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Ecotourism in Peninsular Malaysia is a Sustainable Tourism Management Process

By Anny on March 10th, 2013

Ecotourism in Peninsular Malaysia is a sustainable tourism management process

The stems of ecotourism start from Malaysia with dedicated groups of ecotourism and biodiversity. Here ecotourism groups are making the foreign visits more luxurious and dividing it into both part of the country to experience uncovered natural beauty in this area. When it comes to ecotourism than Borneo gets all that sustainable and preserved natural beauty. Peninsular Malaysia is just another such exciting ecotourism spot in this country which includes the best attractions like Langkawi Island and Cameron Islands. The peninsular Malaysia is truly conscious about sustainable tourism management and truly following the eco-tourism concepts.

Malaysian Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Tourism developed the national ecotourism plan in 1997 in which they demonstrated the government involvement in travel industry and encouragement of eco-tourism in the country. Four new ministries were added to tourism industry and Eco-tourism industry of Malaysia is deeply concerned about forestry, marine and wildlife management. In Malaysia, nature tourism is a significant part of national ecotourism industry and primary concern remained towards this industry.

In early 1990s, the ecotourism was only the priority by private sectors of travel industry and government involvement was not the major concern. Different destination in Malaysia like Payar Island earned the more popularity and more capacity of tourists beyond their capacity where government thought of managing tourism industry. The coral reefs in island were totally destroyed and island turned deserted and was in great need of tourism standards and regulations before a new tourists welcome. In Malaysia, Marine tourism was more threatened than any other areas and there had been many problems associated with sustainability of the environment and eco-friendly rules and regulations.

Now Malaysia has some excellent examples of ecotourism regulations in its major travelling regions. For example, Matang mangrove Forest in Malaysia is well-known around the globe as successful and sustainable tourism management in the country. Also local community is greatly concerned about forests after designation of permanent forest reserve in 1906. Now this has become a popular tourism destination of the area. Forestry Department constantly measuring the forests and each and every tourism activity is accurately measure and improved for better future revenue from this.

A major reason for success of ecotourism industry of Malaysia is its community involvement.  After a number of researches it was told that locals love to spend their vacations in sun and sea sites instead of sustainable national parks or eco-resorts. Most of the Malaysian was interested in sun resorts and an encouragement towards sustainable eco-tourism was looking difficult to be promoted.  Just like other destinations of the world who are similar like Peninsular Malaysia, here community based tourism is not so popular. Also studies shown that locals need to be involved in eco-tourism development process and also provide the services like handicrafts and more cultural exhibitions to promote the region for eco-tourists.

Ecotourism in Peninsular Malaysia is a sustainable tourism management process

Ecotourism industry in Malaysia is a conflicted industry because of its attractiveness and lucrative for the tourists. The ecotourism has also here greatly affected the local communities because of having no community improvement policies before, including environmental degradation or deterioration of resources.

Tourism community and government are aware about external impacts on the country wildlife and natural preserved resources and have established the standards for sustainable eco-tourism and future success after a crucial development of ecotourism sites. For better of local communities, the community based travel is beneficial and an improvement for the culture and this country has really those guts to make eco-tourism really true.

From their border at north to south towards Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia has been gifted with many natural sites and attractions. Here west coast remains busy with tourist all the year while eastern coast has no such concern up to Terengganu and Kelantan. This region is also named as “heart of Malay Culture”. As compared to rest of the country areas similar to this, the region was cut down with mountainous interior and there was no railway connection till 1930 for reaching Kelantan. The South China Sea is lying to it east and also the Singapore island state linked to its southern border.  Negeri, Melaka and Johor states are the three major spots here which add to natural wonder of Malaysia and encouraging the tourist for learning of rich cultural history and fascinating views.

This region is more heavily furnished with tourist as compared to its east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Tioman Island are favorite places for tourists along with their northern sites which are home to Langkawi and Penang.  The presence of oil in Terengganu got real attention but area lacked the tin deposits found on west coast of the Peninsular Malaysia. This region is more conservative than other areas of the country and Kelantan is also a conserved Muslims site here for visitors to learn its culture.

For eco-tourist who feel interested to learn about the area culture, this region will provide them with special interest in Kelantan and Terengganu as home to the museums. For eco-tourist who loves the downtime on the beach, this area is also filed with such sites near Tioman Islands, Kapas, Redang, perhentian etc. A number of crown jewel national Malaysian parks are here and Taman Negara which is spread around the three Malaysian states. Here you will enjoy the pristine rainforest, which is among the world oldest forests and several birds. You will also visit the woods and about five days trek around the top parks.

The sea port of Mersing and fishing village are center of beautiful palm islands of Seribuat archipelago. The known Tioman magnet that has been speaking lies in State of Pahang. Dipeterocarp.  This is home of  top natural resorts and your visit will be served with delicious cultural foods.  You will hear about Langkawi as Phunket of Indonesia and it is of course true. The communication sources are here effective and highly advance, an international airport in the island and also other transport means.

