In our journey through the cities we build history and leave indelible footprints in the collective memory of the present and the future.
Current history is marked by the constant processes of mobility and displacement of people fleeing wars, social problems, and political and religious conflicts to other countries in search of new opportunities. However, cities still lack a friendly communication system with the new residents, thus creating different levels of social segregation due to lack of information.
Building better cities requires the inclusion of all residents in the planning and development processes of natural and built spaces. Likewise, it requires offering safe spaces for their cultural immersion and personal and professional development. Thus, Huellas Latinas was born to inspire the creation of a vibrant, committed and empowered outdoor community. Creating different meeting and exchange scenarios between different cultures and backgrounds. Strengthening the bonds and the sense of belonging with the place where they live.
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Camping at Itasca State Park: from a Memorable experience to a Transformative experience By Luisana Mendez Imagen by Huellas Latinas - © Huellas Latinas – Itasca State Park (July 2022) Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Minnesota. There are many...
“Hello Luisana, I wanted to write to thank you for the activities you do with Huellas Latinas. They are really very supportive of Latinos like me who came to the city without knowing anyone. It is a more than great space to integrate and get to know the beautiful places that the city has. Thank you again because you become a guide and always a friendly smile when you are so far from the family. We can see great passion in what you do 😍. Again a thousand thanks and my admiration for that constant work.”
– Cristina Tobon (Ella / She / Her)
“Thank you Luisana for providing an opportunity to see the natural beauties that Minnesota has to offer and specifically the metropolitan area of St Paul and Minneapolis. It is important to see people like you interested in getting involved with the community and how you stated “being part of the city”. Your activities are important to show that our metro area offers endless opportunities to enjoy nature and to instill a healthy lifestyle. These activities also serve so that people who move to this area feel our welcome attitude from this that could become their new community. Thank you for all the work you do and see you in the next activity!”
– Wilmer Fernandez (El / He / Him)
“I joined Huellas Latinas Hiking Club to meet more like-minded people of enjoying the scenery and hiking.”
– Jorge López (El / He / Him)
“When I arrived in MN, I didn’t know anyone apart from my husband’s parents. Being Peruvian, I really wanted to meet Latin people and feel a little closer to my culture. Huellas Latinas helped me not only connect with nature, but also with wonderful people.”
– Liliana Sanchez (Ella / She / Her)
“I join Huellas Latinas wanting to go out more often. Even though I’ve lived in Minnesota all my life, I don’t know much here. The walks with Huellas Latinas have been a great opportunity to get to know new places, places that I can later take to my family so they too can see all that Minnesota has to offer”
– Oscar Hernandez Ledesma (El / He / Him)
“I joined Huellas Latinas Hiking Club to stay connected to my community and enjoy the outdoors with people who may have similar experiences to mine, and can understand the transition of moving here from another state, or even from another country. I felt very isolated when I first moved here. Minnesota is finally starting to feel like home now that I’ve started going to Huellas Latinas walks and other events with groups that focus on people of different races and nationalities”
– Ripley Nohemi (Ella / She / Her)
“I joined Huellas Latinas Hiking Club because it invites me to get to know new places in the different cities in Minnesota from the hand of experts who share stories and information about the places. In addition, it allows me to meet new incredible people from the Latino community”
– Tania Eden-Piñeiro (Ella / She / Her)
“I discovered the club by reading a newsletter from the Minnesota DNR entitled “Women in Conservation”. I thought it was a great idea to reconnect with my Latin roots since I only speak Spanish to my daughter on a daily basis (at home we speak French with my husband). And I’ve been out of Mexico for almost 20 years. Even better if it’s sharing an activity that I love and can do with my daughter! I wasn’t disappointed, I loved the group and the activities!”
– Tania Eden-Piñeiro (Ella / She / Her)
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