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.
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.
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.
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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Tlayudona is a woman-owned small business in Oaxaca offering an innovative approach to tourism and hosting memorable socio-cultural exchanges.