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Featured experiences

Here are some of our most highly-rated upcoming experiences.

Learn the Importance of Native Corn in Oaxaca

Native Corn: Worlds within Worlds Corn is the staple ingredient that the rest of Oaxaca´s diet revolves around. Join us in this exploration of its importance, its vast biological diversity, and its cultural significance in Oaxaca in our collaboration with Xub Maíz. Xub Maíz During this two hour theory-turned-practice experience, you will receive an introduction to ... Read moreLearn the Importance of Native Corn in Oaxaca

Make Mole Negro with Doña Raquel

Doña Raquel is a gem, with years of familial, personal, and professional experience preparing Oaxaca´s regional cuisine. 

Market Trip with Doña Raquel

This experience was designed by one of our star hosts, Doña Raquel, with the requests of her visitors in mind…

Salsas and Seasonings Workshop

Learn how to make Mexican food back at home.Learn about different types of salsas and spices and their relevance in Mexican gastronomy.

Mezcal Immersion in Miahuatlan

We will sit down again for a traditional Mexican lunch, prepared by the matriarch of the household, Simiona ...

Two Day Natural Dye Workshop: Day One

For artists, professional and semi-professional dyers, and any individuals with an acute interest in natural-dyeing processes.


What does the word “tlayudona” mean?

In Oaxaca it´s used to refer to a large, thick-framed person (in this case female) who boasts a lot of physical strength. The expression alludes to the giant tortilla called a tlayuda–because they´re resistant and durable.  Even though it might not seem like it, it´s a compliment.

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Why choose Tlayudona?

There are plenty of conventional tourism companies out there. We aren´t one of them. This is why:


We work with local organizations, cooperatives, collectives, and families who give back to Oaxaca.


We have an all-women core team and work predominantly with women hosts so that our narratives are told and heard.


All of our experiences are designed by our hosts to provide you with an authentic lens into Oaxacan life.


Our costs are based upon the fact that we pay our hosts at least half of the earnings of each experience.


Our team has collectively dedicated a lifetime to building connections in Oaxaca, and each of our experiences is tried and true.


We put our hearts into each connection we make and experience we provide, and it shows.

Our story

Tlayudona was born from the intersection of two ideas: A sociological analysis about how we experience culture, people, and places; and a practical desire to connect people who are visiting Oaxaca to people from the local community who are doing interesting things.
Our founder had watched for over a decade how visitors arrive in Oaxaca wanting to connect to the local community in authentic and respectful ways, but how those paths to doing so are not often visible. At the same time, so many of our friends and allies here in Oaxaca were doing amazing things that the rest of the world knew nothing about. So we decided to build that bridge, and call it Tlayudona.


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