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Oxlajuj B’atz’ Maya Women’s Center: Hands-on Cultural Tours in the Heart of Guatemala

  • Oxlajuj B'atz'
  • 6 August 2012

Oxlajuj B’atz’ (OB) – meaning “Thirteen Threads” in the Maya Kaqchikel language – is a non-profit organization in Guatemala supporting indigenous women’s empowerment and education. OB offers travelers the opportunity to tour rural Guatemala and to learn about Mayan women achieving economic independence through innovative and sustainable development projects.

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When Cooking Becomes an Experience… in Burkina Faso

  • Polona Vida Čeligoj
  • 8 June 2012

Kafuli – which in the local Dioula language means ‘a gathering of different people’ – is a local grassroots organisation in Burkina Faso running a variety of projects, from foster parenting to programs in education, fair-trade agriculture and responsible tourism. Yes, you heard right – it’s small but it actually runs all of these projects.

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Ethnology Museum in Laos Helps Travellers Understand Local Ethnic Groups

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 5 August 2011

Living in the remote mountains around Luang Namtha in northern Laos, the country’s most traditional ethnic groups have for centuries cultivated rice and inhabited small rural villages. These tribes, however, are at a crossroads between traditional ways of life and the forces of modernity and tourism. In response, the Traditional Arts and Ethnography Centre (TAEC) provides information to travellers about Laos’ diversity of cultures and ethnic groups.

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Maori Culture and Natural Warmth in Whakarewarewa Village, New Zealand

  • Raumati Wikaire
  • 4 August 2011

Whakarewarewa Village is a living Maori village located in the thermal region of Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand. Its doors have been open to tourists since more than a century ago when an 1886 volcanic eruption destroyed the historic pink and white terraces at Lake Tarawera, New Zealand’s first tourist attraction. Whakarewarewa Village today is inhabited by 25 families who go about their daily lives but allow visitors to move amongst them and learn about their customs and culture.

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The Indigenous Rungus Tribes of Northern Borneo, Malaysia

  • Mika Santos
  • 3 August 2011

Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) focuses on the sustainable development of Borneo’s local communities, utilising the benefits of tourism to provide opportunities for employment and income. On a cultural safari tour to North Borneo, for example, travellers are brought to the heart of an indigenous Rungus village, where they can stay in a longhouse with a family for a night and truly immerse themselves in the fascinating culture.

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Chamula, Mexico: A Step Back in Time with the Tzotzil Indigenous People

  • Heather Rath
  • 28 July 2011

An elderly woman wearing traditional dress accosts me as I focus my camera on the exterior of the church. She wags her bony finger at me and ominously hisses “No…no…no….” She unnerves me so much I quickly hide my camera. We are near San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, in a town called Chamula, where the indigenous Tzotzil people earnestly protect their society and way of life.

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The Inside Word on… Xieng Khouang, Laos

  • Andreas Hofmann
  • 26 May 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, 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 neck of the woods. This month, we’re in the loop with Andreas Hofmann in Xieng Khouang, Laos.

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The Local Arts of Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 18 January 2011

Long known as one of Southeast Asia’s most visually stunning cities, Luang Prabang, Laos, is replete with uncommonly beautiful sights. Now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and must-see destination for anyone fascinated by the remarkable ancient culture of Laos, the city remains largely protected from the stresses of mass tourism, awaiting visitors with spectacular sunsets along the Mekong and morning processions of saffron-clad monks receiving their daily alms.

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