Dia de los Muertos

Mexico is one of the most traveled to places in the world, and who hasn't thought of this beautiful, culturally diverse country as they eat flavorful tacos, listen to mariachi music, take in the paintings of artists such as Frida Kahlo, or see photos of beautiful long beaches with emerald coasts? There is seemingly no off-season in Mexico, with something to be enjoyed no matter what time of year you visit. 

One of the best – and most colorful – times to visit is in late October through early November, during Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is one of Mexico’s most significant pre-Hispanic traditions and, since 2008, part of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Despite what the name may suggest, the Day of the Dead is not a day of mourning, but of celebration and joy.  

At its core, the day recognizes death as part of the human experience. Families gather to honor the lives of the deceased setting up ofrendas, decorating with skulls, and preparing pan de muerto (traditional bread). When preparing the altar for the deceased, some people assemble an offering that includes favorite meals and other personal items of the deceased, along with their photos. Having these items allows loved ones who have passed to feel rejuvenated after their long journey. 

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced this holiday to be carried out in a hybrid manner, because while in some areas, cemeteries remained open, in others, cemetery visits were suspended, or the number of attendees was restricted. This year, with 29 out of 32 entities in low-risk status, cemeteries are expected to have the same number of visitors as pre-COVID-19.  

Once the festivities have ended, you can enjoy the beautiful Caribbean coast of Mexico, with a few days of sun, sea, and sand on the country’s renowned beaches. Chetumal and Playa del Carmen have something for everyone, with modern architecture, dream beaches, and a vibrant nightlife. In Tulum, you can see the Mayan ruins and picture-perfect landscapes. Cozumel is an ideal island for snorkeling and water sports, and finally we have Cancun, the perfect city in which to let go and have fun.     

Or, if you are looking to instantly immerse yourself in the Mexican culture, we recommend you visit the capital, Mexico City. There you can visit places like Frida Kahlo's house, the historical center, the archaeological site of the Templo Mayor, the Plaza de la Constitución, or places like Las Trajineras de Xochimilco, the Bosque de Chapultepec, or the National Museum of Anthropology.

What to know before getting to Mexico

Since March 2022, travelers no longer need to fill out a health declaration form that was required to enter the country.    

There is no need to take a test before departure or undertake any form of quarantine. Those concerned they may have symptoms should ask for the Sanidad Internacional health organization.   

Some Mexican states or cities might have tighter restrictions than the country at large. Tourists may want to inquire with their hotels or resorts about any local directives before committing to plans.    

If you are visiting Mexico you need a Tourist Card which is an Entry Immigration Form that details information about your visit to Mexico and you can fill it out online. The Tourist Card is per person regardless of age and how long you will stay in Mexico. The information you provide in the Tourist Card is kept by the Mexican Immigration Authority as an official record of your visit to Mexico.

Travel Insurance for Mexico

Currently, travel insurance is not currently required for all Mexico, but a travel medical insurance plan is required for visitors to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Our Safe Travels Outbound plan is a primary temporary travel medical plan for US Citizens and US Residents when traveling outside the USA. It includes medical, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, and security evacuation. Trawick International covers and COVID-19 expenses just as any other sickness or injury. 

Although a trip cancellation plan is not required travel to Mexico, it should still be a priority for all international travelers. Between flight delays, pilot shortages, and hurricane season, there are plenty of ways that you can be protected during your next trip. Our Cancel for Any Reason plans are perfect for the unknown. These plans provide reimbursement for the percentage of the prepaid, non-refundable, forfeited payments you paid for your trip, if you cancel your trip for any reason not otherwise covered by the policy. 

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