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A stay in a Mapuche community in Chile: Reconnecting with nature

Ecotourism

Chile

In a hidden corner of the Southern Andes in Chile, about 8 hours by bus from Santiago and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, you will find the community of Quinquén. The name comes from the Mapuche word Kmkañhue, which means “place of refuge”. Formed by a group of indigenous families dedicated to the forest, this community is part of the Mapuche …

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Trekking the Chicamocha Canyon in Colombia

Ecotourism

Colombia

The Chicamocha Canyon in Colombia, located in the northeast of the country, is one of the largest canyons in the world. Close to the city of Bucaramanga, the charming town of Barichara and the backpacker hotspot of San Gil, it is considered to be one of the country’s natural wonders and a top hiking destination. A day spent trekking the …

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Monteverde Footprints Tour: Exploring the cloud forest in Costa Rica

Responsible Tourism

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned for its natural beauty and rich flora and fauna, with the core of the country’s tourism offer lying beyond its cities, towns and developed coastal zones. Costa Rica offers tourists countless ecotourism possibilities in both exotic seaside locations and mountainous regions. Monteverde, located in the northern part of Puntarenas province, is one such example, a destination …

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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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Villa Pardo – Sustainable rural tourism in Buenos Aires Province

Ecotourism

Argentina

Villa Pardo is much more than a rural tourism destination; it is a small town that has harnessed its history, identity and natural heritage to look towards the future. Located just 220km from the Argentine capital,  members of the community have come together to reverse the town’s decline and champion a kind of tourism firmly rooted in the principles of …

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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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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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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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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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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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