Day of the Dead Fiesta

Celebrate life with a traditional Day of the Dead Fiesta!

A proven success. A star programme!

If you want to grasp Spanish in a short time, this is the ideal choice. At the end of the course, you will not only be able to comprehend and speak Spanish in your daily life but you will also get to know the Spanish culture better through extra activities. ASLI Spanish Language Institute celebrates the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), with an all-inclusive package from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, 2016. Come and experience this enchanting time and place in Mexico. The country’s extraordinary Day of the Dead has been recognized by UNESCO since 1995 as part of the world’s intangible heritage. Come celebrate with us this fall in Cuernavaca/Ocotepec.

Tuition – $850 per person

  • Single room and exclusive bathroom!
  • 5 days of conversational Spanish immersion for all levels. Personalized attention.
  • Includes: Spanish classes; textbook; accommodation; 3 meals daily; transportation to and from school; outings (see below).
  • Outings: Downtown walking tour; Tepoztlán; Presentation of Day of the Dead activities in Ocotepec; family altars in Ocotepec; Jardín Borda exhibitions of the famous Catrinas; Cortés Palace and Diego Rivera mural; Taxco (silver town); salsa classes; Robert Brady Museum

Does not include: Laundry; private driver for Mexico City Airport pickup; personal expenses

* Every outing will be in a private van with an English-speaking guide.

Schedule: 

Day 1 Saturday October 29, 2016

Coming into Mexico City terminal, shuttle to Cuernavaca (on your own) – $15. You can order a school car and driver to pick you up directly at the terminal – $90 for one or two people arriving together.

Welcome dinner with your Mexican family. Practice your conversation!

Day 2 Sunday 30,
9 p.m. – Breakfast with your Mexican family
10:00 a.m.- – Visit Jardín Borda to view local Day of the Dead exhibitions, altars, and Catrinas, the elegant skeleton ladies.
12 p.m. – Lunch at “La India Bonita”
1:00pm. Visit Cortés Palace, home of the Diego Rivera mural
2:30pm – Walking tour
7 p.m. –  Main meal with your Mexican Family.

Day 3 Monday 31,
8 a.m. – Breakfast with your Mexican family
9 a.m. – 12:00pm – Spanish Class
12 p.m. – Cooking class where you will eat what you have prepared
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4:00p.m. Salsa (part1)
6 p.m. –  Main meal with your Mexican Family.

Day 4, Tuesday 01,
8 a.m. – Breakfast with your Mexican family
9 a.m.- 12:00pm – Spanish Classes
12:00pm Create our altar:  one of the most important elements of the yearly celebration. The altar is a fascinating mixture of symbolism that comes from both native traditions and Catholic beliefs brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. Rich or poor we can go to the graves of our loved ones, cover them with flowers and for a moment bring them back to memory and to life. Each year during Days of the Dead ASLI honors John Spencer an English ex-pat, artist, poet, who is buried in Cuernavaca. We will help decorate his altar at his home  “Casa Spencer”
1:00pm – Visit the Brady House, Casa de la Torre, with its eclectic art collection housed in the 16th-century former home of the bishop.
3:00 Main Meal with your Mexican Home.
5:00 Visit the Day of the Dead activities in Ocotepec, a nearby village, accompanied by the school and your Mexican family.  The family altars are unforgettable.

Day 5, Wednesday 02,
8 a.m. – Breakfast with your Mexican family
9 a.m.- 12:00pm – Spanish Classes
12:00pm- Departure to Tepoztlán. We will travel to this charming town in an air conditioned van. Your family will send a packed lunch.  One of the main attractions of this mountain village is the market.Tepoztlán is also known as a mystical center, and its surrounding mountains are full of magnetic qualities.Climb the Tepozteco, if you choose to visit the mountain top temple.  Your family will pack a lunch.
7 p.m. –  Main meal with your Mexican Family.

Day 6, Thursday 03,
8 a.m. – Breakfast with your Mexican family

9 a.m.- 12:00pm – Spanish Classes
12:00-6:00 A full afternoon in Taxco, Mexico’s silver capital, which is nestled in the mountains in a charming colonial setting. The town’s winding cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses with red tile roofs, and its impressive Santa Prisca Church all combine to make Taxco a lovely and picturesque town. There is an amazing selection of silver here. Your host family will pack you a lunch.
6 p.m. – Return to Cuernavaca
7:00 pm – Main meal with your Mexican Family.

Day 7, Friday, 4
8 a.m. – Breakfast with your Mexican family
9 a.m.- 12:00pm – Spanish Classes
Day 8, Saturday 05
12:00 
Jardines de Mexico has the biggest floral gardens in the world with 51 acres of themed gardens (Italian renaissance, Japanese, cactae, tropical -orchid greenhouse-, and so on. It has a great fun maze with sculptures to observe and admire and a kid section, where they can play ecological and adventurous games and play with musical instruments! There’s a great restaurant “Dalia”, a bit pricey but worth the view and relaxation after a long walk or hiding from the heat. Best to go in the afternoon or early morning.
The park offers for a fee big “golf carts” that pick you up and drop you off at each section and they also offer electric scooters.

Day 8, Saturday, 05
Return to Mexico City from Cuernavaca (by Pullman de Morelos Shuttle $15)You can order a school car and driver to pick you up from your Mexican family directly to the airport– $90 for one or two people departing together.

¡Hasta La Vista!

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