Indigenous peoples

ethnic group descended from and identified with the original inhabitants of a given region

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Anniina Sandberg
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    Visit Natives is a travel agency whose mission is to do good and preserve indigenous cultures through small-scale sustainable tourism.We make travel with passion and respect. We believe in fair tourism where nature and indigenous people are respected. From every stay booked with us, the local indigenous families and community benefit the most. Our aim is to preserve indigenous cultures through small-scale tourism where travelers visit local families and villages.
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    Marianne Costa
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      Vivejar is a social enterprise that helps create a positive impact. We believe companies have the capacity to positively shift and transform the world into a better place.In our case we do it through transformative travel. The purpose of our work is: To improve every community we work with; To encourage every person who travels with us to think about their role in the world; To provide an alternative source of income to the communities we work with as well as support communities and visitors in their search for positive transformation. As a consequence, the world becomes a better place.
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      Agusto Moran
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        Agusto Moran and Maria Ayla Angel are a couple from the Ticuna community of San Martin. Doña Maria is an ambassador for the community and has workedclosely with the National Park to begin projects that aim to benefit the community as a whole. Also a community leader she has worked and continues to work in order to find ways to strengthen San Martin on a long term basis. A fisherman, carpenter and artisan, Don Agusto has an ample skill set that reflects his traditional and practical knowledge of the Amazon. Well versed in the rich stories and culture of the Tikuna people, entire evenings ca
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        Callan Emery
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          I take visitors to Cape Town on guided, private off-the-beaten-path day trips. I’m a journalist, photographer and tour guide.The prehistoric San bushman rock art (cave painting) exploration trip to the Cederberg mountains outside Cape Town is a unique adventure as it takes in a hike in the African wilderness as well as art, archaeology and cultural history. You’ll get to see and experience this ancient art in the place it was painted thousands of years ago, learn about early man – our human origins – and hike through pristine African wilderness to access the painted rock shelters.
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          Tierra del Volcan Ecuador
          • Ecuador
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          We are Tierra del Volcan, a company established in 1999 as an inbound tour operator for Ecuador and the Galapagos and specialized in the Cotopaxi area.We offer unique opportunities to explore and live legendary moments in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Tierra del Volcan provides World-class adventures, family-focused journeys, and transformational experiences. We make sure you get personalized service in a welcoming environment while helping nature conservation and sustainable development in local communities.
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          Stephanie Ackland
          • Morocco
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          Stephanie is a journalist and travel organiser living in Morocco. She is based in the desert town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, doorway to the Sahara,where she has developed a deep connection to this formidable place, its landscapes, people and tempo. Together with Brahim Laghrissi, local Bedouin, born in the desert and a team of native guides, she shares this passion with international visitors, organising desert experiences, giving insights into nomadic life and Saharian culture and exploring the Sahara's amazing landscapes.
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          Sigurdur 'Siggy' Jonsson
          • Greenland
          • Iceland
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          Sigurdur “Siggi” Jonsson has been immersed in the mountains and oceans around his native Ísafjörður all his life.He is a Naval Architect and Ocean Yachtmaster and has been skippering Aurora since 2006 and Arktika since 2016. His work and play has taken him all over the world – from skiing in Canada and climbing in the Alps, to kayaking in Greenland and sailing in Antarctica. His passion for the lands and cultures of the Arctic and North Atlantic is second only to his enthusiasm about sharing them with new friends.
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          Andaman Discoveries
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            Andaman Discoveries provided Regenerative Journeys, Feel good, Feel Connected, get healed, give something back and experience nature authentic Thai,volunteering, study trips and also regional tours in Thailand, which have created numerous employment opportunities through village homestay, handicraft production and guiding. Mandatory contribution to the community fund from guests provides financial support to run village-wide projects. Our programs accrue value to the whole village by giving 50% of profit to the NAN Foundation to supporting our local communities and on going projects.
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            Robert Thompson
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              Collin Stewart
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                Amaru Bolivia, based out of Cochabamba, Bolivia, provides authentic experiences through sustainable relationships with local communities in Bolivia and neighboring countries.For examples, travelers can canoe to the community of Mapajo deep in the Amazon, and join the Mosetén tribe as they gather medicinal plants in the forests or fish the rivers as they have for centuries. Or visitors can turn quinoa farmers and llama herders for a day (or longer) with a local Quechua family amid the salt flats, smoking volcanoes and geysers of southern Potosí.
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                Natalie Nicklett
                • USA
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                Wild Abundance offers classes and consultations in off-grid living, organic gardening, natural building, permaculture, primitive skills,and eco-homesteading in a community setting on a real, functioning and breathtaking homestead. Our instructors and consultants bring deep knowledge, vast experience and unbridled passion to make learning and reconnecting a joy.
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                Ashley Blake
                • Ecuador
                • Jordan
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                Traverse Journeys provides organized travel opportunities powered by social enterprises, community partners and impact-minded venturers.Our mission is to cultivate transformative experiences to unique destinations across the globe, fostering cross-cultural appreciation, environmental awareness and responsible tourism. We offer small group trips to 20+ destinations infusing people, planet and purpose into each experience, ranging from adventure, hiking, yoga, cultural and culinary itineraries 6-12 days in length.
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