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Base of operations: Venezuela -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: New partner
M21390 is a travel and tourist agency created in 2004 by the Programa Andes Tropicales (PAT), a non profit organization that designs and carries out community based tourism development projects in the Andean countries.

M21390 stems from the need to support the promotion and commercialization of the tourist products offered by small community businesses from high potential but little known destinations. With its own travel agency, the Programa Andes Tropicales (PAT) set out to overcome one of the main development barriers to community based tourism such as the access of products and services to markets or final consumers.

Our agency looks to support community tourism at the regional level only if they fulfill the criteria that guarantee tangible benefits to the autochthonous families and their natural and cultural patrimony.
Questions and Answers
Ekkaia, a life experience, we offer routes that permit arriving at scenes of great beauty, led by experienced local guides, met by families from the area.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Together with our beneficiaries and suppliers, we have organized trips for more than 9 years, with excellent results of satisfaction and appreciation valued by the visitors.

2. What is your company's mission?

Ekkaia’s fundamental motivation is to support the promotion and commercialization of products offered directly by the community. This way there are productive sustainable alternatives that guarantee improvement in the quality of life for the autochthonous population as well as the conservation of its cultural and natural patrimony. Part of M21390’s mission is to open up spaces for respectful and constructive encounters between cultures through trips and responsible tourism and assessment of the authenticity.

3. What does your company specialize in?

We offer a network of paths designed for excursionists and nature lovers, who go along ancestral roadways that unite villages and population centers. Along these roadways, travelers can rest and “lodge” in the homes of families prepared to receive you adequately. These houses, which have begun to be called Mucuposadas by the beneficiaries of PAT (“Mucu” is an Indian voice that means “place of”) have been consolidated for 10 years as a brand for lodging and are organized in networks that attend tourist’s needs along the Inn Roads. In some cases, when there are no Mucuposadas on the way, local guides set up tents.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Ekkaia is a travel and tourist agency created in 2004 by the Programa Andes Tropicales, a non profit organization that designs and carries out community based tourism development projects in the Andean countries.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Through Ekkaia organized communities offer not only a trip but a life experience in which the visitor, as well as the host, receive mutual benefits, not only material but also philosophical. Each one of our trips looks to: • Provide our travelers with alternative authentic and respectful encounters with local cultures. Insure that communities receive tangible benefits through our clients’ visits. • Protect and conserve the natural environment and cultural heritage of the local populations. • Guarantee our travelers’ respect for the way of life of the local communities, through timely and complete information, as well as a meticulous selection of market niches apt for this type of product. • Provide information about our work as an incentive and support for sustainable development. • Guarantee the monitoring and accompanying the community development process after the projects are concluded.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

This is one of our favorites: The co-ordination lies in the hands of Ekkaia and Programa Andes Tropicales, a non-profit organization typically for this kind of projects. They did a marvelous job in few years to structure this program and to transform these people from farmers to qualified hosts. We congratulate them for these achievements and we are very grateful that thanks to Ekkaia and Programa Andes Tropicales we could realize and enjoy this adventurous and splendid trekking ! Paul & Frieda Meuleman Belgium / Europe

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M21390
Picture Name Highlight Activity Price Destination

Crossing the Venezuelan Andes Crossing the Venezuelan Andes

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Each travel day is a unique experience in the Andean tropical mountains, where nature, climate, culture, history and people surprise you at each stage.

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Tour Package
Hiking & Trekking
Ecotourism
USD 500 Venezuela

The Great Arekuna Journey The Great Arekuna Journey 10% off.

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The Great Arekuna Journey permits us to travel all the Karuay and Mowak River area to end with a trek from Kusërakparü to Kavanayen.

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Tour Package
Hiking & Trekking
Multi-activity
USD 70 Venezuela
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 1  Paul & Frieda Meuleman Cruce de Los Andes Venezolanos 2013-02-03
Here is still a unique place on earth with the combination of adventure amidst an overwhelming nature, breathtaking views, warmhearted people and all this in a ... view more secure environment ! This place is called the Andes of Venezuela ! We spent 10 days of trekking along the old Indian trails, walking or riding from farm to farm ( called “mucoposada” ). This trip will remain one of the highlights of our travel experiences all over the world . We were welcomed by the local hosts with a lot of consideration and natural friendliness. Their fresh-cooked food is outstanding , taking into account the difficult circumstances of their living . The daytrips ( by foot or on the horse ) are rather heavy and shouldn’t be underestimated. So some training before the trekking seems advisable , if not necessary. But what you receive for your efforts will remain forever in your heart and mind . The tropical forest in all his wild splendor, the colorful birds, the amazing plants on the different altitudes, the crossing of mountain passes at nearly 5.000 meter! The support by the guides ( “baquianos”) lets you enjoy the trek without the usual daily trouble of food, beverages , tent camp and so on ; and although that any adventurous trekking has some risks , the care of the baquianos limits these to a minimum . Also the financial part of the trip turned out to be excellent , the quality/price ratio is extra-ordinary high . This kind of service level is invaluable in Europe or North-America ! The co-ordination lies in the hands of ANDES TROPICALES , a non-profit organization typically for this kind of projects . They did a marvelous job in few years to structure this program and to transform these people from farmers to qualified hosts . We congratulate them for these achievements and we are very grateful that thanks to Andes Tropicales we could realize and enjoy this adventurous and splendid trekking !

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