More Local Transforms the Short Trip in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia (28 August 2012) - The Colombian travel aficionados at More Local have added two-day excursions to their innovative menu of experiential trips. Travelers can now get inside rural small-town life in a weekend-sized trip.

Online PR News – 06-September-2012 – Bogotá, Colombia – More Local’s two-day itineraries allow travelers on limited time budgets to jump on the fast track to deep Colombian culture. The two-day trips reach the highland towns of Villa de Leyva and Guasca, where travelers will have real hands-on experiences of rural Colombian life through fun workshops and homestays with local families.

The designers of More Local short trips Juan Pena and Juan Paredes Goicochea realize they are doing something very different in Colombia. They aim to change the game, both for travellers and local people, rather than playing follow-the-leader with large-scale tour operators.

To create their short trip itineraries, they start by identifying local farmers and craftspeople with the best authentic experiences to offer and the most to gain from their brand of meaningful, responsible travel. They bridge the logistical gap between fast-paced travelers and hard-to-come-by samples of local life.

“It’s the perfect chance for travel aficionados to authentically experience Colombian’s rural life” says Juan Pena, “In just a couple of days travellers can really participate in traditional rural activities and connect with the local campesinos”

As a travel company bent on maximizing tourism’s benefits to local people and the environment, More Local has obvious reasons for focusing on Villa de Leyva and Guasca. Both towns are within a four-hour drive from the thriving capital of Bogota. Both are rich in local flavor. Places like Guasca and Raquira (a stop on the Villa de Leyva trip) get overlooked as visitors flock to Colombia’s better-known destinations.

On a short trip to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva (, More Local plans out-of-the-box activities with no tour groups in sight. Day 1 highlights include a visit to a local farm, sheep shearing and a boisterous puck-throwing game oftejo with locals. Day 2 highlights are a pottery workshop and local lunch.

The short trip to Guasca ( guides travelers into the rural highlands surrounding Bogota where traditional farm life has remained intact. Day 1 involves a visit to an organic family-owned farm. Travelers can stay with a host family overnight, or camp. Day 2 is an outdoor adventure hike to Chingazo National Park.

The two new short trips make for a unique opportunity to try on small-town campesino (farmer) life in Colombia. Starting and ending in Bogota, they’re designed as easy add-ons to any broader Colombia experience. Plan your short trip with More Local at

More Local is a tour operator based in Bogota, Colombia. Founded by the creators of "LARGE minority", their personal mission is to design experiential journeys with as many unforgettable and authentic travel experiences as possible.