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Western River Expeditions × Virtual Rafting

Virtual Rafting Tours Provide Connection and Stimulate Adrenalin During Pandemic Shutdown

Sitting on the shoreline of life pretty much sums up where the world is at.

“As a pandemic runs its global course, immobilized though we may feel, we don’t have to respond like a deer in the headlights,” said Brandon Lake, CMO of Western River Expeditions headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Now is a great time to dream about future adventures and plan for the time when life returns to the new normal. This not only gives us something to look forward to, but I believe that exploring the outdoors with loved ones when it’s safe to do so, will become an important part of our recovery process, providing people with a sense of connection, interaction and celebration.”

This active travel company specializes in rafting the rivers of the Colorado River Basin. But for the first time in Lake’s memory, the rafts are empty, sitting on the shoreline. On April 1, Grand Canyon National Park closed, including river operations through May 21, 2020. Resumption of river trips will be evaluated later in May pending current CDC guidance.

To accommodate clients whose trips have been delayed by the pandemic, Lake and his team have been able to re-allocate their allotted permit spaces on some trips in the Grand Canyon for departures later in the 2020 season. They are assisting people in solidifying changes in plans and looking to open slots for them later this summer and in 2021.

Lake said he is “confident we will be able to find an available date for clients disrupted by early-season cancellations who are still interested in doing a Grand Canyon rafting trip.

The company has posted its latest Covid-19 news and trip status on its website to keep the public up-to-date. See: https://www.westernriver.com/covid-19.

Between now and when guests are able to re-embark on rafting adventures, Western River Expeditions encourages people to experience the Grand Canyon and other breathtaking locations via virtual tours. “We put these together before this all happened, but never thought we would be using them for accessing these special places in a time we would not be able to in person.”

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6 & 7 Day Grand Canyon Expedition
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3 & 4 Day Grand Canyon Adventure
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4 Day Cataract Canyon Adventure
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5 Day Desolation Canyon Adventure
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With these 360° virtual tours the viewer is present, surrounded by the action of a river expedition in the comfort of their own home or office. Get lost in the moment and find oneself in a magnificent cavern. Tucked in a sleeping bag on the shoreline. Standing under a thundering side canyon waterfall. Viewing ancient Native American rock art. Running the West’s most famous rapids. And standing in line for a grilled salmon dinner topped off with warm Dutch-oven chocolate cake. The 360° technology is stunning.

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2020/2021 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at: http://www.westernriver.com/.

About Western River Expeditions
Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the “Best of State” award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past sixteen consecutive years (2004-2019).

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NASHVILLE VIRTUAL TOUR

Experience Music City from home with virtual cooking classes, tours of historical sites, bedtime stories by Dolly Parton, and more

As Music City continues to follow the guidance of government and health officials, attractions have closed their doors to visitors and shifted to offering online experiences. As a follow up to the initial list, new virtual Nashville experiences include cooking classes from local chefs, read-aloud bedtime stories, and shared playlists can all help you feel connected to Nashville.

New offerings include online cooking classes from some of Nashville’s most beloved chefs, including James Beard Award-winner Sean Brock (Audrey, Joyland, and previously Husk), Tony Galzin (Nicky’s Coal Fired), Matthew Bell (Gray & Dudley), and more. While most are free of charge, Sean Brock is offering his classes for a fee, with every penny earned going to support his team’s wages.

See more under Virtual Classes & Sessions: www.visitmusiccity.com/virtual-attractions

Nashville is doing the best to support the tireless medical professionals who are working on the front lines to combat COVID-19. In true Music City fashion, one way the city is showing its’ support is through Gratitunes, a shared playlist individuals add to and is shared with Vanderbilt University Medical Center staff and streamed to clinics. Musicians including Brad Paisley, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, Dustin Lynch, and more have all joined in by dedicating a tune on their social media channels. Learn more and add your favorite uplifting song: www.visitmusiccity.com/upcoming-concerts

One of country music’s most recognized and loved artists, Dolly Parton, has started “Goodnight with Dolly,” a weekly YouTube series in which she will read aloud a children’s book from her Imagination Library project. She hopes to give parents and children “a welcome distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books.” This will be a 10-week series, with the first episode having aired on Thursday, April 3.

