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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 Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Can Tourism Help Save the Tiger?

  • Brad Nahill
  • 17 December 2012

Tigers are one of the most charismatic and beautiful animals on earth. They are the world’s largest cat and can live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. Most of the world’s tigers live in India among a number of national parks and tiger reserves but their numbers are decreasing rapidly. Tiger tourism has become a hot button issue in India, with the country’s recent Supreme Court decision to end a moratorium on tourism in these reserves.

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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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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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Going Local in Rajasthan, India, on a Bishnoi Village Safari

  • Divij Pasrija
  • 21 October 2012

Choosing to take a break in rural Rajasthan, four friends and I left Delhi in search of a travel experience that would be different than the usual touristy stuff. We decided on a Bishnoi Village Safari, which included an adventurous trip through the deserts surrounding Jodhpur and an intimate experience of the rural life of the Bishnois – an ancient clan from Rajasthan.

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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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Photo of the Week: Nesting Green Turtle, North Cyprus

  • Andrea Barden (photo and text)
  • 31 August 2012

This green turtle is of one of many green and loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) that come to nest every year on the beaches all around the coast of North Cyprus. Volunteers came across this stunning female in the early hours of the morning and were able to watch her crawl up the beach, dig out a body pit and egg chamber, lay her eggs and then cover them up with sand using her powerful front flippers.

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African Rain: Still a Super Safari, With or Without It

  • Francesco Pierre-Nina
  • 24 July 2012

So many of this season’s drives have been spectacular, if not simply stunning, both in dry and wet conditions. One damp morning, after riveting rain and hailstorms pounded us, we took off blind in thick fog. We bundubashed out of camp to see if we could locate three particular cheetahs, although given the conditions we may have been happier snug in bed. No way. Not after what we saw!

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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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