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Posts Tagged ‘The International Ecotourism Society’

Something in the Water and Air: Costa Rica’s Pura Vida – A Portrait of Glenn Jampol

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 December 2013

This is the first in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. Like Glenn Jampol (the focus of this article), the subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida.

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The Fight For Survival: Elephants in Laos

  • Phyllis Kaplan
  • 22 July 2013

Laos was once called the “the land of a million elephants,” but currently there are fewer than 900 living elephants in Laos: 450 domestic and 400 wild. ElefantAsia has partnered with Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos, to address this sad issue. However, going to the ECC is anything but sad. For me it was transformative to be with these animals.

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Sustainable Design and Adapting Tourism Architecture in Jordan and Morocco

  • Michael Soncina
  • 18 April 2013

While attending this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), attendees were fortunate enough to listen to a fantastic panel discussion led by Muna Haddad, from the Baraka Consulting Agency, on conducting tourism in a crisis situation. She gave interesting examples of realities and perceptions of life in her home country of Jordan, and how communication channels like social media disrupt reality and create illusions that can have an enormous effect on a destination.

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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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The Last Sea Turtle Refuge: Padre Ramos Estuary, Nicaragua

  • Brad Nahill
  • 5 December 2012

A wide beach on a warm clear evening may be the most relaxing setting on earth. We enjoyed it before setting to work in Padre Ramos Estuary, El Savador, one of the world’s most inspiring sea turtle conservation projects. Our motley group of international sea turtle experts was there as part of a research expedition to study and protect one of the world’s most endangered turtle populations: the Eastern Pacific hawksbill sea turtle.

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Yunnan Ecotourism: A Short Hike to Explore the Fascinating Sights Beyond Lijiang City, China

  • Lily Zhang
  • 30 October 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve been outside the city of Lijiang (Yunnan, China) due to my work schedule. Wenhai village, where the local people still adhere to traditional culture and lifestyle, is located northwest of Lijiang city at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Mount Satseto), the highest mountain in Lijiang.

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Seeking Positive Changes: Biodynamic Farm Internship at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, Costa Rica

  • Antonio Marxuach
  • 22 August 2012

Here at Luna Nueva, we are preparing ourselves to be conscientious cultivators, dedicated to the seed, defenders of the soil. Farming in the biodynamic tradition empowers us with tools for healing and restoring the earth. Walking these grounds awakens one to the vitality of a living Earth and the necessity of maintaining an open dialogue with Her.

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Oxlajuj B’atz’ Maya Women’s Center: Hands-on Cultural Tours in the Heart of Guatemala

  • Oxlajuj B'atz'
  • 6 August 2012

Oxlajuj B’atz’ (OB) – meaning “Thirteen Threads” in the Maya Kaqchikel language – is a non-profit organization in Guatemala supporting indigenous women’s empowerment and education. OB offers travelers the opportunity to tour rural Guatemala and to learn about Mayan women achieving economic independence through innovative and sustainable development projects.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacation on the Greek Island of Zakynthos

  • Angie Aspinall
  • 13 July 2012

If, like me, you’re the sort of person who likes bird-watching in Lesvos, walking in Madeira or soaking up the sun on a beach in Corfu, then it’s safe to say that Zakynthos needs you. Lately there’s been a decrease in people like us holidaying on this beautiful Ionian island and an increase in younger people looking for a ‘club 18-30’ style holiday. As a result, the wildlife on the island is suffering and a resurgence of ecotourism would help.

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Short-Term Voluntours – Can You Really Make A Difference?

  • Leanne Haigh, Acacia Africa
  • 6 July 2012

Voluntourism has generated a growing feel-good factor to travel by creating opportunities for the everyday traveller and not just the career-minded charity worker. But the question remains: Can you make a difference when you’re a short-term tourist? Although the debate appears to be ongoing, it’s not essential to be on a three-month sabbatical if you want to give something back.

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