Eco-tourism Urgent Call for Higher Standards Transformation

By Anny on March 4th, 2013

Ecotourism urgent call for higher standards transformation

In tourism industry where a fastest pace has been seen in natural oriented-tourism but a higher standard transformation is an urgent call for ecotourism planners. Today, travel industry has enlisted the park agencies and environmental organizations and has promoted the natural travel sites as hottest possible package with dual benefits. But is the eco-tourism that all full and functional solution which this travel industry is claiming today? According to reviewers, the eco-tourism means a sound tourism.

The definition of eco-tourism is too foster and lax and may spoil the actual meanings of ecotourism industry as destructive to local or regional environment and communities.  Tourism is one of the growing industry sectors in our global economy today. The tourism industry contributes $80 billion annually to global economy even during this recession period where many businesses have suffered from crucial stages of growth and declines. One of the popular segments of tourism today is traveling with nature and has been a Jorgen talk today with various names.

Tourism industry has remained a strong segment after great external threads and local community standards. The natural or eco-tourism is supposed to attract foreign tourists and a central element for sustainable economic growth in a country. The eco-tourism includes a broad level of activities and corporate involvements.  Our abilities to analyze and understand the natural tourism have been hindered due to lack of acceptable definitions. The rainbow of definition for eco-tourism add ecological, involvements, support, nature-centered and incidental as major components which need to change and brought to higher standards.

An eco-tourism should be ecological to bring its all activities as ecological green and there should be Involvement of travel in activities that should support the nature restoration. The eco-tourism support component means to add appreciable financial support for protection of natural life and local communities. In the light of travel industry promotions, we come to conclusion that an eco-tourism is any such travel that includes viewing elements of ecology and natural environment. The travel industry has a green component and use of this definition will add to the attractions and values of it. So now term the nature based tourism as incidental natural based travel. 

Ecotourism urgent call for higher standards transformation

Today the people are using ecotourism with all-inclusive that tourism of any kind would be added to it. The precise definition of eco-tourism will help us to communicate the accuracy and standards of the travel. in last few decades, this has been called as “green” and many organization in past promoted their products with environmental friendly slogans until general public and consumers had been informed and learned about green seals and stamps posted on products and services. Such labels were used to deceive the travelers as they had been using green products during their travel to foreign countries.

The concept of ecotourism is complete once bringing back the ecology factor into ecotourism. The term Eco has been taken from Green word “Oikos” means “home”. The same word is used with ecology and economics and here we have to reclaim the origin for precision and strength. An early effort for ecology improvements was done by national Audubon Society, calling travel ethic for environmental responsible travel.  It was asked to all the tour operators to adopt these rules. The 7 key points we discussed above deal directly with respecting bans on trade in endangered species, respect for culture, empowering and strengthening the local conservation, environmental appreciation, waste disposal, sustainability and wildlife. The ethical rules have been copyrighted by National Audubon society and cannot be changed without permission.

A similar process has been adopted by American Society of travel Agents (ASTA) and known as ASTA’s Ten Commandments;

  1. Respect the dignity and privacy of others
  2. Always follow the designated trails
  3. Don’t use the products made from endangered animals and plants
  4. A meaningful travel, you should educate yourself about culture, religion, manners, customs and geography of the country where you are visiting
  5. Leave only footprints and take the pictures.
  6. Learn about weakness and frailty of the earth and standards of protection
  7. Get the guidelines from ASTA travel agent about such organizations who have been subscribed to environmental guidelines for sea, land or air travel
  8. Follow the rules of recycling, conservation, safe management of toxic elements, community involvement, noise abatement and air quality conservation during your travel
  9. Utilize and adopt the environmental friendly transportation means as far as possible
  10. Learn about organizations who are preserving the environment, support the conservation based methods.

We have reached to that point where we need to establish the criteria which should focus on resources conservation; including the natural and cultural resources. The standards should be easy and applicable to all the travelers unless a major change is required form community to alter them. Though there can be many motives for a trip, travelers are not in the habit of conducting an environmental impact assessment for each part. Eventually we can define the different types of tourism and the impacts they cause. For a start, I have proposed a scale for classifying nature-based travel. The scale measures the level of achievement according to the principles of ecotourism.

Different levels of the ecotourism scale in some cases measure different attributes rather than increasing or decreasing amounts of the same attribute. For example, Level 1 involves net financial flow of support from the traveler to the site visited. Level 2 involves a separate attribute, personal commitment.  The zero level of ecotourism demands that travelers should be aware and informed to ecosystem’s fragility where they have come for their enjoyment. In level one of ecotourism, monetary support should be incurring with continues flow to support the ecosystem and local communities.

In level of ecotourism modification, an eco-tourist will be more engaged to environmental protection and even plant the trees and participate in cleanup of the area. If we use the same standards for measuring, we can bring back the sustainable agriculture harvesting methods, checking the travelers presence as positive or neutral and system where a trip should be environmentally sound way. The level five would be the key goal to achieve and fulfill the higher standard demand of eco-tourism.

 

Experience The Belize Ecology with Belize Eco-Tours

By Anny on February 18th, 2013

The dynamic coral reefs, tangled mangrove swamps, dry pine savannas, the lush rainforests and teeming jungles; are all the beautiful views which make Belize a perfect site for Eco-Tourism. Belize is really a true eco-tourism country in New World Topics about enriched species, biologically diverse and natural reserves country.

