Join us for Day of the Dead – the most important, beautiful, and traditional celebration in Mexico and then let’s add three days of Mexican Xantolo trail running. To truly celebrate Day of the Dead like the Mexicans, we travel to Huejutla de Juarez, the place where the locals go to celebrate the biggest and most traditional holiday in Mexico. Avoid the beaten tourist trap and let Citla show you “her” Day of the Dead….and her amazing running trails!
Two flowered arches are the entrance to the heaven, “One on the way in and one on the way out”, for those souls who visit their loved ones. These arches will welcome us to La Huasteca, an area with the perfect combination of traditions, beautiful architecture and trails.
Friday, October 29th: On the first day, we will drive from Mexico City 2 hours approximately to Huasca de Ocampo, a beautiful small mining town in Hidalgo state to check-in at the hotel and have dinner with local traditional food. After this typical Hidalgo meal you’ll have time to explore the town.
Saturday, October 30th: our first trail running tour will take place in Meztitlan canyon which is an impressive biosphere reserve that contains 57 different species of cactus, some of them are endemic. On our 12 miles trial run we are going to discover places like Peña del Aire, a huge monolith in one of the highest points of the canyon.
After our run we will come back to Huasca de Ocampo to freshen up and have a delicious lunch also with traditional food and why not? A beer.
Sunday, October 31st: Early in the morning will have our second running day in the surroundings of Huasca. In approximately 10 miles you will discover a beautiful forest, with ancient trees and local wildlife. After breakfast, we’ll head to Huejutla de Juarez, which it’s about 4 hours’ drive from Huasca de Ocampo. Once there and after the hotel check-in, we will start enjoying the “Xantolo”, the Day of the Dead main festivities in Huejutla. Watch the cuadrilla dancers, men dressed as women performing a dance with the traditional Huasteca music. Usually, these cuadrilla dancers have a contest during the festivities and the best cuadrilla wins.
Monday, November 1st.: On Monday morning, our trail running will be around Huejutla where we are going to enjoy of a tropical environment on an 8-mile route. Huejutla is part of “La Huasteca”, an area that includes different states in Mexico and an area that also refers to a certain indigenous group.
After our trail running tour, we will continue with the festivities of Xantolo and a visit to San Agustin ex-convent, a construction from the XVI century.
People in Huejutla offers food during the whole festivities, you can find dishes like Zacahuil; a tamal of huge proportions and cooked in a traditional stone oven.
We promise you a magical, cultural and full of history running holiday, the authenticity of the Day of the Dead festivity and the best four days to be had in Mexico (in all humility 😉).
Tuesday, November 2: Early morning breakfast, time for shopping souvenirs and drive back to Mexico City, approximately 6 hours.