For art lovers, Frist Art Museum is offering Art History Courses throughout the month of April. Art historian Jim Womack will host 3 classes, available on Zoom for a small fee, covering a variety of topics. Learn more and register here. Nashville’s creativity and foundation in music still shines in partnerships between restaurants and breweries and vinyl shops. Among others, Tennessee Brew Works is pairing with Third Man Records to locally deliver craft beer with a side of vinyl. See more: www.visitmusiccity.com/VinylPairings

As previously mentioned, The Grand Ole Opry is available for live streaming on Saturday evenings, two Nashville documentaries are online for viewing (It All Begins With A Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter and For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville), and many major attractions are offering unique virtual experiences. Interact with Music City: www.visitmusiccity.com/virtual-attractions.

Saline Restaurant shares Cocktail Recipes

As happy hour has been moved from your favorite bar to your favorite couch, Saline Restaurant at Hotel Joaquin is giving you the recipes to three of their favorite spritz’s that will take your taste buds on a mini vacation from the comfort of your home to the coast of Laguna Beach. Step outside of your normal drink rotation and mix things up with the 985, The Master or their signature welcome cocktail, the Auric Spritz, all three will definitely impress your virtual happy hour friends. The light and fresh fruit flavors of these summer inspired drinks are perfect to enjoy with lunch or dinner, from Magdalena Rum to Nardini Mandorola Grappa and of course a lot of Prosecco, take your pick and have fun!

985
Combine and-muddle give a quick shake, fine strain:
1oz St. Germain
.75oz Nardini Mandorola Grappa
.25oz Simple Syrup
.5oz Lemon Juice
1 Hulled Strawberry

Then top with 3oz Prosecco

GARNISH: Strawberry slices, lemon wheel, tarragon

The Master
Combine:
1.5 Cocchi Americano
.25oz Le Canne Bleu Rhum
.5oz Small Hands Passion Fruit Syrup
.25oz Lemon Juice
3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

Give a quick Whip with your ice and dump in your glass. Then top with:
1.5oz Sparkling wine

GARNISH: Edible flowers, lemon wheel

The Auric Spritz
Muddle 3-5 sprigs of mint & combine in a mixing glass with:
1oz. Aperol
.5oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
.5oz Magdalena Rum,
.25oz Simple Syrup
.5oz Lemon Juice

Shake and Fine strain into a large wine glass

Add ice and top with prosecco

GARNISH: orange wheels, Mint sprig

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Canyon Of The Eagles

Looking for an unconventional getaway in the splendor of the Great American Wilderness? The Canyon of The Eagles in Burnet County, Texas, can provide you with that experience, and more.

The Canyon Of The Eagles property is located on the scenic shores of Lake Buchanan, the largest body of water in Texas’s Highland Lakes Region. It is also conveniently accessible by car, just 90 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, and 25 minutes from the town of Burnet.

The big draw to this location? Its breathtaking natural beauty and the chance to escape the everyday and immerse yourself in a peaceful and recharging environment. Guests will enjoy quiet accommodations in cozy cabins on the property, styled with a rustic Texas Southwestern charm. While the cabins are equipped with modern amenities, including wi-fi, the only television access exists at the Eagles Nest Lounge, it’s Hospitality Suite. This encourages conversation and quality time with loved ones and at the same time, inspires communal engagement in ways often lost to the digital age.

On the property, guests can also start the morning off with a rejuvenating Yoga session, or a relaxing lake pontoon ride. If you’re looking to add some more adventure to your stay, there are many opportunities to get out of your room and explore the scenery. You might find yourself mountain biking on Burnet County Trails. Catch breathtaking views on one of the hiking trails. Rent a kayak, and go on a Guided Tour or a solo paddle out on the beautiful Lake Buchanan. Book a spot on one of the Canyon Cruises, a 2 hour sightseeing and wildlife watching journey with the chance to see intricate naturally-weathered rock formations and waterfalls.

