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Category: Responsible Tourism

This blog category features responsible tourism in Latin America. Learn more about innovative and effective initiatives that use tourism as a tool to generate positive impacts at local level.

Alternative Lima city tours, an example of responsible tourism in Peru

Responsible Tourism

Peru

Lima has recently undergone a rebirth and is now vying for travellers’ attention alongside some of Peru’s top tourist attractions. It hasn’t yet shaken off its grimy urban feel, or developed a functional transport system, but it lures travellers with promises of world-class gastronomy, a buzzing contemporary art scene and vibrant nightlife.
Due to significant internal migration, Lima is also a …

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A city tour of Arequipa, the White City of Peru

Responsible Tourism

Peru

Arequipa may be second to Lima in terms of population size and economic activity, and behind both Cusco and Lima for visitor numbers, but it is a worthy rival to both cities in terms of cuisine, historical significance and location. Once referred to as ‘The Independent Republic of Arequipa’ by anthropologist Thomas Love, the city has a strong regional identity and …

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Indigenous tourism in Peru: An Amazon rainforest tour in Shipetiari

Responsible Tourism

Peru

In a remote and pristine corner of the Peruvian Amazon, the indigenous Shipetiari community is welcoming travellers to their home. Shipetiari is located in the buffer zone of Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, one of the most well-preserved parts of the Peruvian Amazon. Located in south-eastern Peru, the park is the meeting point of the Tropical Andes and the Amazon …

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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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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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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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