#MoreThanATourist, Environment, Responsible tourism

Beautiful Destinations that Deserve More Visitors: #1 Albania

Albania A part of the Ottoman Empire for 650 years, Albania fell under communist rule after World War I. In 1991, the country gained their independence. Against the landscape’s natural beauty, ancient and modern ruins are a visible reminder of the nation’s war-torn past. Here are some reasons why this off-the-beaten-path destination deserves more visitors. Why You Want To Go…

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Environment, Food, Responsible tourism

Organic Farming: Care for Land, Care for People, & Sharing the Excess

Please help our partner org Rio Muchacho Organic Farm in Ecuador! They are a leader in environmentally and sustainable farming practices dedicated to teaching people how to better care for our earth. Unfortunately the devastating 2016 earthquake has destroyed much of the farm and the surrounding community. You can read more about what they do in the following Q&A, and…

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#MoreThanATourist, Culture, Responsible tourism

Fashion Culture: Creative Expression All Over the Globe

From remote, indigenous communities to big cities, the crafting of clothes forms an essential part of the identity of a place. To witness just how integral fashion is to a culture, travel somewhere you have never heard of or been to before! Through Visit.org, you can travel the world by touring organizations who will give you a unique experience, where…

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Environment, Responsible tourism

Q&A: Community-based Ecotourism in the Jungles of Peru

Federico Durand is a representative of Baawaja Expeditions, an organization in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, in the jungles of Peru. Today, he tells us about the evolution of his community into a successful community-based tourism organization and their strong link with nature. 1. What led to the creation of your organization? Many years ago, the Native Community of Infierno had…

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Environment

From the Forest to Your Shoes: How Natural Latex is Made from Shiringa

The shiringa tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is a forest species present in the forests of Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia from which natural latex is extracted in a sustainable way. Before beginning to make cuts in the bark of the tree, the shiringueros take inventory of the trees that are productive and open roads (roads) towards them forming a closed circuit….

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Environment, Responsible tourism

Under the Shadow of the Shiringa

Shiringa, or plant-based latex, is extracted from trees in the Amazon in a sustainable way that protects the forest and sustains communities of shiringueros. They say the shiringuero begins his work on the bark of a tree sometime between 5 and 7 AM and can tear up to 120 units in a single day. Like all other farm work, there…

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Inspiration, Responsible tourism

Volcano Hiking in Nicaragua: Four Unforgettable Experiences

Central America has an abundance of active and inactive volcanoes along the Central American Volcanic Arc on the Pacific coastline extending from Guatemala to Costa Rica. Nicaragua alone has 19 active volcanos, a large percentage of which could be potentially dangerous, according to volcanologists (yes, that’s a real profession). The mystery and beauty of nature! However, some volcanoes are safe…

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Responsible tourism

Celebrities, the First Lady, the Royal Family, and You?

Celebrities maintain busy lives that often leave them with little time to spend outside of their industries. However, there is a number of notable people supporting worthwhile causes and dedicating time to impactful organizations. From animal rescue to climate change initiatives, actors such as Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio are helping change the world by investing time in nonprofit organizations….

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Animals, Environment

#SomosTambopata : A Campaign to Save the Peruvian Amazon

Behind the destruction and environmental degradation of the Amazon are gaps in public policy about sustainable development and the protection of natural resources. Alarmed by this destruction, organizations dedicated to conserving and reforesting of the Amazon rainforest have arisen. This month, Jimmy Carrillo, the director of communications at the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law (SPDA), talks to us about his…

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