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Posts Tagged ‘Santa Marta’

May I Take a Picture of You?

  • Marcela Torres
  • 10 October 2012

Meeting people from other countries and cultures is part of the magic of traveling. We often encounter charming people that share their traditions with us and we can’t resist the temptation of capturing that moment with our photographic cameras. This enthusiastic impulse, however, may sometimes cause an unexpected negative reaction.

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What Is Experiential Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 11 June 2012

Today’s traveller seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favourite memories of it.

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Five Ecolodges to Plan Your Trip Around

  • André Franchini
  • 9 May 2012

What is ecotourism? To most people, it’s a confusing and only vaguely familiar term. Some ask “Does ecotourism mean staying in ecolodges?” Yes, it does, but that’s not all. Ecotourism is an approach to travel that embraces all the principles of responsible tourism, not just choice of accommodation. Still, if you’re new to eco-travel, ecolodges are a great place to start.

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Top Tropical Rainforest Adventures

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 7 May 2012

Visiting a rainforest is a unique nature experience. During the day, these unique biomes burst with a busy buzz and bright flashes of colour, while at night, the air comes alive with the shrieks and calls of the forest’s many nocturnal creatures. Amidst all this natural beauty, it’s important to tread lightly. Rainforests are home to an estimated 40 to 75 percent of all the world’s plants and animals, including many still just being discovered.

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Worth the Journey! Tayrona National Park, Colombia

  • Heather Rath
  • 4 April 2012

Today, Tayrona proudly displays its true nature as a safe environment for tourists. Since its elevation in status to a national park in 1969, this biodiversity area covering 12,000 hectares of land and 3,000 of sea has been growing in popularity. Within its territory are sandy beaches, dazzling blue/azure ocean waters, tropical dry jungle and a rainforest up to 900 metres in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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Meet the Best whl.travel Local Travel Experts of 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 27 January 2012

With a steady eye on identifying fun, interactive and ethical travel experiences, the whl.travel global online travel-booking network taps into and magnifies the excellence of local tourism experts who. Alone, these experts are local leaders, but united they have become a forceful global presence for the right kind of tourism, sharing with major markets all…

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Travel Chat with Fabiola Duerig, a Local Expert in Colombia

  • WHL Group
  • 25 November 2011

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. Today we talked to Fabiola Duerig of Las Pleyades Travel, the whl.travel local partner for travel in Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia, and the Green Path Transfers connection for private, responsible ground transportation on the Colombian coast.

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Travel the Colombia Coast the Green Way with Las Pleyades

  • Victoria Okoye
  • 30 May 2011

The alluring city of Santa Marta is located on Colombia’s northeastern coast. Affectionately named ‘the pearl of the Colombian Caribbean,’ Santa Marta’s backdrop is blessed by gorgeous natural scenery, a powerful draw to travellers. Key to preserving the area’s beauty for future generations is a strong environmental conscience, like the one exhibited by Las Pleyades, a local tourism company setting green trends with its eco-conscious transfer and ground transportation services.

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The Inside Word on… Santa Marta, Colombia

  • by Fabiola Duerig
  • 8 February 2011

Anyone who visits Santa Marta, Colombia, must visit Tayrona National Park, a natural paradise with some of the best beaches in the world, the mystical Lost City in the nearby mountains and the surrounding estuary mouths of rivers at the Caribbean Sea. It is also worthwhile to visit the small bays and towns nearby to interact with local people and to learn about their customs and culture. These are just some of the ideas revealed through the Inside Word, in which our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their necks of the woods.

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Photo of the Week: A Buritaca Sunset in Santa Marta, Colombia

  • Image by Carlos Martín, text by Fabiola Duerig, whl.travel local connection in Santa Marta
  • 13 December 2009

A Buritaca sunset is unique. Here, a local child basks in its glory while walking along the river of the same name that flows into the Caribbean Sea. Buritaca is located at the base of the northern foothills of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada, 50 minutes from Santa Marta. In recent years it has become a popular…

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