The series centers around Dora, an American girl of Indigenous Mexican heritage, which has a passion for beginning quests in connection with an action that they really wants to partake of or even a place which she would like to go to, associated with her talking purple backpack and anthropomorphic monkey companion named Boots (named for his beloved set of red boots). Each episode is predicated around a number of cyclical events that occur on the way during Dora's travels, together with obstacles she and Boots are forced to overcome or puzzles that they have to solve (with "assistance" from the viewing audience) associated with riddles, the Spanish language, or counting. Common rituals may involve Dora's encounters with Swiper, a bipedal, anthropomorphic masked thieving fox who steals the possessions of others has to be prevented through fourth wall-breaking interaction with all the viewer. To stop Swiper, Dora must say "Swiper no swiping" thrice. However, occasionally where Swiper steals the belongings of others, the viewer is assigned task of helping Boots and Dora locate the stolen items. Another obstacle involves encounters with another one with the program's antagonists; the "Grumpy Old Troll" dwelling beneath a bridge that Dora and Boots must cross, who challenges them with a riddle before permitting them earlier times which needs to be solved with the viewer's help. Recognized for the ceaseless breaking in the fourth-wall depicted in most episode, the viewers is generally presented to two primary landmarks that must definitely be passed before Dora can reach her destination, normally being challenged with games or puzzles along the way. The episode always ends with Dora successfully reaching the locale, singing the "We Did It!" song with Boots in triumph.
On numerous occasions, television specials have been aired to the series in which the usual events of regular episodes are altered, threatened, or replaced. Usually said specials will show Dora which has a bigger, more whimsical adventure than usual or with a magical task that really must be fulfilled, or maybe even provide a series of different adventures for Boots and Dora to visit through. They could be assigned an unusual, trial (like assisting Swiper in their attempts to be erased from Santa Claus's Naughty List) that normally isn't featured in average episodes, or challenge Dora which has a goal that really must be achieved (like the emancipation of your trapped mermaid). Sometimes, the specials have involved the debut of new characters, such as the birth of Dora's superpowered twin baby siblings as well as the introduction with the enchanted anthropomorphic stars that accompanies Dora on many of her quests.