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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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Dolphin and whale-watching in Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica

Happy Travellers

Costa Rica

 
Travelling in Costa Rica almost certainly means a stop at a beautiful beach to catch a tour to spot the magnificent whales that roam these warm waters. We recently spent a weekend whale watching in Marino Ballena National Park, on the Pacific Coast. Noted for its iconic whale tail formation carved naturally into the sand, visitors from across the world flock …

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Ethical Tour Operators Group – Promoting ethical tourism worldwide

Responsible Tourism

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay

 
Our friends at Tourism Concern are doing some amazing things to improve the sustainable tourism industry. As part of their model, they have created the Ethical Tour Operators Group (ETOG), which brings together travel agencies and tour operators that are promoting ethical practices like ecotourism or socially responsible rural tourism. As a proud member of ETOG, we are thrilled to share the …

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Community-based Tourism in Argentina – Traveling Through Beautiful Salta Province

Happy Travellers

Argentina

 
Happy traveler Margaux went on a week-long trip through Salta province with our trusted local partner in Argentina, where she visited local communities to learn about their way of life and share an incredible experience with her gracious guests. As she illustrates, community-based tourism in Argentina is an amazing opportunity to see a different side of the country, away from …

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