Viajes

Dia de Los Muertos in Yucatan Merida

October 30 to November 4, 2018

Mexico lindo y querido si muero lejos de ti….

We invite you to join us to celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos or “Hanal Pixán” as the Mayans in Yucatan call it.

Connect to your roots, to your culture, to your ancestors, to your language and disconnect from stress and work. This trip is for professional Latinos wanting to improve their Spanish and experience the Mexican and Mayan culture during one of the most sacred holidays Mexico has to offer. Merida, Yucatan is the perfect place to disconnect from daily stresses and reconnect with ourselves. For 5 nights and 6 days you will join us in fun interactive trainings and activities to improve your Spanish fluency with adventures into the Mayan world. All levels of Spanish are welcome to join us but please keep in mind that the purpose of this trip is to immerse yourself in the language so we will all be speaking Spanish as much as possible.

We picked Merida as our first group trip because it is one of the safest cities in Mexico, the local people are friendly, the food is delicious and you will experience a good mix of locals and tourist enjoying all the free cultural activities the city has to offer. We have been working in Merida for the past four years with local artisans and it’s a place that feels like home. We want to experience with you a celebration that dates back centuries that connects us to life, death and ourselves.

Highlights and Included Activities

  • Welcome Reception
  • 5 nights stay at a quaint and charming boutique hotel in Merida
  • Delicious local food for breakfast
  • Fun interactive lessons to improve your Spanish and explore the historical city of Merida
  • Swim in healing and refreshing Cenotes (Sink Holes)
  • Visit ancient Mayan ruins and haciendas
  • Visit local beaches
  • Attend the traditional Hanal Pixán or Dia de Los Muertos Festivities
  • Try the traditional Mayan PIB or “mucbipollo” which is like a large Tamal only available during this time of the year

Location

We will be staying in the heart of Merida and walking distance from all the festivities in one of Merida’s quaint and charming boutique hotels. We will be departing from Merida for two trips outside the city to explore cenotes, Mayan ruins, haciendas and beaches. Trainings and activities will be conducted at the hotel, in busses, over lunch, breakfast. You will also have time to explore all that Merida has to offer on your own.

Not Included

  • Flights (Can be approximately from $450 - $750 from major US cities)
  • Airport Transportation to and from Hotel (approximately $12 - $18 one way)
  • Travel insurance | we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance
  • Some Lunches and Evening dinners
  • Additional Tour and Activities not included
  • Tips

 

Tentative Schedule 

  • Check in Tuesday, October 30 from 4pm. Welcome Reception at 6pm
  • Wednesday, October 31, 8:00 am – 12:00 Breakfast and Spanish Training – Afternoon and evening you will explore the city and participate in cultural events
  • Thursday, November 1, 7:00am Departure to Cenotes, Mayan Ruins and Haciendas – Returning early evening to participate in cultural events
  • Friday, November 2, 8:00 am – 12:00 Breakfast and Spanish Training – Afternoon and evening you will explore the city and participate in cultural events
  • Saturday, November 3, 7:00am departure to local beaches and Mayan Ruins – Returning early evening to participate in cultural events
  • Sunday, November 4, 8am Farewell Breakfast Check out by 12pm

Invesment

Registration highly recommended by Sept 1, 2018.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot, with the balance due by Sept 30, 2018. Only a limited number of spaces available. We want to keep this first trip restricted to a small group. Please Read our Cancellation Policy below.

Double Occupancy: $795 per person (two people from the program per room)

Single Occupancy: $985 per person (one person from the program per room)

We welcome the opportunity to share this beautiful city that feels like home, to experience the sacred celebrations and our own personal growth and journey with you! Please read the Q&A and contact us if you still have any questions. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Getting There

Roundtrip flights from major US cities can range from $450-$750 arriving in Merida, Yucatan (MID) on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and departing on Sunday, Nov.4.

From the Airport you can get a taxi to the hotel for $12-$18 and it’s about a 20-30 minute drive. You can pay this with a credit card at the airport. At the airport you can also find ATM’s to withdraw pesos for tips.

Another option is to fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN) but you will need to take a 4.5 hour bus ride to Merida. We recommend you check the ADO schedule. You can travel directly from the airport or from the city center of Cancun to Merda with ADO.

 

Q&A

Can I arrive earlier or leave later? Yes of course if you are able to stay longer we encourage you to do so and would be happy to give you suggestions for an extended stay.

Can I bring a friend? Yes you can. If they will be staying with you and joining us for the tours but not the language trainings you will need to pay additional fees for their transportation and meals. Please contact us before Sept 30 to discuss your options.

