Contributed by Emma Bell
|Jaguar Lake, La Pedregoza|
Defining Ecotourism, Putting it into Practice
|Cooling off in rainforest stream|
- Encouraging conscientious travel which is non-invasive, minimizing impact wherever possible. Travelers can do this by using only established routes, using public transport where possible, cleaning up after their stay, and respecting their environment. Businesses can do this by off-setting their carbon through energy-saving practices as well as buying carbon credits from programs like CO2 Tropical Trees.
- Building an awareness of environmental and cultural issues in the region and drawing appropriate attention to social and political challenges in an open and transparent dialogue.
- Ensuring that profit from travel-related ventures go directly towards conservation and preservation efforts of the area.
- Empowering local communities by giving them a direct role in decision-making, as well as helping their respective economies to flourish. Tourists should be encouraged to purchase local products and businesses should source local, ethical and sustainable goods where possible.
- Providing an authentic and off-the-beaten track experience for travelers, enabling them to discover a part of the world through a non-corporate lens.
Mainstream Industries and Specialized Ventures
|Kayaking in the rainforest|
|Meeting an anaconda at night|