May 11, 2017 | TravelLocal
These local experts are directly connected to individuals in their respective countries – people with a huge variety of occupations. TravelLocal gives travellers the chance not only to meet these people, but also to gain an insight into (and learn) their trades, thereby really engaging in a different culture, rather than merely observing from afar.
Here are four ‘Meet the Locals’ sample itineraries:
Ethiopia – meet a blacksmith, a baker and a brewer, from £1,950 pp
A trekking trip where you engage with remote village communities and become familiar with their cultural activities, including injera baking (East African sourdough-risen flatbread), beer-making, blacksmithing and hairdressing. From shopping in Africa’s largest open-air market in Addis Ababa and visiting the famous churches of Lalibela, to hiking through the Simien Mountains and staying in a traditional hut, this itinerary offers a real insight into communities and their customs.
Colombia – meet a street artist, a wool spinner and an agri-tourism granny, from £2,490
Led by a local bilingual graffiti artist, head into Bogotá’s hidden alleys to see the city’s incredible and straight-talking street murals. In Villa de Leyva, visit the underground Salt Cathedral and learn traditional wool-spinning techniques from local craftsmen. During the trip you’ll also head out into the beautiful countryside to meet a gregarious grandmother who’ll share her farming philosophy with you.
Ghana – meet a basket weaver, a fisherman and a fetish priest, from £1,140 pp
Immersion into village life – via rice, cacao, coffee and banana plantations, and rivers – is what this trip’s all about. You can learn to create colourful bead jewellery and a batik cloth (a typical Ghanaian method of cloth-making using dye and stamps); how to weave a basket, to fish, to farm and to cook. Alternatively, visit a fetish priest, a local figure who communicates between the living and the dead.
Nicaragua – meet a sawdust carpet layer, a tortilla cook and a marimba player, from £1,480 pp
Lifting the lid on the country’s spectacular scenery and fascinating culture, this trip is extremely diverse. Take a bike tour in Granada, dine with local families, make religious murals using multi-coloured sawdust, peer into an active volcano, assist in the creative process of tortilla-making, and learn to play a new instrument: the marimba.