Connect with local artisans and take cultural tours just a quick day trip from Puerto Vallarta
Unique and unforgettable cultural tours to experience the "real Mexico"
Headquartered in Bucerías, Mexico, a small beach town accessible via a quick day trip from Puerto Vallarta, Human Connections (HC) is a non-profit that connects local people with international audiences through travel programs and curated experiences.
Human Connections' goal is to empower local communities while fostering conversations that shift perspectives and increase understanding. Through a vibrant network of local partners – Mexican artisans, tradespeople, and organizations – Human Connections creates opportunities for authentic, meaningful exchanges.
A Bucerias, Nayarit tour provider with a commitment to sustainability
Human Connections' local partners have a platform to share their culture, have agency over their stories, and generate increased income. At the same time, travelers gain an increased understanding of real Mexico culture while cultivating more empathetic perspectives about Mexico. Their small yet mighty team works to uphold our values of integrity, learning, self-realization, reciprocity, responsible travel, and empathy in all of their interactions.
Experience virtual tours and virtual student programs from anywhere in the world
Human Connections is built on the values of responsible tourism. They try their best to promote this type of travel through their long-lasting partnerships, student programs, day tours and education surrounding responsible tourism practices. They leverage travel as a tool that cultivates cross-cultural understanding, fosters empathy, and empowers local communities.
Since the onset of COVID-19, HC has been focused on re-imagining the principles of responsible tourism in a world with limited travel. This has translated into initiatives such as curating and selling artisan boxes, developing virtual viewing parties for would-be tourists, and designing and executing virtual immersive study abroad programs — all focused on creating opportunities for local partners to participate in income-earning, family-sustaining activities.
Five Things We Love About Human Connections
Local empowerment through cultural exchange
Local partners have a platform to share their culture, have agency over their stories, and generate increased income. At the same time, travelers gain an increased understanding of real Mexico culture while cultivating more empathetic perspectives about Mexico. HC's small yet mighty team works to uphold our values of integrity, learning, self-realization, reciprocity, responsible travel, and empathy in all of their interactions.
A boost for Mexican artisans, an education for visitors
HC's long-lasting partnerships with artisans ensure fair and sustainable payment into the local economy. HC includes the local community in decisions about how to best create authentic exchanges with fair reciprocation for their partners that provide education to visitors.
An eco-conscious approach to tours in Mexico
Human Connections' office operates on solar power, the products they offer to visitors aim to reduce waste, and they offset our carbon footprint.
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Easy access from Puerto Vallarta
If you're the type of traveler who grows tired of the high-rise resort lifestyle that's easily found in Puerto Vallarta, then your perfect escape just might be a day-trip up to Bucerias, Nayarit for cultural tours with Human Connections.
Currently, readers can get involved with HC in a number of ways, including:
– Participating in or hosting a Virtual Viewing Party, during which participants will watch a short professionally filmed and edited documentary to showcase one of our partner’s lives and then take part in a Q&A; session with that partner to gain insights into their artistic craft and life journey.
– Supporting our artisan partners’ economic livelihoods by shopping our curated artisan boxes that explore traditional techniques and natural materials used in Mexican handicrafts.
– Share the word about HC’s innovative virtual student programs and in-person Global Fellowships with like-minded individuals in readers’ networks.
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