St. Lucia – A Place To Return To
Let’s be honest: cheap tours to the Caribbean are a dime a dozen. True, the images of empty beaches and rustic huts gloriously perched on wooden piers 200 meters away from the shoreline are hard to resist. But we know that 50 euros per day is more likely to get you a sterile cube in a behemoth resort with concomitant opportunities to acquaint yourself with 10 or 20 thousand largely disrobed and perpetually imbibed fellow countrymen on a crowded, noisy, artificially-refreshed beach littered with discarded beer cups and human dignity.
Suffice it to say, we take a thoroughly different approach to visiting the Caribbean. No, we don’t sell the lowest price generic tours to the beaches and coves every second-rate celebrity and unruly holiday-maker has heard of. We don’t throw you on a cruise ship designed to broaden your waistline more than your horizons. Rather, we’ve taken the time to stumble our way into a few corners of the islands that haven’t yet been steamrolled by commodity tourism and plastic sensibilities.
We fell in love with St. Lucia some time ago, a little blip on the windward side of the Lesser Antilles that few people had heard of before 1990. Its mountainous terrain and low-key towns don’t make for glitzy brochure photos but rarely fail to enchant those who stroll the avenues of Gros Islet, Soufrière and Vieux Fort. Hike, birdwatch, scuba dive, lounge under a palm tree… St Lucia is the kind of place you actually do come back to time and again.
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Why Travel with Wilderness Explorers?
For more than 20 years, we’ve been working at the crossroads of adventure travel and community tourism. Not from the sidelines or behind a desk, but on the ground. In the jungle. On the boats. Getting our feet dirty and seeing everything first-hand. Tourism isn’t our business – it’s our life. Our handcrafted itineraries prove it.
Our partners in the field aren’t just suppliers in the traditional sense: we are deeply involved with the development of the lodges, tours, training programs, and attractions that draw adventurous souls to this part of the world. Back in 1999 Wilderness Explorers was one of the first tour operators to embrace the now-fashionable idea of community tourism, partnering with the Amerindian Makushi village of Surama in Guyana to provide marketing and administrative support for that country’s first indigenously-operated ecolodge. These days we continue to work with lodges and regional consortiums with tourism development aspirations. Hand-in-hand we are building opportunities for economic growth that don’t rely on resource extraction or the mass-market.
We know that tour companies are increasingly looked upon as unnecessary middlemen in a world where the internet connects everyone with marvelous ease. And, no doubt, someone with ample time and patience could organize their journey independently. But we know that sometimes you want to spend less time researching and more time travelling. If that’s you, we can vastly simplify your trip planning, get you into the best (and often least-known) lodges, prioritize your activity list, and set you up for an unforgettable getaway. Having the time of your life once you get there? Well, that part is entirely up to you!