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Oaxaca Day Of The Dead

with special guest, Hakim Tafari.

All-inclusive running, cultural immersion & wellness retreat.
Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2019


 Experience Overview

Join us in this running expedition into the heart of the Day of the Dead festivities in one of Mexico's most sought-after destinations. A life-changing week filled with exceptional mountain running, top yoga and meditation classes, authentic Mexican cuisine,  human connection and ancestral medicine. 
Disconnect and reset as you enjoy the very best of Oaxaca's cultural and culinary heritage and embark on an epic running adventure that will take us deep into the mountainous landscapes of the Sierra Norte.

7 days, 6 nights

Avg. Daily Distance

Oaxaca, Mexico

All levels

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About the experience

The state of Oaxaca is regarded worldwide as one of the best culturally preserved and most stunning places in Mexico due to the large variety of indigenous cultures that live in its vast and varied landscapes, and the degree to which their now world famous cuisine and ancient traditions have been preserved.

The “Day Of The Dead” celebration in Mexico, is a UNSECO “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. This is one of Mexico’s biggest and most widely known traditions; a celebration filled with vibrant colors, traditional “Cempasuchil” flowers and ancient rituals.

In Oaxaca City, where we will spend the first part of the trip, the Day of the Dead is celebrated with passion; families commemorating the deceased with altars filled with flowers, family photos and decorative skulls, traditional processions and candle filled cemeteries where families spend the night with their deceased.

The second part of the trip consists of a stunning adventure into the Sierra Norte that will allow us to connect with the people, places and traditions from the Pueblos Mancomunados (Commonwealth Towns), a group of Zapotec communities that chose to establish their own unique socio-economic system in order to make a living sustained by trade, sustainability and ecology. You will run on the ancient trails of  an original Zapotec route used over thousands of years for trade and commerce between the Gulf of Mexico and the central valleys of Oaxaca.

Each day will be accompanied by a very special mindfulness program led by Hakim Tafari, who will take us on a spiritual journey of inner peace and self-knowledge throughout and beyond the adventure.


Special guest:

Hakim has studied and taught Eastern bodywork, in particular Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage, since 1999, learning from some of the greatest teachers in the field of eastern bodywork. Currently, he is working with Dr. Michael Spino, author of the book “Beyond Jogging, the interspaces of running” to bring certain mindfulness techniques to the running community as well as working on a documentary and later on working on a book that will explore a little bit of everything, from running, mindfulness, veganism and spirituality.

Hakim will be leading daily meditation and TaiChi sessions during this special experience.

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Day 1: Arrival in Oaxaca City

Shuttle from the airport to Hotel
Boutique Hotel Check-In
Night Run from Oaxaca City to Xoxocotlán.
Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Oaxaca City

Meditation & Yoga Session
Morning 10k Sightseeing Run
Day of the Dead festivities at San Agustin Etla
Dinner at Zandunga

Day 3: Oaxaca City / Llano Grande

Meditation & Yoga Session
Breakfast at Boulenc
Visit to Mezcal Palenque
Drive to Teotitlán del Valle
Lunch + traditional textiles at Sam's and Leo's House
Driver to the Mountains

Day 4: Llano Grande / Cuajimoloyas / Latuvi

Meditation session
8.2 km run to Cuajimoloyas
Breakfast at Cuajimoloyas
16 km Run to Latuvi
Lunch at Latuvi
Free Time - Local activities
Sunset Yoga

Day 5: Latuvi / Lachatao / Amatlán

Meditation & Yoga Sesion
16 km run to Lachatao
Lunch in Lachatao
Free Time
Temazcal Session 1
Temazcal Session 2
Dinner in Amatlán

Day 6: Amatlán / Latuvi / La Nevería

Meditation & Yoga Session
Shuttle to Latuvi
Breakfast in Latuvi
10km run to La Nevería
Lunch at La Nevería
8.2 km run to Benito Juárez
Hanging Bridge
Farewell Dinner Benito Juarez

Day 7: Latuvi / Oaxaca City International Airport

Meditation & Yoga Session
Shuttle to Oaxaca City
Shuttles to Airport


What’s included?

  • Airport shuttles.

  • Transportation throughout the whole experience.

  • Carefully selected eating and dining experiences in some of Oaxaca's top restaurants.

  • Experience the cities main cemeteries and altars, and one of Oaxaca's most important Day of the Dead Celebrations.

  • Witness the traditional comparsas and muerteadas hosted by local families.

  • Authentic traditional Oaxacan cuisine cooked by locals.

  • Visits to Oaxaca's most beautiful markets.

  • Visit the house and studio one of Oaxaca's top Clay artists.

  • Stay at the house of a family of traditional weavers in Teotitlán del Valle.

  • Visit and lunch at an authentic Mezcal palenque.

  • Exclusively designed trails in magical and unique landscapes.

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions.

  • Support and knowledge of our local guides.

  • Shared and private accommodation.

* We recommend having personal travel insurance.




All of our trips are designed to welcome hikers and runners of all fitness levels. We will assign different guides to groups of different levels so that no one is left behind. You will feel safe and comfortable throughout the trip whether you're a professional runner that wants to add these runs to your training, an amateur who wants to explore the world of trail-running or a casual hiker who wishes to challenge him- or herself while enjoying nature in a secure environment.