Some of the most incredible parts of Canyon of the Eagles comes out when the sun goes down and the night comes alive. The remote location of the resort and lack of light pollution opens up the night sky in ways one could never imagine. Stargazing is a popular nighttime activity, and the activity can be elevated by attending the Eagle Eye Observatory, where an on-site scientist and astronomer can explain to you the constellations. Fireside chats are another evening activity, covering topics such as local snakes and other wildlife to watch out for.

Food and drink options are also plentiful on the property and nearby. Experience authentic barbeque delights from Opie’s BBQ such as mesquite smoked brisket and pork chops or make your way to the best breakfast you’ll find at Bluebonnet Café where you can enjoy 14 varieties of fresh baked pies — including lemon, coconut, fudge and more. The walking tour of downtown Marble Falls features a snack at Choccolatte’s, where you can enjoy premium gelato or if you would like to get a drink and relax, you could head over to Bear King Brewery. Whatever your tastes are, you can be satisfied in the Highland Lakes Region.

Canyon of the Eagles is a family-friendly resort and vacation option for anyone looking to change up the fast-paced routine of modern life and sink into a simpler time. This location allows for great opportunities for families to get back together and enjoy each others company. The resort also offers options for corporate events and retreats, and would provide an excellent backdrop for a wedding or any other celebration. Whatever you make out of your stay, you won’t forget it when staying at the Canyon of the Eagles in the magnificent Texas Highland Lakes. For more information on what Canyon of Eagle’s could provide at your luxury stay, please check out their amenities and book your stay here.

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Unusual Things You Can Bring on Your Next Summer Vacation

Going on a summer vacation can be really exciting and fun. One gets to let go of the daily stresses and enjoy themselves for a few warm days in the sunshine. Part of what can make or break the perfect summer vacation is how well one can pack and what they pack for the trip. There are always the essentials that everyone should pack on. But there are also some slightly unconventional items that some people might not think would be important for a summer vacation but they could actually prove quite beneficial. 

Carry-on Air Conditioner

As much fun as being in the warm sunny temperatures while on vacation can be, things can get a little too much sometimes. Certain holiday destinations have extremely high heat conditions which can be unbearable for some people. One way to overcome this issue is to simply invest in and pack a portable air conditioner in your luggage. It might not seem like a normal thing to pack while you head out on your vacation but it sure can be a lifesaver. This useful yet ever so slightly unusual gadget is small in size and quite practical to travel with, so it won’t be too much of a hassle. 

Portable Wifi Hotspot

Almost everyone nowadays has a virtual presence which they access through their smart devices every single day. If you cannot live without internet access and cannot risk your summer vacation destination not having strong enough wifi if any, then this might be quite a necessary item to pack on your next holiday. The mobile gadget would allow you to access the internet at your preferred speed like you are used to at home. You can arrange a good deal with your mobile carrier before you leave for your vacation if you are planning a trip abroad. 

Dryer Sheets

Not many people would think to pack dryer sheets with them on their summer holiday but they can actually prove to be more beneficial. Some people would not like to admit it, shoes sometimes stink; it is a fact. And especially when you’re on vacation and you’ve been in the same shoes for an entire day of walking, running or doing any form of physical activity without getting a chance to change socks or shoes for a long period of time. This is where dryer sheets come in handy. One can simply put the sheets in the shoe and leave it there for a few hours to absorb the moisture along with any bad odors. A couple of hours later you’ll notice the quick results and you can say goodbye to smelly shoes. 

Vacations are about spending a good time away from any routine and daily stress causers. Although, there are a few unusual items out there which you may not think can be helpful to pack on your trip but can prove to be quite essential when you consider it carefully. Do some research in advance to check the weather conditions at your vacation destination and pack accordingly. Remember to pack as lightly and efficiently as you can to avoid the travel hassles. 

