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Mariana Zapata

I specialize in sustainable tourism that approaches travel in a way that is respectful to people and nature. I love food, getting lost in new places, and learning different dances.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in the countries where I have lived for extended periods of time: Colombia (where I was born and raised), France, and South Korea. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been a traveler and spent the first five years after graduating college figuring out ways to move from country to country. I have lived in multiple cities in several countries across four continents, and have no plan to stop anytime soon. Now I write about travel for a living."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The random experiences are the ones that I remember the most: going to read in a park in Cali, Colombia and ending up drinking beer with new friends and dancing salsa in a parking lot food truck overlooking the city; finding a secret snorkel and dive spot in Jeju Island, South Korea; all the street food in Vietnam; getting lost and needing help from strangers in Paris; and all the small and empty roads I stumbled upon in Florence."

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Map of How to Get from Cartagena to Minca
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