Learning Before the Journey

“The best journeys are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” — Rich Ridgeway

The more we know, the more we learn ...

Know before you go

intelli.tours Academic is focused on learning even before your journey begins.

As teachers, we know that when students come to class with the relevant background knowledge, deeper and more lasting learning happens.

As travelers, we know that the more knowledge that students have about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the destination, the more they’ll learn, enjoy, connect, and retain.

Our goal is that every traveler take full advantage of the rich learning opportunities on the journey and return home wiser, more informed, more connected, and more curious about everything.

So before the journey — starting about 60 days before departure — we’ll share with all travelers, parents, and guardians links to a series of online learning modules.

These brief, engaging, well-illustrated presentations will impart the essential background and context about Oaxaca and its people, history, and culture, as well as the places we’ll visit.

We envision that students will spend approximately 30 minutes on each module.  

After each module, students will have a chance to share with us their thoughts and their curiosities so that we can better personalize and tailor learning during the journey to their needs and interests. 

Please read below to learn a bit more about each learning module:

Mexican & Oaxacan History

This history module provides an understanding of Mexican and Oaxacan history from pre-Hispanic times through today, highlighting important historical events that have helped shape modern Mexico and Oaxaca.


The culture module 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.


The art module focuses on how art — as a form of human expression — thrives in Mexico and Oaxaca from indigenous arts and crafts to the contemporary merging of pre-Hispanic, Spanish Colonial, and modern creative artistic expression.


The architecture module provides insights into pre-Hispanic and Spanish Colonial architecture and their historical influences on each other as well as their combined influence on contemporary Mexican and Oaxacan architecture and design.


The cuisine module highlights how the native foods and preparation methods of pre-Hispanic Mexico and Oaxaca merged with Spanish Colonial culinary customs to create the fusion that is today’s Mexican and Oaxacan cuisine, whose renown has influenced food and cooking across the globe.


The language module focuses on the indigenous languages of Mexico and Oaxaca, the history of Spanish,  and how Mesoamerica languages thrive today and have influenced contemporary Spanish and English.