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Ovolo Group x Bali Resort

OVOLO GROUP TO OPEN NEW URBAN RESORT IN BALI IN LATE 2020

The new Mamaka by Ovolo will be a part of the island’s revitalized Kuta district

Ovolo Group, the design-led hotel collection with properties throughout Australia and Hong Kong, will unveil its first-ever resort in Indonesia in late 2020, with the opening of the beachfront Mamaka by Ovolo in the island’s revitalized Kuta precinct.

Formerly the Citadines Kuta Beach Bali, the property will close early this month and is expected to reopen in late 2020 as Mamaka by Ovolo, complete with 191 designer rooms and suites, innovative food and drink concepts, and unique experiences. As part of the new brand architecture and “Wonder.Full.” brand campaign recently unveiled by Ovolo, the new Mamaka Kuta Beach will join the By Ovolo Collective, which includes the Nishi Apartments Canberra Australia, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong and the soon-to-open Sheung Wan Central Hong Kong.

The playful design aesthetic of Mamaka by Ovolo was envisioned by the Ovolo team and realized by ara design international, the brand behind many international hotel and resort projects. Heavily inspired by its island home, Mamaka by Ovolo has merged the global brand ethos of Ovolo – that of vibrant, dynamic spaces – with ancient Balinese culture (in the ancient Pali language, “mamaka” translates as one who shows affection not only for oneself). The hotel’s design will embrace vibrant colors and traditional Balinese textiles like kebaya baju, alongside natural materials, ample weaving, bold patterns, and lantern effect lighting.

Mamaka by Ovolo will boast several all-day bar and dining venues, including the island’s highest rooftop pool club with 270-degree views of Bali’s western beaches from Jimbaran to Canggu and beyond. And as Kuta’s beachfront is home to the island’s best surf break for beginners and recreational surfers, the resort will also have its own in-house surf school, as well as a circuit-training mechanical surfboard for core strength, horizontal climbing wall, wellness center and unisex salon.

“Convention was not considered – this is our take on a resort. It will be a playground for travelers through food and drink with attitude, wellness and activities, a surf school and shop, and a little self-indulgence – they won’t want to leave!” says Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder & CEO of Ovolo Group. “This urban resort will bring a killer experience to Kuta adding to its growing vibe.”

As part of the Mamaka development, furnishings and kitchen items from 10 rooms at the former Citadines Kuta Beach Bali have been donated to the local non-profit foundation Yayasan Solemen Indonesia (‘Solemen’), which provides direct support and funding to the disadvantaged. The donation has included everything from sofas to cutlery and microwaves to mini bar fridges, which will be given directly to people in need or sold to assist the charity continue its important work in the community.

For more information about Ovolo Group, visit: www.ovolohotels.com.

ABOUT OVOLO GROUP:
Ovolo Group was founded by entrepreneur Girish Jhunjhnuwala in 2010 and has quickly become one of Hong Kong’s largest and most dynamic independent hospitality firms. The Group provides both business and leisure guests with the best in effortless living across numerous hotels and F&B outlets internationally. A proud Hong Kong brand, Ovolo Group remains a family-owned and privately operated business operating two hotels and four restaurants in Hong Kong, and six hotels and five restaurants across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Ovolo is also developing two new hotels in Melbourne, Australia (South Yarra and South Melbourne). Ovolo also has the By Ovolo Collective within its portfolio of hotels, a distinctive collection of four hotels each one unique, each one special, the more guests explore, the more they’ll find. These include Nishi Apartments in Canberra Australia, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong, The Sheung Wan Hong Kong launching April 2020 and Mamaka Kuta Beach Bali Indonesia launching late 2020.

