In much of Southern Columbia, the tourist infrastructure is still lacking as far as tour operators are concerned. In the cities, most agencies deal in selling airline tour packages to prime destinations like Cartagena. They also book flights, if spending up to a full day on land transportation is not quite appealing to you.
SENAâ€”Servicio Nacional de Aprendizajeâ€”is training guides in such places as PopayĂˇn in anticipation of growing tourism. Parque Nacional PuracĂ© ActivitiesParque Nacional Natural PuracĂ© is working with the resguardos indĂgenas (indigenous communities) within the park boundaries to provide guiding services there. This provides jobs for the local community, so it does not have to rely on illegal hunting and logging to make a living.
As San AgustĂn has long been a tourist destination, it has dozens of independent guides (few of whom are certified) and now several tourist operator offices.
Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...