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Latest review from one of our travelers!

Dear Joanne,

thank you so much for helping us put together a memorable trip!
We enjoyed traveling through Venezuela so much  we will go back again soon.
I will get back to you with answers to your questions ASAP.
Best,

Carlo

Tour: Venezuela Active

Tour Date: Jul 06 – Jul 20, 2012

Destinations visited: Canaima National Park, Orinoco Delta, Los Llanos, Andean Region, Merida, Los Roques National Park

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Multigenerational travel

According to the Wall Street Journal article “Next: The New Retirement”, when it comes to vacations, the baby boomers new priority is “togetherness”.

“As the boomers head into retirement, they’ve got the time and money to indulge their desire to travel—and they’re choosing to take those trips with their kids and grandkids. For most families, the goal is simple: to have fun  and see this as an investment in creating memories. So the trips can get elaborate, everything from safaris in Africa to hikes along the Great Wall in China to tours of castles in Europe. Especially popular are cruises, resorts and tours with all-inclusive prices, children’s programs and the flexibility to do things together as well as apart. Some tour companies even have units that cater exclusively to families and multigenerational groups. Because these trips require coordinating disparate schedules, preferences and budgets, planning ahead is key.”

Author: Ms. Tergesen is a Wall Street Journal staff reporter in New York.

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The Wayuu Culture

An interesting article in the Universal newspaper of Venezuela about the Wayuu’s cuisine- one of the largest indigenous population of Colombia and Venezuela (in spanish) http://www.eluniversal.com/guia-turistica/120701/la-guajira

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Views from Venezuela: The San Juan Festival in Curiepe

Fiesta de San Juan

Fiesta de San Juan

The Festival of San Juan began yesterday in the Venezuelan town of Curiepe, Venezuela in the northeastern state of Miranda, popularly known as Barlevento.  Popular festivals in Venezuelaare a traditional form of expression through which barrio residents take the public square and surrounding blocks as a community emphasizing their common history in resistance against the slavery and oppression that brought them to the Americas.   The festivals represent a combination of African traditions and colonial Catholicism initiated and mediated through African drumming and dancing announced by a shell horn across the town. The traditional dances and drums at the festival dates to the times of slavery when slaves were given three days off at Solstice. Our intent to observe the festivals here in Venezuela is grounded in our experiences using ethnography and phenomenological methods of research as a form of resistance to non-European research modes. Read more

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The Condor Walk

The Condor Walk

The mighty condor, symbol of the Andes and the land bird with the larger wingspan (about 3 m or 10 ft) in the entire planet, proudly protects from the heights those places Timotes Indians traveled since ancient times. These are the same places that today surround the picturesque Merida, a university campus with a pleasant climate, surrounded by snowy peaks and the sober exuberance of the Andean Paramo. Few places on Earth offer this combination of tradition, hospitality and adventure you will find in Merida. Let the condor guide your steps toward adventure!

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