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DreamWorks Water Park

THE WORLD’S FIRST DREAMWORKS ANIMATION WATER PARK WILL OPEN ON MARCH 19

The largest indoor water park in North America will open at American Dream on March 19, along with the beginning of retail

American Dream, the unrivaled destination for style and play, is set to usher in its next chapter on March 19, 2020, with the highly anticipated opening of the world’s first and only DreamWorks Animation Water Park, and the celebration of American Dream’s first retail offerings. March will provide guests with endless opportunities to discover and explore American Dream.

“We can’t wait for guests to visit DreamWorks Animation Water Park and experience the completely unique, jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring destination that we have created,” said Don Ghermezian, Co-CEO of American Dream. “We also look forward to welcoming a new audience to the property with the introduction of retail, opening some of the largest flagship stores globally.”

The world’s first and only DreamWorks Animation Water Park will begin to preview its unmatched experiences on March 19. Guests will be introduced to this over-the-top water park, where the worlds of DreamWorks Animation’s most adored franchises are brought to life.

Swirl through your favorite ogre’s swamp on Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer; find your inner champion with the Dragon Warrior Po at Kung Fu Panda’s Temple of Awesomeness; be among the first to hang-ten in the world’s largest indoor wave pool, the 1.5 acres of Far Far a Bay, inspired by Shrek’s magical kingdom . Whether you prefer to challenge the waves on one of two themed Surf’s Up Surf Riders, relax meeting more of your DreamWorks Animation friends on the Bubbly Lazy River or discover your own secret operation at the Penguins of Madagascar Play Zone, you can do it 365 days a year at American Dream. Not to be missed experiences coming later this year include luxury cabanas designed by Jonathan Adler, private party rooms, and so much more. Tickets for DreamWorks Animation Water Park will go on-sale Thursday, February 27, 2020 at www.americandream.com, with limited quantities available.

Fashion’s leading brands and a revolving, always-fresh collective of new shopping experiences will begin to open on March 19. The world’s largest retailers will open immersive flagship and specialty locations, including Aritzia, Zara, Sephora, H&M, UNIQLO, Primark, Ulta Beatuy, Old Navy, Morphe and much more. Retail will continue to open at American Dream throughout 2020, with The Collections, American Dream’s luxury atrium, opening in September 2020.

Fresh and exciting family entertainment will also join American Dream throughout Spring. Challenge your loved ones to a round of 18-holes at North America’s first and only Angry Birds Mini Golf course, experience ‘the city under the sea’ at New Jersey SEA LIFE® Aquarium or build to your heart’s content at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey.

While March 19 is the next landmark chapter in American Dream’s ever-evolving story, the world-class destination ignites a sense of discovery and exploration, encouraging guests to return over and over again, delivering new and memorable experiences with each visit.

ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM
American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unrivaled destination for fantasy, fashion, food, family, and fun. For more information visit www.americandream.com or follow on Instagram @americandream.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 25 Emmy awards since inception in 2013.

Spring Break x Airbnb Tips

Spring break travel: Three ways to be a more responsible Airbnb guest

Travelers planning an affordable spring break trip should be aware of the “Airbnb effect.” Areas with a rise in Airbnb rentals, for example, often see a jump in housing prices and other negative aspects of tourism, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Mohammad Rahman, an associate professor in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University who has studied and written about the home-sharing platform, said the problem goes far beyond housing prices.

For more than two years, Rahman has been studying the prevalence of racial biases among Airbnb guests in New York City. After analyzing millions of Airbnb and Yelp reviews, as well as local restaurant employment data, he found Airbnb guests staying in predominantly black neighborhoods with a rise in Airbnb rentals were more likely to leave reviews with racial keywords such as dangerous, shady and risky. In addition, they were less likely to spend money at local restaurants and were half as likely to make a return trip compared to their predominantly white counterparts.

“From our digging of Airbnb reviews, it seems like people who go to predominantly black areas have a lot more safety concerns versus when they go to predominantly white areas,” Rahman said. “But the reality, when you look at felony numbers and crime statistics, many of these white areas have crime problems, as well.”

Rahman provided these tips to be a more responsible Airbnb guest:

Be conscious of your bias: Rahman currently is studying the prevalence of racial discrimination against black hosts listing a property on the home-sharing platform.

