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We are currently in the process of developing a new series of open air experiences utilizing our Covid Protocol

It has been a beautiful exercise in seeing the campo and our outdoor spaces through a new lens. We are vamping up our sanitary practices in our rural outdoor spaces, adapting certain spaces to better suit tried-and-true experiences in innovative ways, and relocating other experiences to new locations where they can be enjoyed safely. Stay tuned!

At the heart of the matter is our relationship with our community and our commitment to working together in safe and healthy ways. This means that some of our offerings will evolve in terms of sites, costs, and processes. We really appreciate your patience as we move forward through a world that’s completely new for all of us. 

Our guiding principles continue to propel our project, and have given us a certain leg up in this new chapter, as our experiences have always been about depth and quality rather than efficiency or quantity. Thanks for sticking with us as we embark on this journey! From Oaxaca, with love, Tlayudona!

It takes a village.

In light of the urgency of the pandemic we are facing in Oaxaca and as an international community, in March we had to close the doors to our space and suspend our normal operations entirely. We have been taking this opportunity to strengthen our ties within our local community by joining forces with our guests, hosts, and local hospitals in the production & distribution of reusable masks. This mask project is currently being funded by Tlayudona clients and our international community, sewn by our hosts, and donated to local hospitals and rural communities where there are shortages. Your contribution creates a specific quantity of masks and an income stream for our hosts during this lull in international travel.

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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Tlayudona

Why Choose Tlayudona?

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

Community

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

Perspective

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

Authenticity

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

Transparency

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

Experience

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

Love

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.