Our guiding principles are what make Tlayudona unique. Join us on an experience and note the difference.
To provide a platform for local hosts to offer authentic Oaxacan experiences to conscious travelers, life-learners, and neighbors who want to expand their socio-cultural panorama.
Create community based on constructing new intercultural bridges; mutual-learning; the formation of cross-cultural relationships; and loving and respectful alliances.
What we do
Tlayudona provides unique and authentic experiences in Oaxaca based upon intercultural learning and mutual respect. The idea is that our hosts design the experiences that they offer, and our visitors are their guests. We approach travel this way in orde to address the needs of both our hosts and our guests without exploiting local sites, culture, or people. We’ve given a lot of thought to our model, and take pride in subverting the power dynamics of conventional tourism. That’s why Tlayudona focuses on ancestral knowledge while ensuring our hosts’ control over the experiences they offer. We maintain a strong focus on the inclusion of women and other minority groups in our project.
WHY WE DO IT
Tlayudona was born out of the intersection of two ideas: A sociological analysis about how we experience culture, people, and places during travel; 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. Basically, we think that there’s still a way to do travel well, and are constantly innovating and reflecting to provide that opportunity.