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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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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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What I Learned About Urbanization in 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 Jungle

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 activity. On her own words:
The Amazon is …

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