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The Best Activities to Take Part In This Day of The Dead at Sandos Caracol

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If you haven’t heard already, it’s time you knew! One of the biggest celebrations in all of Mexico is coming to Sandos Caracol, and you are not going to want to miss it! 

And that it is ( drum roll please)…


Day of the Dead 

That’s right; even we can’t believe it! For all those wondering what Day of the Dead is, well, it’s a 2-day celebration that takes place every November 1st and 2nd, and it is to celebrate the lives of those who have died.

Now with that being said, these 2 days are filled with A LOT of activities to take part in, and we’re here to tell you which ones you absolutely CANNOT miss! 

Catrina Parade With a Live Band 


Though there are a few activities before, this parade really kicks off the celebrations! Hundreds of staff and guests dress up as Catrinas (skeleton characters that represent death) and fill the walking paths, marching around the hotel showing off their extravagant and traditional clothing to the beautiful beats of a live Mexican Band! 


When: 4:00 pm on both November 1st and 2nd 

Where: Terrace of the theater 


Day of the Dead Dinner 


One of the many things that bring Mexico together during this incredible celebration is the food, and because at Sandos, they want to present a full Mexican experience to its guests, food from every region will be part of this grand feast! 

We recommend having an empty stomach before the dinner starts; there is a lot of food you are going to want to try, and trust us, it is ALL delicious! 

When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on both November 1st and 2nd 

Where: Around El Nido 


Day of the Dead Face Painting Stand 


If you’re going to play the part, you have to wear the part! That’s right; this face painting stand will transform you into one of our skeleton friends that we call catrinas! 

Don’t worry; these skeletons aren’t scary; the artists make them very beautiful and pleasing to the eye! So, just get in line and wait to be a part of this unique event truly! (Don’t forget to take a picture and upload it using #DayoftheDead and tagging @SandosCaracol)

When: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm on both November 1st and 2nd 

Where: In front of the terrace of the theater 


Parade of the Souls 


Ok, you are not going to want to miss out on this! Arguably one of the most amazing activities during the entire event, history comes together in one spectacular and jaw-dropping parade full of beautiful colors, catrinas, circus acts, gigantic props, and music! 

Grab a bite to eat, get your face painted like a catrina, and go a bit early to get the best spot to see the parade; you aren’t going to want to miss any detail! 

When: 7:00 pm on both November 1st and 2nd 

Where: The parade starts in the lobby 


Candle Offering 


The Day of the Dead is all about celebrating the lives of all those that we have lost. As guests and staff come together in a replica of the Mexican Cemetery, each person has the opportunity to light a candle in honor of a friend or family member they have lost as night slowly arrives. 

We strongly recommend attending this empowering and spiritual activity; it’s truly unique. 

When: 9:30 pm on both November 1st and 2nd 

Where: Mexican Cemetery replica 


The Sounds of Mexico Show 


As the night slowly comes to an end, they send it off the only way Sandos and Mexico knows how to, in an array of music and dancing! 

Don’t miss out on this incredible performance as you will bear witness to the true culture of Mexico through dance! Here, you will see what truly makes Mexico such a cultural, beautiful, and unique country! 

When: 9:00 pm on both November 1st and 2nd 

Where: Theater 



This is a once in a lifetime experience, and we hope you are able to enjoy everything that this traditional and spectacular event offers you!

There are MANY more activities to take part in and incredible things to see and experience, these are just a few of our favorites! See the whole activity schedule here: 


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