Out & About in Oaxaca are educational events outside of the Oaxaca Lending Library. They may require transportation to arrive at the venue.

Available Out & About Tours

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021

Start Time: 9:00 AM

End Time: Approximately 4:00 PM

Meet/Start Location: Oaxaca Lending Library

Chaperones: Tanya Lapierre and Ralph Gault

Bring: N95 or similar covering for mouth and nose, proof of COVID-19 vaccination*, water, a shopping bag, lunch money

Cadence of the Day:

We´ll start our day at the OLL at 9:00 AM for a brief 30-minute introduction to the history of the traditions of altars in the Oaxaca Dias de los Muertos style. Why the candles? Why the sugar skulls? Papel picado, si o no? Mezcal? Chocolate? Why the little heads on the Pan de Muerto?


We´ll then head out to the market in Ocotlan de Morelos, this is the area where many of the fields are dedicated to growing the flowers we use for our Muertos altars. The drive is about 1 hour. In Ocotlan, once situated, you will be provided with your shopping list, breaking the group up into smaller groups of 3 or 4 people. Each group will be responsible for buying flowers, as well as a variety of altar items. You will be provided with cash, too.


We´ll meet back up in the central square and head back into Oaxaca, stopping at a small roadside eatery (comedor) for a light lunch and agua del dia. Please plan for about $100 pesos for lunch.


We will be setting up and decorating our altar in the courtyard of private apartments in Jalatlaco. Tamales and Mezcal will be available. You are welcome to bring a picture of a loved one who has passed (more than a year ago) to add to the altar to include them in the souls visiting us during this special time of year.


*COVID Protocols: You will be asked to provide vaccination proof on arrival to the OLL for your tour day. Failure to provide proof will result in attendance being declined and no refund will be provided. Please wear your mask, covering nose and mouth, while on the bus and at the Ocotlan market.