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Featured experiences

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

Traditional Oaxacan Posada

This December our amazing culinary host, Doña Andrea, is teaming with Tlayudona to offer a traditional posada but with a twist...

Women in Mezcal

This experience is a socio-anthropological account of how women are contextualized within Oaxaca’s burgeoning mezcal industry...

Mezcal Immersion in Miahuatlan

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

Day of the Dead Market Trip

Day of the Dead is such a precious time in Oaxaca, and this experience has been designed to live its beauty and significance in the most...

Learn the Importance of Native Corn in Oaxaca

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...

Make Mole Negro with Doña Raquel

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


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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