Responsible Travel Week 2015 #rtweek2015


Tlacoula Market on a Sunday

This year Responsible Travel Week takes place from Feb 9 to Feb 15; so here at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, for those responsible travelers, we have decided to create a list of activities to do in Oaxaca.

Oaxaca is famous for its gastronomy. Soon it will be consider the gastronomic capital of Mexico; as a result, we encourage you to visit locals markets to learn about the people that, day-to-day or week-by-week, sell their produce at their local market.

Market days in Oaxaca:

Sunday: Tlacolula

Tuesday: Atzompa and Abastos Market in Oaxaca City

Wednesday: San Pablo Etla

Thursday: Zaachila

Friday: Ocotlán and Organic Market at Xochimilco (Pochimilco)

Saturday: Organic Market at Xochimilco (Pochimilco) and Abastos Market in Oaxaca City

Another activity, for all of those Responsible Travelers looking to get an experience off the beaten path, we recommend you to join a Microfinance Tour with Fundación En Vía ( En Vía tours are usually conducted Thursdays and Saturdays of every week, or you can join a Sueños de la Tierra Pottery Tour with Innovando la Tradición (

Another great way to get to know the local Oaxacan culture and its cuisine is by taking a cooking class, and why not take it with a native cook from Teotitlan del Valle, meet Reyna at

If you decide to come to Oaxaca for a longer period of time, consider staying with locals; if you study Spanish at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, we can help in arranging homestay while studying Spanish in Oaxaca. Even if you are here for a short period of time, this is a great way to meet locals and learn more about the wonderful things Oaxaca has to offer.


5 Reasons Why Homestay Families Are The Best Choice To Improve your Spanish Learning in Oaxaca

5 Reasons why Homestay Families are the best choice

Señora Yolanda and Emily.

5 Reasons Why Staying With a Homestay Family is the Best Choice to Get a Full Immersion when Learning Spanish in Oaxaca

1. Responsible Tourism:   Living with a homestay is a form of tourism that allows you to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle and to improve your Spanish. When staying with a homestay family you contribute enormously to the local economy because you generate greater economic benefits for local people who also become more culturally sensitive and in exchange they provide more enjoyable experiences through more meaningful connections with local people and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.

2. More Spanish: Living with a family enables you to interact on a daily basis in Spanish and helps you to practice what you learned in class, enriches your vocabulary and gets you in contact with Spanish more hours a day.

3. A Deeper Cultural Immersion: Staying with a homestay family helps to learn more about the culture and the local traditions of Oaxaca.  When students opt for this form of lodging they live, eat and share the majority of their time with a homestay family who usually involves the students in family events such as dinning out, camping and holiday festivities such as Christmas, Easter, and Day of the Dead.

Families that host students from the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca have been in contact with Spanish language students for many years, and they are the best travel advisers in Oaxaca, while staying in Oaxaca they will give you advice about cultural events, places to eat, how to get to different villages in the valley of Oaxaca.

4. Local Food: Oaxaca is famous for its gastronomy, specially for the “Mole Negro,” and the best is the one my Mom cooks. That is what most people in Oaxaca would say, and to be honest there are amazing cooks among the women who host students from the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, so if you plan to stay in Oaxaca for a few weeks living with a homestay family will give you a local taste of the flavors of Oaxaca.

5. Less Cost: We recommend our students to study Spanish in Oaxaca if possible one month, living with a homestay family can be a great economic benefit for the family but also for the student. For US$18.00 per day a student can get lodging and breakfast and a great local adviser of where to go, eat or shop. 

Whether you come to Oaxaca or travel somewhere else to Learn a language we strongly recommend that you live with a homestay family. As you can see there are very good reasons to do so.

For more information about Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, Spanish Language Classes or Homestay Families please visit