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Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 February 2014

Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. That might seem like an odd logical leap, but all efforts to conserve existing forests and regenerate degraded lands merit a closer look. This is especially true in places like Costa Rica.

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Something in the Water and Air: Costa Rica’s Pura Vida

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 December 2013

My decision to visit Costa Rica was certainly heavily influenced by the country’s reputation as a world leader in sustainable tourism, but also by its unmuted colors, unblunted fragrances and flavors, unchecked natural abundance, and unrestrained and emotive faces. In other words, it has something to do with its mysterious Pura Vida.

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Community-Based Tourism in Northern Nicaragua

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 15 July 2013

These days, people living in the northern highlands of Nicaragua enjoy a far more tranquil existence than the war-torn 1980s. These peaceful times have helped in the welcome growth of a variety of successful community-based tourism projects. These local responsible travel initiatives are improving the livelihoods of local mountain residents.

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Exploring a True Wilderness in Peru’s Manu National Park

  • The International Ecotourism Society
  • 14 February 2013

An interview with Luis Felipe Raffo, founder of the family-owned Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, located in Peru’s Manu National Park. Manu National Park – a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site – is in Peru’s southern Amazon rainforest, one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon that is still accessible to travelers.

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel: Worth It? Try Panama’s Palenque Island

  • Rachel Kowalczyk
  • 3 December 2012

On my last visit to Panama, I learned firsthand that the benefits of travel off the beaten path are not exclusive to the rich and famous. During my time to Panama, a country that for now remains relatively “undiscovered,” I was particularly enamoured of my stay on a remote island where the natural environment has been preserved through the conscientious efforts of an eco-development company.

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Off the Beaten Track: My Amazon Story

  • Juan Paredes Goicochea
  • 26 November 2012

The Amazon is one of those ‘must go’ places that ordinary people dream of and seasoned travellers brag about having visited. It is the ideal escape if you are looking for something exotic, adventurous, contrasting and genuine. And now I promote a local, responsible and sustainable approach to travel in the Amazon with a focus on authentic local experiences, nature-based activities and sustainable practices, all aligned with what I consider to be a basic yet meaningful travel philosophy – “it is all about the people.”

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Birds, Trees and Wildlife: Ecotourism in Mauritius

  • Angie Aspinall (text) Richard Aspinall (photos)
  • 13 November 2012

The natural history of Mauritius makes a strong case for conservation. After all, it’s an island where many native species have already become extinct, most notably the Dodo. Our principal reason for visiting was to learn about the nature conservation work being carried out. We learned that if your idea of a holiday in Mauritius has been all about lying on a beach in the sunshine, think again! Mauritius is a dream destination for ecotourists.

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Q&A with Courtenay Rooks of Paria Springs in Trinidad and Tobago

  • Adventure Travel News
  • 16 October 2012

Courtenay Rooks – adventurer, naturalist, conservationist, ecotourism expert, TV host and family man – has long desired to develop ecotourism in Trinidad and Tobago. This is fueled by his exploring, hiking, diving, mountain biking, birding, surfing, snorkeling, adventure racing and kayaking while studying natural history for over 35 years in many far-flung places, but mostly Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Natural Gem of Praia do Forte, Brazil, Joins the Ranks of whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 9 October 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. Stretched across 12 kilometres of fresh, unpolluted Atlantic seashore, the small resort town of Praia do Forte – former fishing village that still maintains its sense of quiet history and unspoiled nature – is an up-and-coming beach holiday destination in Brazil’s Bahia state.

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whl.travel Welcomes Indonesia’s Coastal Paradise of Manado

  • whl.travel
  • 6 September 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND INDONESIAN. As the provincial capital of North Sulawesi in Indonesia, the coastal town of Manado is the stunning region’s gateway. Surrounded by lush greenery, azure seas, majestic volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls and an abundance of natural beauty, Manado truly is an ideal destination for travellers looking to enjoy ecotourism experiences.

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