Mariana Zapata

Colombian-American travel writer who has worked and traveled around the world. 

About Me

I specialize on the people that make up the fabric of communities, the food that brings them together, and the places that create cultural identity. Having lived around the world, I have local knowledge of Colombia, Florida, France, and South Korea, and love writing about them. Collaborations include SmarterTravel, TripAdvisor, and Atlas Obscura.

Besides writing about travel and culture, I've worked at an alternative school, copy-edited for an art gallery, taught English around the world, coordinated community-based projects with government entities, and been a domestic violence advocate. I've also mastered the art of karaoke, managed to become a decent tango dancer, and picked up a few languages along the way. 

Let's work together

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