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Breathing New Life Into The Art of Travel

Most of us have hobbies or areas we are particularly passionate about. For some it’s travel for others it’s music, sports, volunteer work, raising a family, the list could go on and on. EcoArts Tours has combined the best of two worlds – the arts and travel. The idea behind EcoArts is to not only experience the traditional arts of cultures worldwide but to also help the sustainable development of communities while traveling – allowing the revenue generated from these forms of tourism to benefit community projects.

They include several options, you can either browse pre-planned tour or customize your own by filling out a simple form, easily helping you add a music or culinary lesson from local individuals or organizations.

Although they have many tours from which to choose, two destinations that are worth looking into more is their exploration into the arts and culture of India. The majority of the tour takes place in Spiti Valley, India (a region that only receives about 3,000 visitors annually). This Himalayan region borders Tibet and people will get to stay in villages, and learn about sustainability and the arts. Highlights include solar power in villages, traditional arts lessons, and witness and support the endangered dance-form of The Bhuchens. The tour concludes with a visit to Taj Mahal and a Gandhi Legacy tour led by Mohatma Gandhi’s great-grandson, Tushar Arun Gandhi. Be sure to set aside these dates in order to be apart of the tour: May 23rd to June 8th 2011.

Another destination worth mentioning is Cuba (which has recently been in the press as of late due to rumors of a lift in the travel ban) which provides two different tours open to professionals in their respective areas, one explores the traditional forms of music, dance, and art while the other includes culinary lessons, visits to organic farms as well as education forums providing professionals the chance to learn about food security and conservation from cooperatives in the area. The culinary tour takes place June 27 – July 7, 2001 and the Cuba Arts Tour will be June 13-26, 2011.

To learn more about their trips and vision for travel and the arts visit http://ecoartstours.org/

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