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Indigenous tourism in Mexico: a story of women’s empowerment

Responsible Tourism

Mexico

Cuetzalan del Progreso, located in the state of Puebla, Mexico, is a town steeped in indigenous legacy. Due to its climatic and geographic characteristics, many refer to it as a sanctuary of biodiversity and the area is indeed known for its dense vegetation, mountain ranges and multiple waterfalls. The indigenous inhabitants of Cuetzalan maintain their traditional culture and way of …

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Rural tourism in Chiloe Island, one of Chile’s hidden gems

Responsible Tourism

Chile

 
Every Chilean has heard about Chiloe Island. If you ask anyone in Chile, they will tell you Chiloe is a place of magic, where witches and mythological creatures still wander around. And if they are lucky to have visited the island, they will definitely speak about the friendliness of its inhabitants, known as chilotes. When I first went to the …

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Visiting the Atacama Desert and meeting its ancestral inhabitants: the Lickan Antay people

Responsible Tourism

Chile

 
Atacama: few words sound so mystic and appealing. The idea of deserts has always blown humans’ minds because of the openness, the toughness and the challenging conditions for life. When it comes to the Atacama Desert, it is no wonder that this enigmatic place has been one of the main destinations for explorers of South America in the last 40 …

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An Ecotourism Adventure in Guatemala’s El Paredon Beach

Ecotourism

Guatemala

 
Located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, El Paredón is a quiet village of fishermen near the Sipacate Naranjo National Park. Its mangroves provide a home for a vast biodiversity, and its volcanic black sand beaches are great for surfing. Each year, the humpback whale migrates along the coast. Also, hundreds of turtles nest and then embark on the journey …

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Breathtaking wildlife encounters on our Patagonia holiday

Happy Travellers

Argentina

 
This post is a contribution by happy travellers Gemma and Andrew who planned their Patagonia holiday through Sumak Travel. This was their third trip with us, and we were thrilled to be able to provide them with a personalised adventure, again! In Andrew’s words:
As our plane circled high above the curving contours of the River Plate, little did we know what …

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From turtle predators to anonymous heroes – Responsible voluntourism in Mexico

Responsible Tourism

Mexico

 
In the community of Escobilla (Oaxaca, Mexico), the beach is 25 km long and is the favorite nesting spot for two species of sea turtles in danger of extinction: the green and the leatherback turtles. This beach is also important for the olive ridley sea turtle, which is almost constantly spawning. It sounds exciting, right? Well… not so many years …

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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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