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Founded in 1998, Crooked Trails is a non-profit travel organization working to transform tourism into a positive force in the world. We create custom-designed interactive journeys and support community development projects in partnership with local communities, NGOs and operators.
Our goal at Crooked Trails is to inspire travelers to get involved in the places they visit and to empower locals to take charge of tourism in their communities.
To get to meet people’s brothers and sisters and uncles within the course of our travel was completely unique. And to have Phuntso there translating, I really felt I got to have conversations with local people. One woman had never had a visitor in her home from outside of her community and she was so warm, so excited to talk to us ladies – she wished we could all speak the same language so that we could talk more openly.
We had a wonderful time and really appreciate Crooked Trails for working with us. We met people along the way doing similar things on their own and working out all the transfers was time consuming and difficult for them while we enjoyed wonderful guides and had no worries.
The children and parents we met in Umasbamba, a village at 13,000 feet into the Andes Mountains, gave me a refreshing perspective on what it means to be a community of families.
I miss hearing their voices in their native tongue of Swahili and Maa and in working hard to speak English. I miss their authentic smiles especially when I am working hard to speak Swahili or Maa. I really miss the laughter of an inside joke shared between us. It is in this moment that I truly understand at the core of my being that I’ve left behind a significant piece of my heart and soul in Kenya with the Maasai.
My Nicaragua experience was one of those rare times in life when the reality exceeded anticipations. Crooked Trails provided us with a really good taste of Ometepe life. The home stays were a rich experience of life in a small community, participation in the festivals, rituals and excitement of the San Diego celebrations gave us a feeling of being part of that community and our guide was there to remind us to be sensitive to the realities of their lives.
Traveling through Crooked Trails opened my eyes to what really being an active traveler means. For me it was a way to connect with the places and people in Peru and as I said I will never go back to passive traveling again. I can’t wait for my next Crooked Trails adventure!
I have traveled with Crooked Trails to Thailand, India and Peru. With each trip I returned to find my world view shifted. I have come to appreciate the richness and beauty of cultures which are vastly different from my own.
My recent Crooked Trails journey to Nepal was the perfect mix of cultural immersion, social justice and personal exploration.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, and leading to the most amazing view… where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.”
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