The Wonder of Iguazú

In February, we visited what is arguably one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders – Iguazú Falls. Our visit marked the perfect end to an amazing journey in South America, filled with wonderful memories and some of the most mind-blowing experiences one could ever hope for. Perhaps the absolute awe of this occasion led … Continue reading

Amazon Adventure Part III

Earlier on in the week Ramiro had talked to us about a photography competition he was running in Napo. The prize was a handmade, artisanal necklace and a daytrip to one of the regions’ tourism gems – Cascada Pimpilala. By the end of the week, he had chosen his winner and invited us to come … Continue reading

Amazon Adventure Part II

We arrived at our host family’s home by taravita (Spanish for rusty and life-threatening cable car) late the next afternoon after walking through sweltering heat and pouring rain from the bus drop off point a few kilometres away. Apparently few volunteers venture out this way, preferring the creature comforts of life in the city. All … Continue reading

Amazon Adventure Part I

The word Amazon conjures in the imagination wildly primitive, exotic images – lush, dense tropical forests, steamy days bathing in wide anaconda infested rivers, grass huts, exotic foods, colourful and diverse wildlife, and some of the most preserved indigenous civilizations on the face of our planet. Those images are spot on! The Amazon is one … Continue reading

La Loma Kids Win a Trip to Cuicocha

As part of the Government of the Parish of Cuellaje’s efforts to clean up and green-up this beautiful part of the world, for the past several weeks they have been running a competition between the schools in the Parish to see who could collect the most plastic bottles. Last week the results came in and … Continue reading

Australian Ecotourism Recognised By United Nations Sponsored, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Ecotourism Australia is proud to be one of ten organisations in the world to be recognised by the United Nations Foundation sponsored Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Ecotourism Australia’s Ecotourism and Advanced Ecotourism Certification have been formally recognised along with the Rainforest Alliance’s Standard for Tourism Operators and eight other certification programs around the globe…. via … Continue reading

Helping to Develop Sustainable Tourism in Cuellaje

Cuellaje is situated in the Intag Zone of Ecuador, well known for its riches in ecological biodiversity and the famous endangered Andean Bear. Unfortunately the region is not untouched by mining activity. The town of Junin has become a mining hub in Intag, despite its proximity to the nationally protected Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. During 2006-07 the people of the … Continue reading

Christmas Festivities in the Mountains of Ecuador

Imagine a place folded into the surrounding mountains that plunge into the valley way down below. A place where water flows in such an abundance that every inch of land is tainted green with vegetation, where mountain peaks drift in and out of the cloud forest and where the most deafening sound is that of … Continue reading

New 7 Wonders of Nature

New 7 Wonders on SustainableTrip.org Blog.

Finding Honest Ecotourism: Challenges and Benefits

Finding Honest Ecotourism: Challenges and Benefits.

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