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Posts Tagged ‘bird-watching’

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 – 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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Preserving Nature in Nicaragua: Ecotourism at Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 11 December 2013

Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast is often considered to be purely a surf destination, but an altogether different type of ecotourism escape awaits travelers at the secluded and exclusive bungalow community of Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge.

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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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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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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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The Top 10 Things to Do in Senegal

  • Africa.com
  • 13 June 2012

Senegal has it all: it is one the most beautiful countries of the West African coast. Most tourists come for the region’s exceptional weather—more than three thousand hours of sunlight per year—and dazzling, sparsely populated beaches. But Senegal also offers a broad variety of crafts and textiles, and the country’s six major game parks and reserves have great opportunities for hunting, bird watching, and ecotourism.

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Ecotourism in the Bahamas: San Salvador’s Lagoon

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 23 May 2012

There’s an island in the Caribbean skirted by beaches of fine white powder that give way to pristine waters of disarming blue. This is San Salvador, one of the beachheads of the Bahamas and home to a surpassingly beautiful and uncorrupted tidal body of water known as the Lagoon. You can take it all in – mangroves, birds, fish and ambiance – on a boat tour offered by only one company.

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How to Be a Slow Traveller: Choose the Right Accommodation

  • whl.travel
  • 14 March 2012

In the best-selling book and motion picture ‘Eat Pray Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert spends an entire year on the road. She visits three different countries for four months each. How did she do it? Apart from having a book deal already in place to fund her journey, she also travelled smart and travelled slow, especially in her choice of lodging. From Italy to India and Indonesia, she chose longer-term apartment and lodge rental.

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Rediscovering Home in the Suburbs of Sydney, Australia

  • Len Cordiner
  • 29 February 2012

My wife and I started our own ‘slow travel’ mission. For the past four months, we have been checking out the natural world in and around Sydney – starting in our own backyard. We were amazed – thrilled, even – at what we found. In the large tracts of mangrove forest and bushland, we couldn’t see any hint of suburbia. Instead, we encountered many different species of plants and wildflowers.

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