Month

March 2011
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If this is ecotourism, count me in! That was what my husband said after stepping off the inflatable raft we had been on for the last hour and a half. We had arrived at Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica and had been greeted by the manager with a big smile and an even bigger cup...
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Our inspiring video taken of our travels in 2011 features environmental and social sustainability in Costa Rica!  Costa Rica comprises only .01% of the earth’s landmass, yet is home to 5% of the planet’s biodiversity!  As such, ecotourism is the economic lifeline of Costa Rica.  Discover some of the beautiful parts of Costa Rica with its many national parks and reserves as...
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The Rainforest Alliance has developed a new tool to help travelers and consumers understand the effect that sustainable tourism has for benefiting local communities and the environment.  Click on the SmartLodge graphic below to travel to a typical eco-lodge and learn how objects in the room specifically support indigenous communities, emphasize environmental education, support conservation efforts and minimize...
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Our first impressions of San Jose reminded us of the surrounding hills and valleys of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. My husband and I had just landed (via San Salvador) and the warm, moist air was a lovely change from a winter up north that just cannot seem to lose its grip on...
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In general, European vacationers view ecotourism as a way to minimize their carbon footprint entirely by first traveling by train, for example, and then staying in rural areas where they can hike or go camping. To that end, a European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS) was developed in 1995 to “to improve the sustainable development...
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Save the sea turtles, save the world!  This post was contributed by Brad Nahill, Co-Founder of SEE Turtles and SEEtheWILD.  I met Brad during last year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC).  Brad started SEE Turtles with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in 2007 to build the market for sea turtle conservation tourism.   Since its launch...
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Given the disconnected transportation network of the region, here are some helpful hints for greener travel. In some respects, it seems that traveling to and through South America is very complicated and time-consuming.  Yet, for all the delays, the scenery of the region more than makes up for any traveler hassle.  Whether it’s exploring the...
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As one of the top tourism destinations in the world, Greece is best known for its relaxed lifestyle, white-washed buildings, beautiful beaches and seas, gorgeous blue skies, ancient culture and mythology, and delicious food. Perhaps, I am a little biased since I was born there, but Greece is an extraordinary family-friendly destination as well. Now,...
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Recently Alfredo Ferreyros, the President of Explorandes Peru, which is a sustainable tour operator offering authentic ecotours to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, answered some questions about the process his company went through to obtain ISO 14001 designation. As a manner of introduction, the intention of the...
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India Helping Communities with Travel
For generations, nature and wildlife conservation has been a part of the Indian culture and heritage. From its highest peak at Kanchenjunga to the Indian Ocean, amazing India also spells variety and adventure. A land of rich and varied geography including the Himalayan Region, Kerala and the Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshdweep Islands, India offers such...
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