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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. …Read more…
Hey, Eugenia! We visited Mawamba last year and had a wonderful time. We wrote a great story about our experience, which you can find here:
Im so happy to meet you guys and invite you to visit our Eco Lodge located in the North Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, in the area of TORTUGUERO National Park & Canals. Mawamba Lodge, is the ideal hideaway for your nature vacation! Our other Lodge, Trogon Lodge, in the area of San Gerardo de Dota, near the Central Valley of San Jose is an ideal birdwatching area. visit us at www.grupomawamba.com You wont regret it!
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.