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Ecoportal Wildlife Ecotours  Travel Style

Ecoportal Wildlife Ecotours strives to discover local culture, ecology and life. We do this by utilizing an assortment of transportation, such as dugout canoes, vintage buses, jeeps . Sometimes we stay in a charming bed and breakfast, other times it's a family farm or historic hacienda, and then there's the jungle caba˝as. It's all part of the fun and discovery of travel!

Freedom and Travel 
The freedom of independent travel with the security of a group is key to our adventures. We realize that individual travelers have different tastes and interests, so we're careful to build some flexibility and free time into our itineraries.
Once we've reached the day's destination, explore the city and countryside however you wish. Rent a bike, go horseback riding, or just wander around the market. The day is yours to discover! 

In remote areas we provide the food, but in town meals aren't included. We do, however, know the best places to eat and are here to help satisfy your palate. Adventure Life tours give a person the chance to taste what solo travel is all about!
Daring souls may try an Andean delicacy called cuy (roasted guinea pig!) or ceviche (fresh seafood marinated in lemon juice), while others stick to more internationally favorite dishes.

We keep things exciting by using an assortment of transportation, from local buses to dugout canoes to private vans. Expect to sit next to a campesino on his way to market or a student from any city on her way to other destination for a weekend
of hiking. This grassroots approach to travel means that if you get terribly frustrated by delays, bumps, and breakdowns, then perhaps this isn't the trip for you. You're on vacation - relax, enjoy the slower pace, and consider anything that comes up a good story to tell your friends back home!

To maintain a grassroots experience and minimize cultural and ecological impact, groups are limited to 12 travelers . Our average group size is 8, and we like it this way as we can give our travelers the very best cultural experience and increase our chances of seeing wildlife when in the Amazon. Trip leaders are fluent in English and Spanish and often hold university degrees in anthropology, biology, or another relevant discipline. We're all a big family here and trip leaders are chosen for their knowledge, friendliness, and charisma! Your trip leader takes care of transportation and accommodations, and
he can suggest the best museums, cafes, clubs and excursions. Trip leaders are there to help as much or as little as needed.

 The most commonly accepted definition as "responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people".

In addition to using this definition,  uses ecotourism principles to evaluate itself. The ecotourism principles used by 

Click on the links on the left to find out more information about the ecotourism principles that we use or to investigate more about ecotourism in general.

As the new millennium unfolds, we are becoming increasingly aware of the finite, interconnected and precious nature of our planet home. Likewise, tourism is becoming an increasingly popular expression of this awareness. With advances in transportation and information technology, ever more remote areas of the earth are coming within reach of the traveler. In fact, tourism is now the world's largest industry, with nature tourism the fastest growing segment.

In response to this increasing appreciation of nature experiences, a new travel ethic has arisen which is now called ecotourism. This term has become increasingly popular in both conservation and travel circles, but what exactly does it mean?

"Environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples."

Most tourism in natural areas today is not ecotourism and is not therefore, sustainable. Ecotourism can be distinguished from nature tourism by its emphasis on conservation, education, traveler responsibility and active community participation. Specifically, ecotourism possesses the following characteristics:

  • Conscientious, low-impact visitor behavior

  • Sensitivity towards, and appreciation of, local cultures and biodiversity

  • Support for local conservation efforts

  • Sustainable benefits to local communities

  • Local participation in decision-making

  • Educational components for both the traveler and local communities

It is becoming evident that increased tourism to sensitive natural areas in the absence of appropriate planning and management can become a threat to the integrity of both ecosystems and local cultures. Increasing numbers of visitors to ecologically sensitive areas can lead to significant environmental degradation. Likewise, local communities and indigenous cultures can be harmed in numerous ways by an influx of foreign visitors and wealth. Additionally, fluctuations in climate, currency exchange rates, and political and social conditions can make over-dependence upon tourism a risky business.

However, this same growth creates significant opportunities for both conservation and local community benefit. Ecotourism can provide much needed revenues for the protection of national parks and other natural areas, revenues that might not be available from other sources. Additionally, ecotourism can provide a viable economic development alternative for local communities with few other income-generating options. Moreover, ecotourism can increase the level of education and activism among travelers, making them more enthusiastic and effective agents of conservation.


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