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Author: Felipe

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Felipe

Felipe writes about responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives in Latin America. He has travelled the continent extensively, always looking for great and non touristy destinations for our travellers. He particularly writes about connecting with local people and nature in an authentic and meaningful way.

Posts by Felipe

How Community Tours Can Create Positive Change in Urban Neighborhoods

Responsible Tourism

Brazil

Since the beginning of the first urban community tourism initiatives, the idea has been controversial. ‘Slum visits’ in Brazil, India and South Africa are often compared with safaris and zoos. Those who are against this type of poverty tourism say that it’s disrespectful to the local community – and they are right.
Though tourism that is not carried out in a …

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More than a turquoise river – Río Celeste tour with culture, farming and wildlife

Ecotourism

Costa Rica

In the middle of the rainforest that protects Tenorio Volcano National Park, we visited a river that seems to come out of the tales of goblins; a turquoise-colored body of water which forms a majestic waterfall that pours its waters through the nearby town of Guatuso. Its name is Río Celeste. However, our adventure didn’t end with our Río Celeste …

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The Green Gold of the Mayans – Rural tourism in the Mayan Riviera

Ecotourism

Mexico

Mexico is a country renowned for its crystal-clear waters, fabulous food, eternal sunshine and warm people. It also offers endless travel experiences which allow tourists to experience the depth of Mexico’s natural and cultural heritage. This is very much the case with several community-based projects promoting rural tourism in the Mayan Riviera. Through these programs, travellers have the opportunity to …

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The wonder of an eco tour to Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

Responsible Tourism

Peru

Rodrigo is a Brazilian-American graphic artist. He recently took a tour to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. As over-tourism issues are (finally) being discussed by industry stakeholders, his insights on how to visit Machu Picchu in a responsible way are particularly valuable. In his own words:

Tourism is a very profitable industry for Peru largely …

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An organic coffee tour at Finca Rosa Blanca, a coffee plantation resort in Costa Rica

Responsible Tourism

Costa Rica

The view of the Central Valley was majestic. It was our first time at Finca Rosa Blanca, and we were having a typical ‘tico’ breakfast: gallo pinto, scrambled eggs, tortillas, tropical fruits, natural smoothies, and coffee. The place is actually a coffee plantation resort with an elegant and artistic touch, so we were curious to explore more. After breakfast, we …

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Ethical Bloggers Promoting Ecotourism in Costa Rica – Campaign Summary

Happy Travellers

Costa Rica

When we think about ecotourism in Costa Rica, we immediately imagine pristine beaches, rich rainforests, stunning wildlife, landscapes and national parks. But what about people, food and culture? Can conscious travellers visit Costa Rica and experience local food and culture in a truly authentic way? Can they connect with the locals and have a proper cultural exchange? This was the main focus …

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An innovative city tour of San José, Costa Rica

Happy Travellers

Costa Rica

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about ecotourism and rural tourism in Costa Rica. At the end of last year we organised a tour for Hannah, Kasi and Simone, bloggers and members of the Ethical Influencer Network. Last month, Simone wrote about their experience on the organic farm, Finca Sura. Now, Kasi is back to tell us …

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Wildlife watching in Colombia – Touring the Amazon rainforest

Ecotourism

Colombia

Last time, Elena’s post was about La Guajira: Where Desert and the Caribbean Sea Meet. We got an insight look on the lifestyle in such unusual environmental conditions. Today we travel with Elena to one of the most magnificent places on earth: the Amazon rainforest. Her main focus was wildlife watching in Colombia, and this is the perfect location for this …

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Where Desert and the Caribbean Sea Meet – Indigenous tourism in La Guajira

Responsible Tourism

Colombia

Last time, Elena shared with us her stunning pictures of a whale-watching trip to the Pacific Ocean in Colombia. We are now moving to La Guajira, the driest region of the country, where Elena submerged herself in a different culture and way of living. Central to her experience was indigenous tourism in La Guajira – and the Wayuu are protagonists of her …

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Xandari, a sustainable lodge in Costa Rica

Responsible Tourism

Costa Rica

Our last blog post was about Simone sharing her thoughts on organic farming and rural tourism in Costa Rica. Today we turn our eyes to what Jocelyn from the Xandari Resort and Spa writes about the great work that is done at the lodge in terms of sustainability. They work very hard, in partnership with the local community, to improve the sustainability of the area. …

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