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Pueblos Mancomunados: An example of rural tourism in Oaxaca, Mexico

Responsible Tourism

Mexico

A visit to the Pueblos Mancomunados offers travellers a unique opportunity to experience rural tourism in Oaxaca and at the same be inspired by the value systems of these ‘people of the clouds’ who live here.

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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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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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Rural adventures in La Calera – A homestay in Ecuador

Happy Travellers

Ecuador

Happy Travellers Ann and Geoff spent an incredible five weeks travelling in Ecuador with our trusted local partner. During their first three and a half weeks, they opted to stay with a local family in the small traditional village of La Calera, just 3kms from the town of Cotacachi in the north of the county. Here, they really got into …

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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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An Ecotourism Adventure in Guatemala’s El Paredon Beach

Ecotourism

Guatemala

Located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, El Paredón is a quiet village of fishermen near the Sipacate Naranjo National Park. Its mangroves provide a home for a vast biodiversity, and its volcanic black sand beaches are great for surfing. Each year, the humpback whale migrates along the coast. Also, hundreds of turtles nest and then embark on the journey …

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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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