Transformational Exchanges

Today I want to Story Travelling to the 29th of May 2019, when the marketing campaign Community-Based Tourism in Brazil was launched. PRESENTATION I wish this could have been a national campaign led by the Minister of Tourism, but it was not, and not because of the lack of professionalism or creativity. In fact, this…

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Lessons from the Circle: Reflections on the Brazilian CBT.

In these days of forced isolation, the things I miss the most from my travel experiences now come to the surface of my consciousness through memories and images. There are many memories, however amongts all of them one dominates strongly. This memory is linked to an image, which tells my story of falling in love…

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Outside the Map, Inside the Hearts (Part 2) – A Traveller’s Journal

After exploring Plataforma community, the second part of the Welcome Tour took us to Itapagipe peninsula, a not far area of north-western suburban Salvador, known as Alagados. Uruguai welcomes us with a warm hug in the midst of where there was once a landfill. Smiles surround us as we stepped down from the van in…

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Outside the Map, Inside the Hearts (Part 1) – A Traveller’s Journal

On a tropical day in March 2018, I was invited to a Welcome Tour. It was organised for the attendees of the II Global Sustainable Tourism Forum, the international Community-Based Tourism event we have organised during the World Social Forum in Salvador, that year. That was a treat for us, before the event -and the…

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The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

This is a story of a hidden valley in the invisible universe of the Brazilian traditional communities. But this is also the story of brave women empowered by their own culinary culture. A bit of context In the Ribeira Valley -an area of more than ten million square miles- live 88 Quilombolas communities, direct descendants…

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The letting-go sigh

It doesn’t matter how many are the times that I’ve been in this situation -and there certainly have been a lot of these since I was born. Each time that a train leaves its platform at the station, I can’t help but feel a deep overwhelming sense of lightness that takes all over me, throughout….

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Fighting with art for their independence

Article originally published on Equality in Tourism‘s Blog on 10 October 2018. The Jequitinhonha Valley (in Minas Gerais, Brazil), once a prosperous region whose economy was driven by the gold mines, today is one of the poorest areas in Brazil. Poor only from an economic perspective – very rich in culture and humanity. The inhabitants…

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Slum Tourism: is it ethical?

This interview was originally published on Travindy on 1 April 2018 (New pictures were included in this version) Slum Tourism: is it ethical? It is difficult to find someone that can answer this question from both a professional and an academic background. However, Tamara Ramos finds the perfect fit: Elisa Spampinato. She has studied Anthropology…

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