• Mexico
    • Oaxaca
    • Puerto Escondido
1 - 12 weeks
529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Host Family Hotel Lodge
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Price varies per program and is all-inclusive. Combine any two programs for a 5% discount.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance
Sep 23, 2023
Aug 14, 2023
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About Program

Discover the diversity and wonder of Oaxaca, Mexico with Arcos Journeys Abroad! Choose from a variety of programs based in the colonial city of Oaxaca or get active and hike the forested mountains of the Sierra Sur and surf on the Pacific coast. Oaxaca state is unmatched in its cultural and geographic diversity. Take Spanish classes at the University of Oaxaca. Learn about the cutting-edge culinary arts scene based on centuries of ancient cooking traditions. Explore the artistry of Oaxaca from its street art to its eclectic folk art traditions. Deeply rooted in culture and traditions a study abroad program in Oaxaca is the perfect recipe for inspiration and growth!

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Program Highlights

  • Indulge in the incredible food found in Oaxaca such as the iconic mole
  • Explore Monte Alban, the best-preserved pre-Hispanic ruins in Mesoamerica
  • Swim in the pristine mountain springs of Hierve el Agua
  • Explore the cobblestone streets and colonial center of Oaxaca City
  • Surf the perfect waves of Puerto Escondido on the Pacific coast

Popular Programs

Arcos participants at surf camp at Puerto Escondido

Join this program centered around action and adventure in Oaxaca! Tour Oaxaca City with its incredible food scene and beautiful colonial architecture. Trek through the cloud forests of the mysterious Sierra Sur mountains with local indigenous guides. Explore mangroves and hidden lagoons on the Pacific Coast. Travel to Puerto Escondido and Chacahua for a week-long surf camp full of surfing, aquatic activities, and exploration.

Cooking workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico

Taste the flavors of Oaxaca and learn about all of the unique aspects of its culinary arts scene. World-renowned for its street food, traditional dishes, and markets, Oaxaca is the ideal place for a culinary-arts program. Participate in cooking classes. Meet with local chefs and restaurant owners. Select ingredients in the bustling markets. Travel to indigenous communities to learn about their ancestral cooking traditions and the importance of corn in the Mexican diet.

Arcos students painting alebrijes in Oaxaca, Mexico

Travel to Oaxaca, the epicenter of the Mexican art and cultural scene. Participate in daily workshops with local artists learning techniques such as printmaking and stencil. Meet with artisans in the surrounding indigenous communities to experience their folk art traditions and create your own pieces. Explore the pyramids of Monte Alban and ruins of Mitla to see some of Mexico’s best preserved pre-Hispanic art and architecture. Enjoy engaging activities such as cooking and dance classes.

Study abroad students in Oaxaca, Mexico

Study Spanish in the world-renowned colonial city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Famous for its food and art scene, this is a gem of a destination to take Spanish classes. Complement classes at the University of Oaxaca with activities to experience the very best of Oaxaca such as cooking classes, art workshops, city tours, and volunteering. Hike in the lush Sierra Norte mountains. Climb the ruins of Monte Alban and swim in Hierve el Agua mountain springs.

Rock climbing in Santiago de Apaola, Oaxaca, Mexico

Learn about Oaxaca, Mexico from an active perspective! Rock climbing classes in and around Oaxaca City with an excursion to the Sierra Mixteca. Hiking in the Sierra Mixe through cloud forests and indigenous villages. Swim in mountain springs and hike to breathtaking waterfalls. Experience the amazing outdoor activities that Oaxaca has to offer!

Program Reviews

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based on 16 reviews
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  • Growth 4.85
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.65
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.6
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Arcos Journeys Oaxaca

I did a study abroad program in Oaxaca during la Guelaguetza, a festival that honors local indigenous peoples. I was able to experience local cultural events that enhanced my understanding of Oaxaca. I took Spanish classes at the local university in the mornings and my language skills improved more than I had expected. Arcos planned great cultural excursions for our group in the afternoons. I enjoyed living with my host mother and getting to know the other girls in our house. I would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Local festival
  • Food
  • Walkability
  • Machismo culture
14 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing! Do not hesitate

We had researched several language immersion programs for our 16 year old daughter and once we met Brent and the team at Arcos we knew that this was the right fit!
The program staff were exceptionally helpful with everything from start to finish!
Once in Oaxaca, our daughter soared in confidence and language! She loved her host family, the school and the entire program!
She did not want to leave!
We have no reservations about the program, the experience and the experience! She learned so much!

