What’s new?

You do not have to walk very far around the streets of the centro to notice that the city is in full swing again. After too much time spent at home, everyone is excited to be traveling again. Our team has a renewed sense of purpose, and our hosts are happier to receive you than ever before!

Oaxaca was voted the World’s Best City in 2020, shortly before that same world shut down. It seems like the distinction was not lost, however, as our homey office space has been receiving visitors from every corner of the world lately!

Tlayudona stands apart because of our ethical approach to travel and our commitment to our local community, and accordingly, our experiences follow a Covid Protocol based on local norms. It’s important to us that we are excellent guests, especially since many of our hosts are literally opening their homes to us!

We are so happy in our super-centric office space! Come check us out inside the Plaza San Cristobal at 210 C on M. Bravo Street. where you can also find wonderful Spanish instruction and…. chocolate! As usual, we tend to have local coffee brewing and are happy to talk to you about upcoming experiences!

Our guiding principles of authenticity, intercultural connection, and a host-centered, women-led model continue to propel our project as we learn and grow our community. Join us!

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:

Community First

We are committed to making a positive, regenerative, and sustainable impact within 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 more than half of the earnings of each experience. We value and renumerate their time, not just their products.


Each of our hosts has a lifetime of experience doing what they love, and we have been commited to sharing this with you for years.


We put our hearts into each connection we make, we have real relationships with our hosts,  and together we all create a community. You’ll feel the difference.

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 genuinely 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 were doing amazing things around Oaxaca that the rest of the world knew nothing about. So we decided to build that bridge, and call it Tlayudona.

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