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Featured Experiences

Here are some of our most raved-about upcoming experiences…

Hands in Clay

Let´s learn about this ancestral practice and beautiful art form, followed by a chance to feel the earth between our fingers.

Hands on Dyeing and Weaving Workshop in Teotitlán

Hand-dye with natural pigments and weave your own creation in Teotitlan using a Mayan technique.

Cooking in the Campo: Carne Asada AND Tamales!

Learn to make Oaxacan tamales and cook a delicious carne asada.

Paint and Sip: Alebrijes

This experience will launch directly into the practical side of this craft as you paint your piece alongside an alebrije-maker from Tilcajete.

Spanish Immersion: Simple Food Preparation/Vocabulary

We will take ingredients found at the local market and transform them into something simple and delicious in Tlayudona while improving our Spanish a la vez!

Spanish Immersion: Market Trip

You´ll get the opportunity to practice your Spanish, learn about local foods, and build a relationship with local merchants.


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.