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South America's iconic vicuñas

  Visitors to part of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru (where it's the national animal and is even on the country's coat of arms) may come across this quintessential South American mammal, a camelid related to guanacos, llamas, and alpacas (which are descended from vicuñas) The smallest of the camelids, vicuñas stand about three feet tall at the shoulder; weigh between 70 and 150 pounds; and have long necks and legs as well as relatively small heads with long pointed ears.  …

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Cruising Brazil's Amazon: not your typical tourist destination

Amazon Nature Tours   I am a hiker. But at home no one uses a machete to blaze the trail prior to walking on it as did our guide Souza, creating a path in the overgrown rainforest step by step. Slicing, swatting, swooping, chopping, no branch, bush, vine or twig was safe. The hike was one of four daily activities during our eight-day adventure exploring Brazil's Amazonia. Calling the Tucano, an 18-passenger river yacht operated by Amazon Nature Tours home, we traveled over 200 miles along the…

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Gorillas in your midst in Rwanda

  There is a saying in Rwanda, "God roams the world but comes to rest in Rwanda." And so do 700-pkus mountain gorillas (over half of the surviving species in the world) who inhabit Volcanoes National Park. This is a stunning area surrounded to the southwest by the Nyungwe Forest (the largest montane rainforest in the area) where colobus monkeys and 250 species of birds thrive, to the east by the magnificent Akagera National Park and to the west by the picturesque islands of Lake Kivu.  …

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  • Hello! this is great news and the report on the trip was also wonderful. Would you mind if we share it with others? It would be great if you could allow us to spread the word...thanks so much and Im delighted to hear about your great experience
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  • Further to the last comment.

    The term Ecotourism is the umbrella name for the types of tourism that focus on natural areas. It is also responsible travel, that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people.

    There are two main types of  TOURS:

    1) NATURE TOURS (e.g. a tour that visits a beach or a wildlife sanctuary)
    Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas.

    2) ECO TOURS… (tours which incorporate ALL 4 aspects; Nature, Culture, Environmental & Conservation)
    Ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation….as well as a strong focus on LOCAL operation.

    TIES (The International Ecotourism Society) sets out these guidelines very clearly.

    You can also find more info on our Auckland Eco-tour.

  • The term ecotourism usually only encompasses the natural side of a location and its preservation through tourism, however the local human side of things is often overlooked. This following trip is a way to to discover West Africa's 'Smiling Coast'. 

    What better way to discover the local side of The Gambia than with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced local guide who will share his love for his country with you and take you to places that you wouldn't be able to find on a normal package holiday. To learn more, click here.



  • fantastic photos of Arrábida Hills
  • Hi all - I'm going to be writing a fortnightly blog on Middle East environment website Green Prophet, focusing especially on eco-tourism and environmental issues around tourism. My GreenProphet profile is here, and if you have any news to share on MENA-region ecotourism please get in touch through my website here
  • Yep, you're bad, but all in the name of GOOD. 
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