Crooked Trails - Top Stories

Take the TAP Pledge

By Erika Klimecky By now you’ve probably seen the mountains of plastic waste that accumulates in less-developed countries when travelers use bottled water instead of coming prepared to clean their own. One of our eco-friendly travel projects is not about just a single country or location, but the whole planet…

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Discover Remote Inca Ruins on Foot… But For How Long?

CHOQUEQUIRAO: THE CRADLE OF THE GODS By Tammy Leland I stopped dead in my tracks as Choquequirao first came into view across the vast Andean Valley.  It sat looming above the fog like some hidden Shangri-la and I swear it emanated a golden hue like the lost and mystical golden…

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3 Summits for Nepal Fundraiser a Success Despite Mother Nature’s Curveballs

By Pam Perry The 9th annual 3 Summits charity climbs of Mount Baker and Mount Rainier were once again a big success! Crooked Trails partners with this fundraising event to help build vitally important schools in rural Nepali villages. More than $16,000 was raised and this year the funds will…

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"My experience traveling with Crooked Trails affected me deeply and continues to be present with me in my daily life."

- Jane P.

Crooked Trails - Sustainable Travel Tips

Crooked Trails Listed in Adventures Less Ordinary

A new guide is coming out in January for eveyone who loves cultural travel. It’s called Adventures Less Ordinary, How to Travel and Do Good. Among the wonderful resources and information inside, there are three bits of great news about it: 1) It’s free! 2) It combines the expertise of two…

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An Update on the TAP Campaign

By Chris Mackay Our Travelers Against Plastic campaign (TAP) had a great jump in support when I presented the campaign against plastic water bottles at The International Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kenya in September. I was overwhelmed by the positive response which, summed up in a nutshell was,…

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TAP: Travelers Against Plastic Launches on World Water Day Friday, March 22nd

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AND HELP US CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE TRAVEL! No traveler wants to leave a trail of plastic water bottles behind them, but many don’t know how to avoid it. Crooked Trails is proud to spearhead the TAP Campaign to spread awareness about the impacts of disposable plastic…

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"I chose Crooked Trails because they are committed to culturally and environmentally sensitive travel."

- Loralee

Crooked Trails - Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Free Country Women’s Shale Softshell Jacket

STYLE THAT GOES A LONG WAY! by Tammy Leland I have been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life.  It all began in the early 70′s hiking and skiing with Dad in the Rocky Mountains. With a family of 6, we had no special gear for the outdoors. It was wool…

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Gear Review: The Hoo-rag

by Angela Dollar A little while back the folks at Hoo-rag asked us if we’d like to test-drive their product. What is a Hoo-rag? you may be asking. If you’ve ever watched the show Survivor, and have seen the color-coded “buffs” each player wears, it’s essentially the same thing. It’s…

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Gear Review: Chaco Sandals

By Angela Dollar Back in the 1900′s (okay, the 1990′s to be a bit more specific) it was all about the Tevas. If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember when Tevas first hit the market and people went nutso for these, the Grandaddy of All Sports Sandals. Never…

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"I appreciated all the information and checklists that Crooked Trails provided to prepare me very well for this trip."

- Monica B.

Crooked Trails - Travel News

Discover Remote Inca Ruins on Foot… But For How Long?

CHOQUEQUIRAO: THE CRADLE OF THE GODS By Tammy Leland I stopped dead in my tracks as Choquequirao first came into view across the vast Andean Valley.  It sat looming above the fog like some hidden Shangri-la and I swear it emanated a golden hue like the lost and mystical golden…

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Tapping our Ecotourism Ties in Kenya

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Chris Mackay Crooked Trails will attend The International Ecotourism Society’s (TIES) conference on sustainable tourism to talk about the Travelers Against Plastic campaign (TAP). Wow, that was a mouthful eh? So, what is it? TIES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990,…

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Discover the Joys of Community-based Travel

          Want to really connect with the heart and soul of a place? At Crooked Trails, we believe community-based travel is the key. It allows you to get to know real people by living, working and playing alongside them, and experiencing new places through the eyes…

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"We had opportunities to meet people and see things that no other traveling group would ever have had the chance to do."

- Lindsay