Colombia highlights tour

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Accessible Tourism overview:
For us it is important to assist and help where we can with travelers that need special assistance. All our trips can be tailor made, allowing us to adjust the trips specifically to the individual. This is also dependant on the budget available.
Limited mobility:
We have already worked with several clients with limited mobility - we have organised for clients to travel via rental cars with private drivers for example. Before the trip we will contact the individual and find out what part of our trip needs to be adapted, this will also allow us to brief the local guides so they can focus on the particular needs of the traveler. Different day excursions can be provided when the activities do not suit the travelers' particular needs.
Wheelchair:
We have worked with several clients that have been wheelchair bound, this has previously involved sorting out suitable travel, such as private taxi transfers, drivers and guides. We can discuss with the traveler beforehand exactly how the trip needs to be adapted. Extra activities can be provided instead if a suggested one isn't suitable for example. Travelers with a wheelchair will need to be accompanied on the trip.
Blind or Limited vision:
Information in braille is not available in Latin American destinations which means all the information will be delivered verbally. We can provide a host to take care of the travelers depending of budget. We have already guided a person with limited vision, so we know how to deal with the challenges. Local guides are trained and can be briefed on the specific needs of each traveler. Programmes can also be adapted for ease of travel. Travelers with severe vision impairments should be accompanied.
Deaf or limited hearing:
All information before the trip starts will be provided in a written format. Lip reading will be essential for understanding the local guides explanations. The traveler will also have to be accompanied by someone who will be able to sign the translations. A special host can be provided, but this can in dependent on budget. While not all our guides are trained in sign language, they have access to computer tablets for communication if necessary. We have guided a deaf person before, so we know the challenges involved.
'Free from' food:
Diet requests are communicated to all local operators involved that are included in the program and it should not be a problem to accommodate most.
LGBT:
We have not encountered any issues directed towards the LGBT community on our trips and believe that the countries that we travel in are welcoming and open to all travelers.
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Responsible tourism

Colombia highlights tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Local providers make use of locally grown and produced food (with lower food miles) on the offered journeys where possible. We are offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods when requested and available (which reduce CO2 emissions). We reduce transport emissions by offering activities as daywalks, multiple trekking programmes, biking and horseback riding. Latinamerica Journeys offers walking vacations with an interesting blend of nature experience with cultural activities, bicycle vacations & full horseback riding journeys in the Andes. We make use of solar energy on the trekkings, and horseback riding journeys. Travelers are stimulated to use solar energy as well wherever it applies on outdoor travels. Staff & guides are locally contracted to reduce international travel. The staff in office, your private driver-guide and your tourguides for escorted grouptravels they love healthy vegetarian foods, they love the planet and participate in reducing CO2 emissions.

Environment

This 17 day program, modules and all tailor made itineries are offered by Colombia’s best tailor made operator who are guides themselves on special nature trips and take care of Colombia’s natural reserves. When staying in nature we use eco-friendly hacienda’s and local families that respect nature. We stay for instance in an eco friendly beachhotel near the NP Tayrona. This ecohotel has been constructed in harmony with nature over a period of 40 years together with the Indigeneous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The owners lived more then half a lifetime in the mountains among the local communities and learned how to grow their own crops and cotton, how to make use of local medicinal plants and to construct according to the indigeneous architecture. When we visit National Parks or reserves a part of the income contributes to preserve wildlife and flora and gives income to local guides and families. We offer visits to the private reserve Hato la Aurora which is a reserve owned and preserved by a local family and which is an exception in Colombia. With your visit we make an example to other Colombian farmers and the government that ecotourism can provide a way of living together with preservation of wildlife and stimulate more local particular initiatives to be taken off from the ground. All local guides on your excursions are well trained to take care of you and the natural surroundings, besides giving you all information. Group trips will be guided by a Latin American expert on nature and culture with certification for Tourleaders on European level and University degree.

Community

All suppliers are small and local Colombian owners, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution to its people and country that has started to make improvements in infrastructure and social reforms. We treat our suppliers fairly and with respect, they are an important key to a great vacation which is our success when we succeed. Working together with our Colombian partner is an ongoing relationship and our shared affection for this marvellous country benefits everyone involved. When local tribes are visited this all done with the highest respect for local traditions and the people in such way that all parties involved have a learning and inspirational experience. In this itinery we show two occasions in which you can learn about a social project with children at Medellin & Cartagena. If you are more interested this can be extended of course with more possibilities. In Cali for instance we organize on request a salsa show in the hotel with professional salsa dancers and children from poor neighborhoods who participate in salsa concours to try to create a better future (the money we pay for this salsa show is donated directly to these children and their families). Our Colombian partner offers also special programs for foreign parents who adopted children from Colombia (in former times) to bring the now grown up children in contact again with their Colombian roots and biological families if the children wish so. In some cases the families will have to be sought as all contact has been lost. At last but not at least we offer homestays / B&B throughout Colombia of Spanish speaking families, is an authentic Colombian experience in which you directly support these families. Traveling through Colombia will be an enriching experience and it won’t stay with only one travel.

This operator empowers a womens coffee cooperation and NGO in the Andes of Venezuela. Their vision is to provide solidarity to the entire coffee community in the area, striving to improve the quality of the life of children and families of the coffee communities. With this vacation and all our tailor made travels in Latin America you support local families on your destination of travel and you make it for us possible to support mothers and children in the Andes of Venezuela through this cooperation and NGO. Through their different programs the cooperative aspire to offer training technique in administration, management, accounting, among others and offer scholarships to students and subsidies to primary schools in rural coffee communities, as well as inspire to new forms of community economic organization.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It is difficult to pick out one memorable part, but we enjoyed the archaeological park at San Agustín, Cartagena and the Salento in the coffee region most.
Barichara is also very nice for a visit.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We were looking for a vacation that went somewhere other than the usual tourist route of Bogotá, the coffee region and Cartagena. Marcel put together a tour that included Villa de Leyva and Barichara (charming colonial towns north of Bogotá), the archaeological site at San
Agustín which predates Columbus, and the Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean Coast plus Bogotá, the coffee region and Cartagena. We travelled
alone, but had guides in each place we visited and were transported in cars/taxis when needed. We were in Colombia in total for 17 nights. Some spoken
Spanish is useful when traveling in this way as many taxi drivers and hotel staff have minimal English.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


At each town we visited, we stayed in small local hotels and had local guides to take us round. By virtue of the size of the country, some flights were necessary
to reach the far south and the Caribbean coast. We saw few other British people on our travels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was an interesting vacation. Having several different guides gave us the opportunity to ask each one about the country today, giving us an insight into the
country that we may not have got in an organised group

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