Can I bring my kids? Yes you can. It would be very special if they got to experience this with you. However please note that no children are allowed during our language training session. If traveling with children it is preferable to have family or friends traveling with you. We can help connect you with child care services for your children. Please contact us before Sept 30 to discuss your options.

My Spanish is very basic and I’m not sure if will be able to understand? We encourage you to join us no matter what level you are in. We can also provide you with additional practice and support before your departure.

What hotel will we be staying at? The hotel is still TBD but it will be in the city center. We will let you know by Early Oct the exact location.

What should I bring? Swimsuits, Sunscreen, Bug Repellant, Water Shoes for the Cenotes, Water Resistant Cell Phone Case, Hats, Umbrella, Toiletries, Camera, School Supplies for Donation to Children. If you forget anything you will likely be able to purchase it in Merida. There are great pharmacies and stores where you can find anything that you may need.

How should I dress? Bring your summer clothes. It is always summer in Yucatan. Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended. Walking shoes is a must.

What is the weather like? The weather usually ranges from 70 to 90 Degrees Fahrenheit, There is possibility of tropical rain.

When is the last day to cancel and can I get my money back? The last day to cancel is October 1st. If you left a deposit for $100, it can be used as credit for future trips. If you paid in full, the $100 deposit will be deducted and the remaining will be refunded. If you cancel after Oct 15 we cannot issue any refunds.

When is the last day to sign up? The last day to register is Oct 1st.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico? Merida is one of the safest cities in Latin America. There is plenty of people walking around the city center at night. Crime and violence is very low in Merida.

How much money should I take? You can pay with your credit card at most restaurants and some shops. You also get a better exchange rate if you withdraw large amounts of pesos from the many ATM’s around the city. You will be able to exchange dollars. $200 -$300 should cover meals and tips not included. There is great shopping in Merida so take that into consideration.  

What is the exchange rate: You can check www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ before you go.

Do they celebrate Halloween in Mexico? Not in the traditional way that we celebrate in the US. The big holiday is the celebration around Dia de Los Muertos which will be going full force the period we will be there.

What Mayan Ruins will we visit? We will likely be visiting some of the smaller less known Mayan Ruins that will allow us to return back to the city in order to participate in the evening activities.

What beach are we going to? We will be visiting Progreso and Telchac. We will not be going to the beaches in Cancun or the Mayan Riviera, we recommend you stay extra days if you want to visit these beaches.

How many people will be in our group? We cannot say for sure but we are expecting anywhere from 8 to 16 people will be traveling with us.

What are the evening cultural activities?  You can find a list here yucatantoday.com/semana-cultural-merida-eventos-gratuitos/

What do they do for El Dia de Los Muertos? You can find more information in this article https://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2018/01/19/celebrating-day-of-the-dead-in-merida/

Do we have to dress up for El Dia de Los Muertos? No you don’t. You can if you would like to. People wear the traditional clothes from Yucatan and paint their faces. You can purchase the traditional clothes in Merida or at www.intimalena.com.

I’m traveling on my own can you match me with a roommate to get the double occupancy rate? We can’t guarantee that we will be able to match you up with someone else but let us know and we will do our best effort to connect you with someone else interested in the double occupancy.

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy below will apply for all cancellation scenarios, with no exceptions. This cancellation policy has been designed to be as compassionate as possible in the event that plans change.

Cancellation by participant:  For cancellations made by Oct 1, 2018 any payments made will be refunded minus the non-refundable deposit of $100. The non-refundable deposit may, however, be used towards future trips and courses. For cancellations made after Oct 1, 2018 only 50% of any payments made, minus the non-refundable deposit, will be refunded.

Unforeseen Circumstances: There will be no refunds nor discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. For additional protection due to any unforeseen circumstances, it is highly recommend that all participants purchase travel insurance at the time of booking the retreat.

Cancellation by Organizer: In the rare event of a cancellation by the organizer, the participant will be given the option to transfer all payments to a future trip or to receive a full refund. The organizer cannot compensate participants for airfare or any additional travel costs incurred. To cover these risks, it is strongly recommended that all participants’ purchases travel insurance.

Travel Insurance:  Travel insurance can protect participants against any type of cancellation, Program cancellation, lost or delayed baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should the participant become ill or injured. It is strongly recommended that all participants purchase travel insurance, including a 'cancel for any reason' option in order to protect them against the rare risk of cancellation. Travel insurance can be purchased at Insure My Trip https://www.insuremytrip.com/

Trip Changes: The organizer reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by its team, leaders, teachers or business partners. For any questions or comments about this Cancellation Policy, please email us at spanishsinpena@gmail.com