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Posts Tagged ‘indigenous culture’

Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 23 March 2014

Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. The best point of departure is Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché.

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Colombia’s Call: From a Lost City to the Amazon with Mambe Travel

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 10 November 2013

Once a place travellers were advised to avoid, Colombia no longer suffers from the ill effects of powerful drug cartels at war with one another and the government. It is now a place attracting ever larger crowds, drawn in by its world-class natural and cultural attractions. Here are just two of them, as well as the kind of community-conscious tour operator that will help you make the most of your stay.

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SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Responsible Travel in Peru

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 September 2013

The Travel Word caught up with Nicholas Stanziano to talk about Peru, travel in Peru and SA Luxury Expeditions reviews of how tourism can support the burgeoning middle classes in urban Peru.

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Community-Based Ecotourism, the Good-Living Tourist Model: An Interview with Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Travel

  • The Travel Word
  • 26 August 2013

Felipe Zalamea is the London-based brain and brawn behind Sumak Sustainable Travel, a tour operator specialising in community-based ecotourism and focusing on building bridges between local communities active in tourism and travellers interested in seeing a different side of the world. The Travel Word had a chat with him about the work he is doing to connect travellers to amazing off-the-beaten-track travel in Latin America.

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Indigenous and Community-Based Tourism in Bolivia

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 5 August 2013

Set in an Andean mountain valley, the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, is headquarters of a unique organisation known as the Bolivian Network of Community and Solidarity Based Tourism (the Spanish acronym is Tusoco). A product of grassroots peasant and indigenous community organisations, Tusoco is a thriving organisation with a new approach to sustainable and responsible tourism.

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Third Annual Indigenous Peoples Week: August 5 to 11, 2013

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 29 July 2013

Next week, The Travel Word once again honors the place of indigenous people in tourism by taking part in the third annual Indigenous Peoples Week. This year, the goal continues to be to raise awareness of indigenous tourism options for travelers and to improve digital literacy skills among the indigenous tourism providers themselves.

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Travel Safety in Peru: the Stories Behind the Headline

  • Matthew Barker
  • 28 February 2013

Few Latin American have transformed themselves into travel Meccas quite as completely and quickly as has Peru. But parts of Peru still remain thoroughly out of bounds for tourists. Travel safety in Peru means you need to tread lightly and appreciate the complexities of your host community.

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Off the Beaten Track: My Amazon Story

  • Juan Paredes Goicochea
  • 26 November 2012

The Amazon is one of those ‘must go’ places that ordinary people dream of and seasoned travellers brag about having visited. It is the ideal escape if you are looking for something exotic, adventurous, contrasting and genuine. And now I promote a local, responsible and sustainable approach to travel in the Amazon with a focus on authentic local experiences, nature-based activities and sustainable practices, all aligned with what I consider to be a basic yet meaningful travel philosophy – “it is all about the people.”

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Photo of the Week: A Chincheros Farmer in the Sacred Valley of Peru

  • Mary Moses
  • 23 November 2012

When in Peru, no visit to Cusco is complete without time in the nearby area of the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado). With Inca fortresses and ruins, bustling local markets, stunning countryside and small pueblos of indigenous communities, the Sacred Valley is just outside of Cusco, but feels worlds apart. This picture was taken during a visit to a local Chincheros community.

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Yunnan Ecotourism: A Short Hike to Explore the Fascinating Sights Beyond Lijiang City, China

  • Lily Zhang
  • 30 October 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve been outside the city of Lijiang (Yunnan, China) due to my work schedule. Wenhai village, where the local people still adhere to traditional culture and lifestyle, is located northwest of Lijiang city at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Mount Satseto), the highest mountain in Lijiang.

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