"Coco," Disney Pixar's newest release, takes place in a fictional Mexican city. But it is inspired by the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Located in central Mexico, Oaxaca is filled with unique cultural experiences and festivals similar to those seen in the film -- including celebrations for Day of the Dead, a holiday that honors those who have passed on. Experience the celebrations just like the star of the movie, Miguel, with elaborate feasts, traditional costumes, colorful parades and live music everywhere.
Other Oaxaca highlights include Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The expansive ruins from the BC-era sit on a flat-mountain range, 6,000 feet above sea level. The natural cold spring, Hierve el Agua, also sits high in the mountains and features stone-like, natural infinity pools and petrified waterfalls. Hike along the mountain trails and then take a swim in the natural pools to cool off. The artwork, handcrafted goods (black pottery, woven rugs and more) and the outstanding local cuisine (don't miss the Oaxaca cheese!) will have your family loving the Land of the Living just as much as Miguel does.
Recommended Hotel: Quinta Real Oaxaca