Hello! My name is Luisana and I am originally from Venezuela. I am a Civil Engineer and Urban Planner by profession. Entrepreneur by nature, innovative and enthusiastic. My passion is to serve and live the city through the senses. I am deeply committed to the empowerment of women and emerging leaders, as well as the human and sustainable development of communities. My passion is serving communities and living spaces through the senses. I really enjoy nature and the outdoor activities, especially hiking, camping, and paddle boarding. I also have fun reading, writing, taking pictures and trying handicrafts.
Currently, I lead Huellas Latinas through which I seek to inspire the creation of a vibrant, engaged, and empowered outdoor community. That is why I develop a varied agenda of outdoor activities throughout the year. In addition, I coordinate Huellas Latinas Hiking Club, share information, resources and experiences with the community.
The best way to get to know a place is by experiencing it through its public and natural spaces, understanding its culture and discovering its secrets behind its history. Hiking became my best ally to discover my new home, Minnesota. In addition, it is a perfect activity to maintain my physical, mental and emotional health while I get to know new spaces, new people and build meaningful memories.
I feel fortunate to be able to communicate and share with you the knowledge and experiences that I am acquiring in each adventure. I hope that this initiative will serve to create a community among those of us who share the same interests and that it will also inspire you to recognize the human side of places.
I want to teach you to live spaces through the senses and hopefully inspire you to live your own adventures.
My Hiking Path
Reto Mujer Latina 100 millas 2021
52 Hike Challenge Original Series 2021 - 190.9 millas
52 Hike Challenge Original Series 2022 - 191.6 millas
Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) Fall 2023
Superior Hiking Trail is a 300+ mile trail that follows the rocky ridge above Lake Superior from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border to the Canadian border. I plan to complete this Thru-Hiking between September 1st – 24th, 2023. This will be my first Thru-Hiking and to complete it I have started my preparation and planning that will allow me to overcome physical, mental, emotional and financial barriers.
Completing this Thru-Hiking brings in itself a personal impact by giving me the opportunity to re-discover myself in a new facet. However, my intention is to generate a positive impact in the Latino and immigrant community of Minnesota. Therefore, my main motivation is:
- Expand the visibility of the Latino community – immigrants and refugees in outdoor activities based on the premise “Outdoors for everyone”.
- Empower women to feel comfortable doing any outdoor activity where they can find safe, respectful spaces free from any type of violence.
- Motivate the community to join outdoor activities with the awareness of respect and conservation of natural spaces as well as promote the beauties of the Superior Hiking Trail among the Spanish-speaking community.