“From my ongoing study, we are seeing some sense of discrimination against black hosts,” he said. “If people can be conscious about that bias and do a little bit more digging before they make a choice, they may be pleasantly surprised. If we can be a little more conscious about our biases as we use these services, I think it might change one out of 50 people.”

Use the power of your dollar: Rahman’s findings show that areas with a rise in Airbnb rentals also experienced a jump in restaurant employment, suggesting guests spent tourism dollars locally rather exploiting residentials areas for cheap lodging and traveling to more traditional tourist destinations. The same economic spillover effect, however, did not take place in predominantly black or Hispanic neighborhoods.

“At least think about going to the local areas and helping them out because you are causing trouble as a traveler going to a residential area,” he said. “You are causing an unnecessary burden on that residential area, so spending your tourist dollars in that neighborhood is certainly useful.”

Share an Airbnb: The home-sharing platform allows visitors to stay in residential areas outside of traditional tourism hotspots with hotels and other lodging options. But renting an entire home rather than a single, private room often defeats the purpose of the service, Rahman said.

“The private room option is a sustainable way of traveling and really makes sure that the true value of Airbnb is preserved. Renting the whole home is essentially a hotel service,” Rahman said. “Now, I understand that’s a much, much bigger ask, but that’s something to consider if you are really focused on being a more responsible traveler.

Cannúa Resort x Travel Promo

Enjoy Two Nights Free at New Boutique Hotel with True Colombia Travel Promo

Be among the first travelers to experience luxury eco resort Cannúa, sister company to True Colombia Travel, which just opened Dec. 1, 2019

Travelers can enjoy a two-night complimentary stay in a deluxe room at the newly-opened Cannúa, Colombia’s first luxury eco resort (a value of $500 USD), when they book a custom tour of Antioquia with True Colombia Travel by March 31, 2020.

True Colombia Travel, a locally-owned and led tour operator, specializes in customized experiences in under-explored regions throughout Colombia, and is celebrating the launch of its sister-company, Cannúa, with its spring promo.

Opened in December 2019, Cannúa is an 18-room boutique hotel set within a protected forest in Antioquia. Taking a holistic approach to sustainability, the 27-acre mountain-side retreat is rooted in permaculture design principles, built from sustainably-sourced bamboo and compressed-earth blocks and utilizing rainwater through its own on-site water treatment system. It also features two acres of organic gardens and food forests to supply its restaurant, and works with local organic farmers for ingredients that can’t otherwise be produced on-site.

The opening of an eco resort of this nature is part of a new era of experiential travel being forged within the region.

“Antioquia offers so much, and now, travelers have the opportunity to mix the rustic, off-the-beaten-path rural exploration of the region with a luxurious stay, complete with some pampering, ” says Brian Schon, co-founder and director of True Colombia Travel. “Guests can spend five days doing all kinds of adventurous activities, from paragliding to exploring local caves and searching for wild hippos, and then spend a couple nights relaxing at Cannúa, enjoying delicious food, gentle hikes, spa treatments, and gorgeous sunsets set against the most incredible views.”

True Colombia Travel’s Antioquia trips start and end in Medellín. To take advantage of this offer, write promo code Antioquia2020 in the subject line of your inquiry and book by Mar. 31, 2020, for travel until April 1, 2021.

For more information about True Colombia Travel’s fully-customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours in all corners of the country, visit www.truecolombiatravel.com.

About True Colombia Travel
True Colombia Travel specializes in offering fully customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout the rural and urban regions of Colombia. Owned and operated by locals who are passionate about their community, the TCT team is made up of bilingual artists, nature-lovers and world travelers committed to sharing Colombia’s secrets with visitors as respectfully and responsibly as possible. Welcoming families, groups, solo travelers and adventurers of all ages, True Colombia Travel creates personalized itineraries designed to showcase the people, heritage, culture and natural treasures that makes Colombia one of the most promising destinations in the world.

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