  • ultimate cultural immersion
  • ease
  • safety
  • none
16 people found this review helpful.
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An Amazing Trip!

This experience was undoubtedly one of the best of my life. In addition to my Spanish skills, which improved significantly, I also saw and experienced beautiful places, fun activities, and delicious food. The Arcos coordinators made me feel safe and taken care of at all times. Some great sights were Hierte El Agua and all of the museums. My host family was so generous and experienced working with students that no little to no Spanish, which took a lot of pressure off. I’d go back in a heartbeat!

  • Language learning
  • Wonderful food
  • Beautiful art
  • Cost could be prohibitive
15 people found this review helpful.
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Arcos Journeys: Active Mexico! Hike & Surf Camp

We sent two of our 16-years old boys, Adri and Alex, to Mexico through the Arcos program. Both boys had an amazing time. They enjoyed all of the sport excursions and cultural activities. Surfing and beach were particularly fun. They had a chance to practice their Spanish and learn about the local culture. They met new friends and had a great time with them. They are also very thankful to Pamela who took care of them and helped them through some challenging situations. Although Adrian's phone and some money were stolen, he looks back at this as a learning experience and knows to pay more attention to his surroundings. Both boys loved every minute in Mexico. I am extremely happy with Arcos and how well everything was organized at the local level. The on-site director and admins are extremely supportive, honest, dependable, with superior conflict resolution skills. They took very good care of our children. We look forward to booking another trip with Arcos. Cheers! Basia

  • fun
  • educational
  • safe
15 people found this review helpful.
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Great summer program for teens!

My 16-year-old daughter had an amazing time during her Arcos program in Oaxaca, Mexico. Arcos created a custom 9-day program for her, based on the dates she was available. She enjoyed her Spanish classes in the morning and group excursions in the afternoon. Her favorite excursion was to Hierve el Agua. She met many nice, friendly teens from around the United States. The staff was welcoming and accommodating, making sure the teens had a great experience. We highly recommend Arcos Journeys Abroad to any family looking for a summer abroad program for teens.

14 people found this review helpful.
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Colorado Springs D11 Oaxaca 2 weeks

Very thankful to have this experience for our students. Thank you for all that you have done!

Combining our students with other individual students in our program was difficult. I've done it both ways, and it is always difficult to add students in from other places that have different priorities and oversight. I would want to not repeat that in the future.

I would also want to firm up our expectations / rules for our students prior to Arcos communicating something different. It did cause conflict for us with our students, so communication needs to be improved before the the trip begins.

  • Language School
  • Activities
  • Safety of the city
  • Communication between our program and the rules etc of Arcos.
  • Combining our students with other individual students in our program. I've done it both ways, and it is always difficult to add students in from other places that have different priorities and oversight.
18 people found this review helpful.
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Arcos Oaxaca Mexico Ancestral Flavors

This was a great program. My son is already somewhat fluent in Spanish so the language piece was easy. He had a great family for the homestay, he loved the cooking classes they made tamales, cheese, mole, and many other things. The excursions were excellent- especially the one camping in the mountains. This is a well run program with good communication. They take care in choosing the homestay families. My other child did the language immersion in Oaxaca and loved it. I highly recommend ARCOS! I would not hesitate to send your child.

  • Great classes, great homestay, tons of culture, great food and excursions, good language instruction
  • Oaxaca is a bit hard to get to- expensive flights with multiple connections required from the east coast
17 people found this review helpful.
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Arcos Journeys Abroad, Oaxaca Program

I am a Spanish teacher at a small boarding school in New York state. I have been working with Brent and the Arcos team since 2018, and they are the best. This past year was my second trip to Oaxaca with Arcos, and my fifth trip overall (I have also gone to Granada and Costa Rica with them), and I would continue to recommend their program whole-heartedly. Brent and his whole team are incredibly responsive to the needs and preferences of each school, as well as to each of the individual students who are part of the group. The level of personalized care is really special, and that is what has made me want to continue working with Arcos rather than with a larger, less personal organization. Once we were on the ground, our coordinator Pris was also incredible, having a great rapport with both the students as well as with the teachers. She is also very knowledgable and passionate about her city. (She always knew exactly when we needed a little detour or break to get ice cream or ‘pan dulce’!) The host families were all really great and caring, and my students loved all parts of their trip.

  • Great price
  • Very responsive and knowledgable staff during pre-trip planning as well as on the ground
  • Great balance between academic and tourist/ fun activities
24 people found this review helpful.

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