• Mexico
    • Oaxaca
    • Puerto Escondido
1 - 12 weeks

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 Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 04, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
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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 mountain springs of Hierve el Agua surrounded by mountains
  • Explore the cobblestone streets and colonial center of Oaxaca City
  • Surf the perfect waves of Puerto Escondido on the Pacific coast

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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. Paddleboard in the waters of Mazunte on the Pacific. Wind down to Puerto Escondido 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 daily 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.

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 6.5
  • Housing 7.5
  • Safety 7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Learned so much Spanish and more

I came here to immerse myself in Spanish, and I definitely was immersed. My host mother was nice, I had no issues with her at all. She introduced me to her extended family, and they were so nice. I was living alone with my host mother, but I think most of the other students were living with one other student. The activities were good, like visiting tourist destinations and markets, but I enjoyed being at home and school more because I got to speak more Spanish. My host mother cooked or prepared me 3 delicious meals a day, along with chamomile tea or hibiscus water (Agua de Jamaica). The taste of hibiscus reminds me of this trip to this day.
The school was at the University of Oaxaca, and it was pretty with a nice courtyard. The classes ranged from basic Spanish to college level, but they were of higher quality than any Spanish classes I have taken in the US. The classes were helpful because I could learn grammar and pronunciation and go home and use it in the real world.
I wish this program had lasted longer, and I want to visit my host mother again some day. I still keep in contact with her, as well as other friends I made down there. :D

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Speak as much as you can to your host family! The most valuable part of this program for me was getting to know my host mother and forming friendships and relationships purely in Spanish. Don't just stay in your room all the time, you will definitely regret it. Don't just hang out with the other students.
Also, be open. Don't be the judgmental or entitled tourist. Nobody has any obligation to serve you or be nice to you. Not everybody is going to want to talk to you, although most are eager.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Language and Mexican Culture

I think that my trip opened my eyes to the living conditions of people outside the United States. It made me very grateful for what I have at home. Additionally, I was really forced out of my comfort zone and I learned to try weird, new foods and talk to complete strangers in a foreign language. I just wish that I was able to become closer with the people on my trip. They were not very agreeable and not people I could become friends with. Had I liked the people in the program, I would have enjoyed the trip more.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate were grasshoppers. Other than that, I ate at places that had goat heads sitting on tables and enjoyed food that I didn't even know what it consisted of. In general, the food was fantastic.
8 people found this review helpful.

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