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What is a homestay in Guatemala really like?

Responsible Tourism

Guatemala

 
In recent years the popularity and visibility of homestay lodging experiences has grown and attracted many tourists. Homestays offer a wide range of experiences, from staying in a beautiful cottage on a farm to sleeping in a hammock! Depending on the level of adventurousness or comfort you prefer, you can choose from an abundance of hosts and locations. Sofia and …

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How Community Tourism 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 – Rio 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 Rio 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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Ecotourism in Costa Rica – A Trip Through Gorgeous Nosara

Ecotourism

Costa Rica

 
While not being much into yoga or surf, I didn’t know what to expect from my first trip to Nosara, a beach town in Guanacaste dominated by the two activities. After having lived in the country for several years, I traveled to the idyllic beach known for big waves and good vibes in search of other ways to enjoy sustainable tourism …

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Exploring the Andes – Photos from Life in South America’s Magnificent Mountains

Ecotourism

Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile

 
As the dominant mountain chain of South America and one of the longest-running chains in the world, the Andes is central to a number of holiday destinations in the region. Whether it be in the cities like Medellín, La Paz or Quito carved into the mountains, or in the far-off and isolated countrysides that awe with spectacular scenery, the mountain range …

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Community-based tourism in the Colca Valley: Building together in Coporaque, Peru

Happy Travellers

Peru

 
When thinking about tourism in southern Peru, most destinations go often overlooked beneath the fabled Machu Picchu. Though the famous Incan site can always make for an incredible journey, other parts of the Andes Mountains in Peru’s south have proven to be well worth a visit as well. In recent years, world travelers have begun noticing the amazing sights and …

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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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Indigenous tourism and jungle adventures at Sani Ecolodge in Ecuador

Ecotourism

Ecuador

 
In the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest exists a jewel of sustainable tourism. The Sani Lodge, named after the native people that host and run it, is an ecolodge in Ecuador. At the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Sani Lodge offers an up-close look at one of Latin America’s greatest natural wonders, which local indigenous communities are trying to preserve with the …

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