Who we Are

The Cabrera-Arroyo Family

  • emilia


  • rene


    Certified Tour Guide
  • pilar


    Chef and Manager La Olla
  • adriana



Our History

  • Thirty five years ago the Cabrera-Arroyo family, consisting of René, a lawyer, Emilia, a nurse, and their six children, moved into this house. In 1988 the family began renting just one room to American students. Four years later, René became ill with leukemia and died shortly after. Emilia, now alone, decided to turn her home into a guest house. Everyone would work at the house while attending school. Almost all of her children took a turn running Casa de las Bugambilias.

    The oldest daughters, Pilar and Aurora, left home to continue their studies outside of Oaxaca, while René, Claudia, Ita and Jorge, under the guidance of their mother, continued working at the guest house, temazcal and cooking classes. Later on, Aurora, Ita and Claudia met their husbands-to-be who were staying at the house as guests and had come to learn Spanish. When Aurora, Ita and Claudia finished college, they married and relocated to the United States. Pilar returned from Mexico City where she had studied Food Engineering, and opened La Olla Restaurant where she is now chef and teaches cooking classes. In the year 2000 the decision was made to change the guest house into an official bed and breakfast. The business expanded with the construction of another bed and breakfast, Casa de los Milagros, which opened its doors to the public in 2002 under the management of René and Adriana, his wife.

    In 2003, after living in the U.S. for 15 years, the Dawson-Cabrera family, consisting of Aurora and Don, came back to manage Las Bugambilias which took on a fresh new face reflecting the Dawson-Cabreras’ interest in the arts and culture and their commitment to apply that to every detail of the bed and breakfast.

  • In August of 2010, the family returned to the U.S. and now Las Bugambilias is under the management of Adriana and René.

    The newest project of the Cabrera family is the opening of another bed and breakfast, El Secreto, which has four bedrooms in the best location in Oaxaca, opposite the Botanical Gardens and near many other attractions. It is intimate, warm and in good taste. Every morning one can enjoy a delicious, fresh, and healthy breakfast created by Emilia and her staff. In addition, one may have a relaxing traditional massage.

    Casa de las Bugambilias, Casa de los Milagros, and El Secreto would like for you to let this Oaxacan family, now numbering 21 with half living in the U.S. and half in Oaxaca, serve you with their welcoming warmth.

    Bugambilias will continue to be a 100% Oaxacan family business and even though its roots have expanded throughout the United States, it will continue with its authenticity and desire to cater to the needs of everyone who walks through their doors. We appreciate your visit and we hope that with your help this business will remain for many years to come.

    This story is not over; come let us share it with you.