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How to Experience Holy Week in Mexico City

How to Experience Holy Week in Mexico City

In a predominantly Catholic nation like Mexico, the celebration of Holy Week means not only Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, but a full week of feasts and festivities in local communities across the country. Here’s what you need to know about celebrating Holy Week in Mexico City.

 

When to Go

Holy Week (Semana Santa) begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday each year, typically in March or April. In Mexico, Holy Week is immediately followed by Pascua, a celebration of the resurrection and the start of spring. Since many Mexicans leave the city during the holiday, many museums and attractions are less crowded than other times of the year.

 

Where to Go

For an authentic local Holy Week experience in the region, head to the town of Iztapalapa just outside Mexico City. This small town spends months preparing elaborate costumes and sets for its annual Passion Plays. Those with a bit more time can venture a couple of hours outside the capital to the town of Taxco, where a traditional procession includes men carrying thorny branches on their backs. Those staying in the city should check out the Metropolitan Cathedral on Holy Thursday, when the space is decorated with flowers.

 

How to Go

The best way to get a taste of what Holy Week is like in Mexico is to take a tour to one of the small towns surrounding Mexico City during the festivities. Head to Taxco to celebrate Good Friday and watch a Passion Play, or hit the pavement on a walking tour of the cobbled streets of the San Angel neighborhood. Since Mexico City quiets down significantly during Holy Week, it’s also a great time for some sightseeing; consider a walking tour or a hop-on hop-off bus.

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Teotihuacan & Guadalupe Shrine + Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Frida Kahlo Combo Tour

Teotihuacan & Guadalupe Shrine + Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Frida Kahlo Combo Tour

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Mexico City’s vibrancy extends across arts and culture, cuisine, and history. This tour combines six of the area’s top sites over a two-day trip, all seen with the expertise of a local guide. Dive into ancient history at Teotihuacan and Tlatelolco, learn explore the Guadalupe Shrine, visit  Xochimilco, learn about art in Coyoacan, and tour the Frida Kahlo museum.
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Hop on Hop off Mexico City Bus tour

Hop on Hop off Mexico City Bus tour

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See Mexico City’s major attractions on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel by an open-top, double-decker bus on this comprehensive sightseeing experience that covers the Zócalo, Revolution Monument, world-class museums, buildings and more. Buses run regularly from morning until night, giving you the flexibility to explore the sprawling metropolis at a pace that suits you.
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Shrine of Guadalupe Tour in Mexico City
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Shrine of Guadalupe Tour in Mexico City

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With more than 20 million annual visitors, the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico City is one of the top Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. On this tour, an informative guide takes you to the shrine’s two basilicas to see a cloak with an image of the Lady Virgin on display. Climb nearby Tepeyac Hill, where it is said the Lady appeared, and hear more about the events that led to the construction of the shrine. Transport from central Mexico City is included.
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