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Day of the Dead is a colorful, special time of year in Mexico City. The best place to see it unfold is at the Jamaica Market, whose aisles overflow every October with flowers and arts and crafts—bright orange marigolds, deep red terciopelos, sugar skulls, papel picado, and tiny skeleton figurines designed especially for Day of the Dead. You’ll find everything you need for your own altar, should you decide to make one. We’ll explain the significance of Day of the Dead altars, see some fabulous arts and crafts, and of course, we’ll eat too: tacos, tlacoyos, tamales and atole, to name a few, plus Jamaica’s famous huaraches that were invented nearby.
This is a special tour that only happens once a year. Come and discover the beauty behind Day of the Dead in Mexico!
Am I going to get sick from eating Mexican street food or tacos?
Mild discomfort is common for people who aren’t used to eating Mexican spices or produce. However, all the food stops on each of our tours have been personally tested — often multiple times — by Eat Mexico’s founders, as well as each of our guides. We stand by their quality and cleanliness.
Can you pick me up from my hotel? How will I return once the tour is over?
Our tour prices don’t include transportation. If you book a tour, you’re responsible for arriving to the pre-arranged meeting spot on your own. Most Mexico City hotels provide taxi services for guests, and it’s generally easy and convenient to use them. However, if you’re interested in booking a taxi through Eat Mexico, we can arrange hotel pick-up for an extra fee.
Once the tour is over, we will help you get an authorized, safe taxi to your hotel, or provide directions on public transportation, if you’re interested in that.
Where do we meet for these tours?
The meeting point is in front of the entrance of Superama Grocery Store on Michoacán Street in Condesa, between Amsterdam and Parque Mexico.
Is English spoken?
English is definitely spoken! Our guides are either American and bilingual in Spanish, or they’re Mexicans who speak fluent English. We will also happily do a tour in Spanish if you prefer.
Can vegetarians or vegans take this tour?
Vegetarians, definitely. We don’t recommend this tour for vegans. Our tours also work for anyone with cheese, nut and wheat allergies. Please let us what know your dietary restrictions in advance.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops please), pants, and shirts in layers — it can be cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. Please bring an umbrella if you’re traveling in Mexico City’s rainy season, from June-September.
How much walking is involved?
Quite a bit. We want you to experience the most amount of food and culture possible, and while we are not actively walking the entire time, you will be required to walk from stop to stop. There are between six and eight stops on each tour, so it’s best if you’re used to a moderate amount of physical activity. Many of the street stands we visit also do not have seating, so you will eat standing up.
How much food will I get to try?
This is really up to you. We generally taste around six items on each tour, but the price includes as much food as you’re open to trying. We offer a suggested portion size at each stop and you can take our recommendation if you’d like. Our goal is to have you end the tour pleasantly stuffed, not so full you can barely walk. That said, everyone’s appetite is different and we welcome all varieties!
What if it rains?
Our tours are conducted rain or shine.
Can I bring my children on this tour?
Sure! We welcome ages 13 and over. As long as you know that the tour wasn’t designed with children in mind. But we welcome kids and have hosted many families – we think it’s a great experience to broaden everyone’s horizons. Ages 13 to 15 come for $40, and ages 16 and over come for the regular price.
What is your cancellation policy?
50% of the tour cost is refundable if cancelled in more than 10 days. The remaining is non-refundable. This differs from other locations because of local agreements.
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