Day Of The Dead Photo Tour - ColdSnap Photography

Day Of The Dead Photo Tour

Oaxaca, Mexico

October 30 -- November 5, 2022

BW Maria from Day of the Dead

The “Day of the Dead” celebration is steeped in Mexican Culture. Oaxaca, Mexico is the ground zero for this celebration, and it is one of the most beautiful and safest Mexican cities. This makes the Day of the Dead Photo Tour a visual feast and the perfect setting for this photography tour. The two-day celebration honors ancestors, family, culture, and history. Central to the celebration tradition is the creation of colorful altars to commemorate the lives of those who have deceased. In typical Mexican style, the celebrations take place indoors and outside. Join us for a photographic adventure of a lifetime.

In addition to the traditional two-day celebration of the “Day of the Dead”, we will tour local attractions such as the archeological ruins of Yagul and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Monte Alban.  We will spend a day at the local village of Teotitlan del Valle,  renowned for its weaving and rugs. We have several tours arranged with local guides to give us the history and cultural significance of the celebrations and traditions.  There will be time to explore the beautiful city of Oaxaca with its Spanish Colonial architecture, cathedrals, and zocalos or town squares.


Maria from Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico and the surrounding countryside.

You can easily access Oaxaca via the International Airport located next to the town. We will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your hotel. At the end of the workshop, we will drop you off at the airport for your return flight, unless you opt to extend your stay.

Transportation to the local villages and historic sites is included.


The cost includes double occupancy accommodations at a centrally located hotel. Check-in is October 30, and check-out on November 5. If your travel plans include an extension let us know and we can help you make these arrangements. Upon registration, we will provide the hotel details. The single occupancy option is available for $700.00 USD.


Transportation is provided to and from the airport unless you are arriving early or staying later than the workshop dates. All transportation to local events or locations is provided.

Physical Ability:

This workshop includes a fair amount of walking city streets or at historical locations. Typically the streets and sidewalks are cobblestones or uneven pavement. You should expect a moderate level of physical exertion.

Photographic Subject and Instruction:

During this workshop, we will provide guidance and instruction on the following styles of photographic subjects, street photography, portraits, environmental portraits, landscape photography, and bird photography. As a result, you will have the opportunity to practice and improve these skills. If you are into photographing birds, bring your bird lens as there will be opportunities to expand your life list.

Instruction will be primarily one on one, with some group field demonstrations. While there is no classroom instruction during this workshop, we welcome the opportunity to review your work individually and help you realize your photographic goals.

About Your Photography Tour Guides:

John Gregor and Tomy O’Brien are award-winning photographers. Each of them has over 40 years of photographic experience. Gregor has 30 years of experience running workshops and tours, and O’Brien is fluent in conversational Spanish. Both Gregor and O’Brien are experienced travelers and travel photographers, together they have traveled throughout Mexico, having driven over 32,000 kilometers and visited 26 of the 32 Mexican States. Their photography is published in magazines and online worldwide.

Workshop Cost:

$2495.00 USD,

The cost includes tuition, instruction, accommodations based upon double occupancy, and ground transportation to events and locations that are part of the itinerary. The cost does not include airfare, food, tips, personal purchases, or spontaneous event fees not planned as part of the itinerary.

Single Occupancy Option, $700.00 USD

A non-refundable deposit of $200 will hold your reservation until 90 days prior to the workshop dates when the balance is due.

This is a past workshop

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