intelli.tours Academic journeys celebrate the diverse and vibrant culture of Oaxaca with daily explorations, activities, and events that highlight the rich cultural tapestry that defines this beautiful city and its people.
As the Mexican state with the largest indigenous population, Oaxaca is a diverse mosaic of people and languages replete with historical, artistic, and culinary cultural riches found nowhere else in the world.
For students, our journeys bring the fascinating culture of Oaxaca to life with hands-on involvement, personal connections with the people, celebrations of cultural expressions, and superb gastronomy — all of which allow students to become a part of the beauty and depth of the cultural richness and creative spirit of the proud Oaxacan people.
We have highlighted here the some specific cultural components before and during our journeys; however, as culture truly is a part of everything, we invite you to explore the additional links at the bottom of the page for a deeper understanding of the cultural connections on journeys to Oaxaca.
Before departure, via engaging and interactive learning modules, students will explore the people of Mexico and their cultures. Students will gain perspective into the similarities and differences between the many native peoples of Mexico and how the numerous indigenous groups who have passed through the area and called the region home have shaped Oaxaca through language, art, food, and more.
intelli.tours Academic knows that culture describes a certain set of customs, ideas, and social behaviors of people in a society. We also know that one’s personal culture is an important component of one’s individual identity.
As Oaxaca is a repository of multiple cultures, we focus our journeys on these important cultural components:
We also focus on these essential questions relative to culture:
Art is an omnipresent cultural reality in Oaxaca, from pre-Hispanic expressions to indigenous crafts to brightly painted buildings to contemporary amalgams of the past and the present.
Our journeys include these cultural activities focused on art:
Dance is ever-present in Oaxaca. It is not uncommon to see groups of young people outdoors throughout the city practicing local folk dances as they prepare for the annual Guelaguetza dance festival, a significant cultural event in Oaxaca.
Our journeys include these cultural activities focused on dance:
Food, too, is front and center everywhere in Oaxaca. In fact, many consider Oaxaca to be the culinary capital of Mexico given its fame as the home of the 7 mole sauces, which range from green to red to brown to yellow and are made with a bewildering array of ingredients, including chiles only found in Oaxaca, freshly ground chocolate, nuts, and a mélange of fruits, seeds, and herbs.
Why do our journeys take food so seriously? Because food tells the story of a place and its people: cuisine is culture.
We invite you to follow the links below to explore more about learning on our journeys to Oaxaca and to discover the exciting itinerary for our educational journeys to this amazing city.