing of the Bones ceremonies in the small town of Pomuch, located in the Hecelchakan municipality. We will visit the ossuaries and open graves at the local cemetery. At the end of the day, we will depart to the capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Francisco de Campeche, where we will join the festivities during the last Day of the Dead celebration in this fortified city.

Hotel night 3 - San Francisco de Campeche

Day 4 -  End of the tour

Daylight guided special tours to museums, cemeteries, markets and historical sites in the walled city. Optional tour for this day: a visit to the Edzna Archeological site, dating back to the Late Pre-Classic Mayan period (300 B.C. to A.D. 300). At the end of the day we will depart back to the city of Merida on board our luxury bus.

Hotel night 4 - Merida

All photos courtesy of:

Secretaría de Fomento Turístico de Campeche | Secretaría de Fomento Turístico de Yucatán

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