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September 20, 2019

Planning a trip to in Mexico City for Dia de Los Muertos

In recent years Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead has become a popular celebration among other cultures. Movies like James Bond and Coco have helped bring awareness to this tradition.

Last year we were lucky enough to spend Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico City. This time of the year features a parade and festive decorations throughout the city. I have put together a few tips to help plan a trip to Mexico City for Dia De Los Muertos.

Mexico City: Dia de los Muertos

Where To Stay

I recommend staying on Reforma since that is the area where the parade takes place. We stayed at Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa.

The first day we explored local cuisine and shops. At night we walked down Reforma which was decorated with Alebrijes. Many children were dressed up and asked for candy. A local said many people walk by and hand candy out for the holiday.

For a guided tour I recommend checking out a local company like Viator.

Mexico City: Dia de los Muertos Alebrije on Reforma

Things To Do

Pyramids of Teotihuacan: This place is incredible. I recommend getting there early so you don’t run into any lines trying to climb the pyramids. It would also help if you wear a hat and/or sunblock, the sun is blazing! Check out Tips for Visting Teotihuacan.

Diego Rivera: Anahuacalli Museum: This is Diego’s personal collection of artifacts and it’s truly one of a kind. If your time is limited, I recommend checking this out instead of the Anthropology Museum in Mexico.

Frida Kahlo Museum: La Casa Azul: This was my second time here. You are able to walk inside and view Frida’s home as if time had not passed. This is another must-see!I recommend getting tickets ahead of time because chances are it will be sold out by the time you get there.

We spend the rest of the evening in the Plaza area of Coyoacan. I bought face paint at the local market to create the looks featured in this post. As the day went by, the streets were closed for people to walk around in their Dia de Los Muertos costumes. I would recommend staying in town for the celebration.


Lardo: Good food, vibe, and wine.

Cafe Nin: Great homemade baked goods and breakfast.

Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa: Mimosa brunch with a variety of traditional Mexican dishes.

Dulce Patria: This was the most unique dining experience. If you are looking for something different, check it out.

Maximo: The best meal we had in Mexico City. The food was incredible! We must have tried about 6 different dishes, one was better than the next. We were not able to make it to Pujol but Maximo sure made up for it.

Mexico City: Dia de Los Muertos

Since the city was very festive for Dia de Los Muertos there was a lot to see just by walking around the city. Visited Zocalo, Angel de Independencia (walking distance from the hotel), Palacio Nacional, Bellas Artes, and a couple of other places.

Mexico City: Dia de Los Muertos

If you have recommendations and tips for travel, please feel free to comment below on what worked for you. Thanks!

Mexico City: Dia de los Muertos

More Tips on Mexico City:

Tips for Visting Teotihuacan

Diego Rivera: Anahuacalli Museum

Frida Kahlo Museum: La Casa Azul

If you would like to check out other travel adventures click here. Happy travels!

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