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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.

From turtle predators to anonymous heroes – Responsible voluntourism in Mexico

Responsible Tourism

Mexico

In the community of Escobilla in the state of 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… …

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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 Tours 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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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, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Panama

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 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 the area. …

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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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