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Sandos Caracol announces 2016 "Day of the Dead" activities

One of Mexico’s premiere luxury resorts is detailing a full line-up of activities planned to coincide with this year’s Day of the Dead holiday. While celebrated across the country, the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen plans to host a full two days of activities, aimed at attracting those of all ages.

Sandos Caracol announces 2016 "Day of the Dead" activities

Constructed to immerse holiday travellers in Mexico’s natural beauty, the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen is expanding upon the unique experience it provides with culturally focused activities in celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. Generally a holiday that celebrates lives lost, the resort has additionally planned an array of fun and educational activities for its guests.

According to details published on the Xcalacoco Experience website the resort has two main days of activities planned, with events ranging from kid-friendly experiences to those sure to appeal to guests of all ages. Beginning 1 November guests will have access to a variety of planned celebrations stretching from late morning through late evening.

1st November: shines brightly with colorful costumes

Morning events

The first day leads off with activities in the Kid’s Club. This includes the opportunity for children to creatively design their own sugar skull at 11am, followed by designing a basket for “trick-or-treating” starting at noon.

Afternoon events

Activities continue in late afternoon with the Catrina Parade, including an accompanying Sinaloa band at 4pm. The parade features the resort’s main character in the Day of the Dead hotel activities.

Starting at 5pm guests will have the opportunity to browse through the colourful crafts of the Hotel Artisan Shops lining the path to Las Mascaras, plus view the diverse artwork and meet local artists at Calzada de las Animas. The artwork and crafts will be on display through 10pm.

Evening events

All this shopping can then be topped off with regional cuisine featured during the Day of the Dead Dinner. From 6pm-9pm guests may dine on a variety of items. The same relative time period also includes face painting at Calzada de las Animas and the opportunity to view a Mexican cemetery while listening to a musical trio.

A Night Legends Tour will kick off at 6:30pm, allowing guests the chance to listen to some of the area’s most significant stories along the Mangrove trail. At the same time guests may also choose to view the intensely hued yellow cempasuchil flower in front of the cemetery.

In addittion, Trick-or-Treating begins at 7pm this night as kids embark from the Kid’s Club and walk through the hotel asking guests for treats to fill their calaverita bowls. This also kicks off the beginning of the night’s Fun Village in the tennis courts, filled with things like blow-up toys and other entertaining games. Meanwhile, those of all ages are invited to listen to live Jarocho music in front of the Hotel Shop, followed by live Mariachi music at Cantina La Curva beginning at 7:30pm and a Day of the Dead Screening at Cenote Cristalino.

At 8:30pm guests have the option of listening to live Chile Frito music at Cantina La Curva or more live Mariachi music at the cemetery. Beginning at 8:45 the hotel’s youngest guests will be putting on Love Story, a romantic play at the theatre. The first night of celebration concludes with The Legend of La Llorona Show, also showing at the theatre, beginning at 9pm.

2 November: beautiful altars and ancient traditions

The next day and evening includes a schedule much like the first, with the exception of some of the evening events.

Evening events

Live music on night two includes high-energy Banda Nortena music beginning at 6:30pm at Cantina La Curva and live Banda Yucateca music starting at 7pm in front of the Hotel Shop. While children are trick-or-treating or attending the Fun Village guests will also have the opportunity to attend a Candlelight Offering at Cenote Cristalino. Here, guests may light a floating candle, then make a wish or remember a loved one before letting it go on the water.

The evening continues with more live Mariachi music beginning at 7:30pm at the cemetery, followed by the fun tradition of reading Calaverita poems in front of the resort spa at 8pm. Live Banda Nortena music picks back up at 8:30pm at the cemetery along with live Mariachi music in front of the Hotel Shop.

Day two concludes with two theatrical performances. The first is a short Mexican cowboy comedy show beginning at 8:45, followed by the Sounds of Mexico Show at 9pm.

Sunday & Monday

Additionally, the resort has announced all day events running Sunday and Monday. These include a Day of the Dead Culture and Traditions Tour meeting in the lobby and The Gondola of Death at El Nido. Other events at or near El Nido these days include a photo exhibit, skull station and Famous Mexicans. The Theater Terrace will host The Great Offering, while Calzada de las Animas is the place to go for a Day of the Dead altar contest.

A Mexican Holiday

Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout much of Mexico, with a real focus on remembering family and friends. Often also called Dia de los Muertos, the holiday dates back hundreds of years in Mexican culture.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen joins in the celebration with the various activities it has planned for early November. The all-inclusive resort focuses on family-friendly activities, with nightly entertainment, water sports, tennis and golf, plus the addition of an environmentally friendly spa and fitness centre.

Playa del Carmen is one of Mexico’s premiere resort destinations, known for its white sand beaches, coral reefs and exceptional options in accommodations. The area also includes a variety of vibrant restaurants, shops and entertainment options drawing in large numbers of holiday travellers every year.

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