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Greenloons signs ATTA Value Statement emphasizing ethics, child protection, sustainability and community

Tourism is the largest industry in the world and, as such, has the power to (positively or negatively) change lives and impact communities. Along with that, Greenloons has consistently advocated the values of authentic ecotourism,...
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Travel Tips For Going Green during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

One of my travel bucket list destinations is Rio de Janeiro in Brazil during Carnival. This year, Carnival, a festival that is all about parties and fun (and dare I say lots of deadly sins),...
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Eco Quito Green & Conservation Mindset

Last month, I spent five days in the Quito area of Ecuador and was enthralled by the region’s austerity, beauty, history and green mindset. Upon first glance, eco Quito topography is breathtaking – simply astounding!...
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Intrepid Foundation Aiming to Provide Alternative to Wildlife Trafficking

How do you know that your eco-travels can make a huge impact on wildlife conservation? One practical tip is to investigate exactly how much an ecotour operator is contributing toward conservation efforts. One such example...
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Community Empowerment From Social Entrepreneur in Sierra Gorda (en espanol)

When you travel to a new region or land in the world, there is always an experience that sticks with you. It could be something ordinary, such as a brief moment of complete relaxation when...
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10 Tips for NOT Looking Like a Tourist

One of my most favorite moments during a vacation comes when another tourist asks me (or my husband) for directions.  That gesture represents a couple of concepts to me.  First, it means that we do not look...
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My historical travel adventure through Chiapas, Mexico

When I first heard that this year’s Adventure Travel World Summit was to be held in Chiapas, Mexico in the small, colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas, frankly I was a bit nervous....
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Celebrate Diwali in India

Diwali or the “festival of lights” is a celebration of the inner light that exists in all humankind. The holiday is as important to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians. This year, the festival will...
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Culture and Music Abound at the Lake of Stars Arts Festival in Malawi

The Malawi Lake of Stars Music Festival is a three-day international arts festival held on the shores of Lake Malawi, the third biggest lake in Africa. Now in its 8th year, this festival will run from...
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Does Ecotourism Help Communities? Perspective from Mexico

Tourism is the largest industry in the world and as such has the power to greatly benefit communities and elevate people’s standards of living. I had an opportunity to ask Enrique Valdes Garcia, who is...
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