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Posts Tagged ‘Marcela Torres’

May I Take a Picture of You?

  • Marcela Torres
  • 10 October 2012

Meeting people from other countries and cultures is part of the magic of traveling. We often encounter charming people that share their traditions with us and we can’t resist the temptation of capturing that moment with our photographic cameras. This enthusiastic impulse, however, may sometimes cause an unexpected negative reaction.

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Chilean Patagonia with Hydroelectric Dams?

  • Marcela Torres
  • 25 May 2012

The Chilean Patagonia’s landscape may change forever. Why? Because the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in favor of a major hydroelectric project may flood a large portion of one of the most pristine areas in Patagonia. This could cause permanent environmental damage and affect the region’s tourism, which promotes its untouched nature.

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To Climb or Not to Climb Uluru in Australia

  • Marcela Torres
  • 16 March 2012

The Aboriginal sacred site of Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock – is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural icons. The time seems right to ponder over a question that has for decades been the subject of a much-heated debate: Should tourists be allowed to climb the rock or not? Respecting indigenous cultures and local traditions is at the core of the responsible tourism concept and it is the center of the controversy over Uluru.

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Irresponsible Tourism and the Forest Fire in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  • Marcela Torres
  • 6 February 2012

Vast areas were destroyed by a fire that forced the closure of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park between December 29, 2011, and January 4, 2012, and caused permanent environmental damage in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, it was not the first time that a fire has started as a result of a tourist’s irresponsible conduct.

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Indigenous Communities and Tourism: The Benefits of Co-Management in Chile

  • Marcela Torres
  • 20 December 2011

Co-management of protected areas by both the state and local communities is one of the best ways to guarantee that tourism will provide economic and social benefits to many people who would otherwise be marginalized, at the same time that it ensures protection for the environment on which these communities rely for their income. An excellent example is the Soncor Sector of Los Flamencos National Reserve, in the Atacama Desert of the Antofagasta Region, in northern Chile.

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