Step into a Completely Different Mexico

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Chris Mackay When I agreed to go trekking in Mexico’s Sierra Norte with CT guide Robin Anderson, I had an image of desert-like landscapes with rocky outcrops and scattered impoverished villages. Nothing could have been further from the reality of this hidden high-altitude gem. We went…

Category: From the field | Posted On: Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Laying the Foundation for a Women’s Coffee House Against a Stunning Backdrop in Cameroon

Ancient Tropical Rainforests, Highland Coffee and Beachside BBQs By Tammy Leland, Crooked Trails Co-founder Welcome to the Republic of Cameroon, often referred to as “Africa in Miniature”; one of the most culturally diverse African countries, a mosaic of white sand beaches, active volcanoes, ancient rainforests and endless African wildlife! Meet…

Category: Africa | Posted On: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

One Family’s Experience on a Journey of Discovery and Service in Rural Nepal

Jay Waltmunson recently travelled with his wife Kymber, and his young daughter Beija to Nepal with Crooked Trails. They are a well-travelled family, but wanted this trip to be about service. They spent 5 days in the village of Chandani and then trekked to Hil, where Crooked Trails is currently…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Coffee for Good: An Interview with Todd Parks about Storyville’s Special Mission

Todd Parks has been a much-loved member of the Crooked Trails family for many years, acting as a Crooked Trails Guide/Facilitator for a decade as well as a major supporter of our work. He’s now the Director of Sales at Storyville Coffee, a Seattle-based specialty coffee company with a mission…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Explore Oaxaca, Village by Village, on a Magical Trail

By Robin Anderson In four weeks, I will be traveling to Oaxaca with Co-Founder Chris Mackay, conducting recon on the latest addition to Crooked Trails destinations.  This trip has been over five years in the making — Chris and I have often discussed adding an option to Mexico due to…

Category: From the field | Posted On: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Going Local in Peru: Have Dinner with Doris

 By Crooked Trails Co-founder Christine Mackay The popularity of Airbnb is that it allows travelers to go local. Sure, it’s exciting to live in someone else’s house for a night or two, but it doesn’t mean anyone is there to show you around or have dinner with you. What if…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Travelers Against Plastic (TAP), Three Years On

By Christine Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-founder Three years ago, Tammy Leland, Angela Broderick and I were chatting over coffee when an idea emerged. We wanted to get other tour operators on board with one of Crooked Trails longest-standing credos – that all travelers should avoid buying plastic water bottles while…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Monday, July 11th, 2016

Trek to Choquequirao and onto Machu Picchu this September (or pick your own dates!)

By Christine Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-founder Many of you may have heard of Machu Picchu’s sister site, Choquequirao. These incredible ruins are seldom visited, due to their relatively unknown status and the 2-day trek to get there. But this amazing place is well worth the effort. The number of trekkers…

Category: From the field | Posted On: Monday, July 11th, 2016

Serendipitous Connections Lead to School Rebuilding in Nepal

By Chris Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-founder Just over a year ago when the earthquakes hit Nepal, I was introduced to Pema Sherpa via a friend who said Pema desperately needed funds to buy tarps to get to his village of Hil. It would take an 8 hour jeep ride to…

Category: Community Projects | Posted On: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016