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Each Acanela trip is designed around an artisan(s) in a developing nation.  Our artisans include women with families who are battling against poverty, men who have lost their jobs due to disaster or disease, and individuals who have never had the opportunity to receive a formal education.  These artists have incredible talents and abilities in diverse areas such as culinary arts, outdoor & adventure, art & design -- but lack the resources to share those talents with the world. Our mission is to discover these men and women, help them develop as individuals and artisans, and empower them to build their own sustainable business enterprises.  Our boutique expeditions incorporate instructional classes and expert skills from our local artists, giving them a further means to monetize their skills.