5 Fun & Unique Tours That Empower Locals In Mexico

By Sky Fisher

Mexico is a diverse country full of natural beauty and cultural immersion opportunities for travelers, from organic mezcal distillery visits in Oaxaca to cooking classes teaching the art of mole poblano in Puebla and beyond. For travelers looking to take these unique things to do in Mexico one step further by giving back to local communities, these five tours allow you to do just that.

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1. Join An Art Or Culture Workshop

Cauce Ciudadano is a social enterprise empowering young people through training, economic opportunities, and by providing a safe, positive community. Through their center and workshops they are able to help teens stay away from organized crime. The workshops they offer — which include screen printing, rap, social circus, performing arts, and sports — are free to visitors; however, they do encourage you to bring something representative of your own culture. Cauce Ciudadano offers a great opportunity to learn a new skill or just spend an afternoon being creative while also giving back to the locals.

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2. Learn From Women Entrepreneurs

En Via is an organization located in Oaxaca that supports women in creating financial independence through their own businesses. You can take a tour through the outskirts of Oaxaca and visit several small businesses, ranging from weaving to culinary to floral skills, and interact with the ladies. The six-hour tour is one of the most unique things to do in Mexico, and offers a fantastic way to see a side of Oaxaca that most other travelers do not.

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3. Uncover Culture & Cuisine In La Mixteca

Organi-K offers a multi-day tour of the La Mixteca region outside Oaxaca. During the tour you’ll peek inside the daily life of locals — particularly female entreprenuers — while learning about the fragile ecosystems of the area. Organi-K also builds ecological stoves that use less wood and produce less smoke than traditional stoves, and you can help build these during the tour. For anyone looking for an in-depth look at the culture of the Mixteca region, this tour is a must.

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4. Learn Sustainable Glassblowing

Xaquixe is a social enterprise that is currently implementing sustainable glassblowing techniques. On this tour you’ll explore the facility and learn about the entire glassblowing process while talking with artists. Moreover, you’ll witness recycled bottles being turned into beautiful glassblown pieces! The tour ends with delicious samples of local mezcal.

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5. Journey Through Ruta del Sabor

Join Sierra Gordo on a two-day adventure through the Sierra Gordo mountains. During the trip you’ll visit stunning natural sites like Halfmoon Hill and the El Chuveje waterfall along with small towns like Cuatro Palos and Jalpan. The tour immerses you in the nature and culture along the Ruta del Sabor, as Sierra Gordo promotes ecological awareness and conservation among locals.

Whether you want to explore nature or learn a new skill, there is an immersive cultural opportunity waiting for you in Mexico.

What are your favorite responsible tourism-focused things to do in Mexico? Please share in the comments below! 


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Sky Fisher is a small-town country girl with a passion for travel. She has a love affair with Central America and currently calls Costa Rica home. Follow her adventures at Sky vs World.

1 Comment

  1. Hi Sky,

    Thanks for sharing this post! Are there any sustainable tourism activities near Tulum that you’re aware of? We’re visiting and would love to consider – your post has inspired us 🙂

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