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What’s new in 2021? We are now running open air experiences utilizing our Covid Protocol. Our office is still closed due to the pandemic, so all experiences are arranged online. Experiences involving round-trip transportation will pick you up at a previously-arranged central location, such as your home, hotel, or a local cafe.
We are still in a process of evolution and innovation this year, as we respond to the global situation and the needs of our local communities. It has been a beautiful exercise in seeing Oaxaca through a new lens.
While much of the tourism sector has had to change the essence of their activities, we are strengthening our already-established commitment to sustainable practices within our community. Our guiding principles of authenticity, intercultural connection, and a host-centered economic model continue to propel our project.
Our experiences have always been about depth and quality rather than efficiency or quantity. Accordingly, we have vamped up our sanitary practices in our rural outdoor spaces, adapted existing spots in innovative ways, and relocated other experiences to new locations where they can be enjoyed more safely.
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 are evolving in terms of sites, costs, and processes. We really appreciate your patience as we move forward through a situation that’s completely new for all of us.
We are relying less heavily on our monthly calendar and more on direct bookings in order to keep our experiences small and safe for our hosts and visitors, so don’t be shy about getting in touch to organize something. And for those of you who have returned recently for additional experiences with us, thanks for sticking with us as we embark on this journey together!
From Oaxaca, with love, Tlayudona!
What does the word “tlayudona” mean?
In Oaxaca it’s used to refer to a large, thick-framed person who boasts a lot of physical strength. The expression alludes to the giant tortilla called a tlayuda–because they’re resistant and durable. They bend, but don’t break. It’s considered a compliment here to be “tlayudón“, and in this case with the added “a” in tlayudona, the word refers specifically to women.
Why Choose Tlayudona?
There are plenty of conventional tourism companies out there. We aren’t one of them. Here’s why:
We are committed to reducing risk and caring for the health and safety of every member of our community.
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.
We pay our hosts at least half of the earnings of each experience, renumerating their time, not just their products.
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 with you, we work closely with our hosts to help them meet their goals, and together we all create a community.
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.