Called ‘the global festival circuit’s best kept secret,’ Carnaval de Bahidorá weaves musical diversity with local performers, magicians, art installations, and even classes in the circus arts.
About This Festival
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Carnaval de Bahidorá makes its home at Las Estacas, one of the most exquisite locations in the state of Morelos, Mexico, with the crystalline Yautepec River flowing through the grounds. Up for adventure? Feel free to explore the river in more ways than one. Rent a kayak, swim and snorkel, or see the river from new heights via the zipline.
Plane: Fly into Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México - AICM) and follow directions below.
Bus: The bus costs 420 pesos (~$22) for the weekend with a strict departure schedule from Mexico City. The bus leaves the meeting point (Coyote Insurgentes Autocinema - Av. De los Insurgentes Sur 1729, Colonia Guadalupe Inn) at 3 pm on Friday and 8 am on Saturday while returning on Sunday at 1 am, 6 am, 12 pm, and 7 pm. Don’t miss it!
Car: Parking costs 150 pesos (~$8) so save fuel, save money, save the environment, and travel together. Enter coordinates (18.7302336, -99.1151889) into your mapping service to be guided to the correct location.
For the ultimate experience, you must camp. For an extra 600 pesos (~$30) you can set up your own home within the festival and get access to the warm-up party on Friday night.
If you are travelling and don’t want to lug around all your camping gear, purchase a spot in Camp Kuma, where you will have a place to sleep already set up when you arrive. For a party of two, Camp Kuma is 1800 pesos (~$95) and 2900 pesos (~$155) for four.
If camping isn’t your thing, stay at Hotel Bahidorá, which is a 30-minute drive from the festival grounds. With eight different room choices ranging in price and living conditions (we’re talking suite with a pool vs. standard double bed), you can relax in the comfort of a bed and luxury of a shower with complimentary shuttles to and from the festival.
Two days is not enough time to completely experience Carnival de Bahidorá. Kick it off early with your open invitation to the warm-up party on Friday night.
What to Pack
Sunscreen, bathing suits, sandals, towels, flotation devices, and other summer attire because this festival is in a hot, tropical climate. Bring warmer clothes for when the temperature drops as the sun sets.
A Side Note
Carnaval de Bahidorá does not condone or allow illegal substances on festival grounds. However, it values the safety of its community. Illicit substances may be tested at the Greening for free, no questions asked.