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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.

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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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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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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Where Desert and the Caribbean Sea Meet – Indigenous tourism in La Guajira

Responsible Tourism

Colombia

 
Last time, Elena shared with us her stunning pictures of a whale-watching trip to the Pacific Ocean in Colombia. We are now moving to La Guajira, the driest region of the country, where Elena submerged herself in a different culture and way of living. Central to her experience was indigenous tourism in La Guajira – and the Wayuu are protagonists of her …

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Xandari, a sustainable lodge in Costa Rica

Responsible Tourism

Costa Rica

 
Our last blog post was about Simone sharing her thoughts on organic farming and rural tourism in Costa Rica. Today we turn our eyes to what Jocelyn from the Xandari Resort and Spa Costa Rica writes about the great work that is done at the lodge in terms of sustainability. They work very hard, in partnership with the local community, to improve the sustainability of …

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Community-based Tourism in Nicaragua: An experience infused with the aroma of sustainable coffee

Responsible Tourism

Nicaragua

In this blog post, we take a closer look at community-based tourism in Nicaragua, focusing on one of the communities included in our latest Unexplored Nicaragua Tour: La Fundadora community. The post follows on from last week’s post Exploring Nicaragua – the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, and offers a personal perspective as to how community-based tourism can be a …

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Totonal Viajes: Pioneers of Responsible Tourism in Mexico

Responsible Tourism

Mexico

 
To introduce our latest local partner, Totonal Viajes que Iluminan, and our exciting Deepest Mexico Tour, we interviewed Totonal’s Director and Founder, Marisol Herrera. Totonal are a pioneer of responsible tourism in Mexico, and we are proud to have partnered with them to design a 15 day tour that enables inquisitive travellers to experience a little known side of the country that’s …

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Food for thought: Local food and sustainable development

Responsible Tourism

Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru

Last year I spent 3 months researching the appetite for local food in the English hospitality sector, looking in detail at levels of engagement with local produce and suppliers. Whilst this isn’t the time or place to bore you with the details, there are a few general points that are worth sharing – and which broadly tie in with our …

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Fair Trade Adventures of a Lifetime – Small Group Tours to Latin America

Responsible Tourism

Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia

 
If you are reading this blog post, most likely you consume fair trade products on a regular basis. The fair trade movement has grown considerably in recent years, but tourism is one industry where it is failing to establish itself. It is pretty simple to find fair trade coffee or bananas in a supermarket, or fair trade handicrafts online. But …

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Discovering Rural Tourism in Argentina: The Yungas Region

Responsible Tourism

Argentina

 
Last February, Hervé, a member of our Argentinian ground team took part in a journey to experience rural tourism in Argentina with members of the local NGO ProYungas, an organisation which supports rural communities in the Yungas region of northern Argentina to develop sustainable tourism programmes as a supplement to their traditional livelihoods.
In his own words…
Community-based tourism in the Quebrada de Humahuaca
I met Avelina from the …

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