In different reports, you may read that Belize is producing annual wastes of 350,000 tons from its commercial and domestic establishments and facilities. It means an average individual who is living in Belize is producing 2-3 pounds of solid wastes each day.  And with increasing garbage settlement issue, the illegal dumping has become a serious issue in Belize. However, Belize has not closed the eyes on such environmental and more and more public and educational awareness has been brought forward with partnership of government, universities and corporate organizations to foster the experimental learning in Belize.

The experimental learning will provide opportunities for the people to understand the value of protected and green ecology in this region. The experimental learning of Belize is basically “learning by living” it is to learn about ecology, experiment the nature up close and personal through project-based hands-on, community standards and their improvement through ecology and Eco tourism, the marine ecology, forest ecology and intercultural global ecology learning. It’s about learning and exploring the reefs, rivers, jungles while searching, enjoying, viewing the ecosystems.

The eco-tourism is an experimental learning in Belize, facing our fear of nature and its roots tangled with facts, the connection of our plane through life, water, rocks, forests and learning to live through our means and demand for nature protection. Currently, Belize has been selected as top retirement spot in Forbes magazine and confirmation of this small Caribbean country. It was still kept  as secret, but now the world is coming to know that Belize is a perfect place to spend the holidays beautiful and great charm here, a happy retirement too, told Business Manager of ChaaCreeks.

According to November, 2012 edition of Forbes Magazine, Belize is at the top of 15 top foreign retirement heavens. In its explanation, the photos featured that visiting of overseas is quite different form living there and when you have to retire to a foreign country, you should not only consider the cost of living and climatic effects but also facilities like visa requirements, safety, tax and healthcare plans.

The official language of Belize is English, so it would not be difficult to get into this region. Also, the Belize dollar is pegged to US dollar and conversion rate is now 1 USD= 2 Belize dollars, the money is easy to work here because American dollar is acceptable all around the world. The winter Solstice week of December is perfect time to discover the Belize.  You will experience a rich and different Belize culture and your all stress and tension will be forgotten.

If you love the Winter Eco-Tourism, visiting Belize will be more magical and mysterious. You will be inspired from Maya Culture and old Colombian civilizations and customs here.  The beauty of pristine beaches and blue hole will truly amaze you and in your Belize eco-tour will be included the visit to mysterious temples.  Everyone likes to see how a real Belize is and visiting the Belize is a lifetime experience for couples too.

In Belize, Green blue Hole is one of the most popular attractions, close to the lighthouse Reef. This site has a depth of 410 feet in circular shape and this site has been added to top world scuba diving sites. In was found in early 1900s that Blue Hole was initially a limestone cave.  The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is another top destination for Eco-Tourists in Belize which has been found close to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.  This reserve features a quite different species like sharks and stingrays, experiencing the sea grass beds, a coral reef and mangrove forest. In Hol Chan Marine reserve, you will also experience the nurse sharks, snappers, Moray eel’s inhabitants.

In District of Cayo, there is a big rock falls on Mountain Pine Ridge Forest reserve and the top beautiful attraction in Belize.  Big Rock Falls is 150 feet in height and you will also view the popular Privassion River from its top. High Mayan temple is located at Lamanai and provides a nice view of River Lagoon form its top. With your tourists’ guides, you can climb the temple and through template sides, you will experience the view of whole jungle. While crossing the Texas Colorado River, you will experience sites like Austin region near Barton Creek.

In Belize, the Doyle’s Delight is the highest peak of this country which is located in cockscomb range. This peak height is 1,124 meters and eco-tourism here also offers the trekking, rock climbing and hiking. The southern region of Belize is full of natural reserves. The Cockscomb Basin wildlife is spread at an area of 400 kilometers and tourists can enjoy the forests and watersheds at this site. You will also find here the quartzite rock formations and sandstone. Located at the southern area of Belize, the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve has a length of 32 kilometers and a width of 12 kilometers. At the reserve, tourists can see a lagoon and deep channels. The reserve features 850 pinnacles and patch reefs. At the General Use Zone, people can enjoy different activities like fishing.

The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is situated near San Ignacio Cayo and one of the best Mayan archeological sites. There are stoneware, skeletons and ceramics inside the cave when you enter. The most artifacts inside the Cave is a skeleton of teenager girl and named here crystal Maiden. ituated at the District of Cayo, the Guanacaste National Park features rare wildlife species like the Jaguarundi, the Kinkajou and the Smoky-brown Woodpecker. Other species at the park are the Red-lored Amazon, the Belted Kingfisher and the Nine-Banded Amarillo. Visiting the tourist spots in the country allows tourists to have a glimpse of the culture of people living in Belize. Moreover, the sites depict the heritage and history of the nation.

Costa Rica Eco-Tourism and Family Vacations Discounts on Summer Travel

By Anny on February 12th, 2013

Costa Rica Eco-Tourism and family vacations discounts on summer travel

Ecotourism facilities are designed to include existing natural attractions without altering them too much. Costa Rica is the perfect example! In this beautiful country you can experience a very close contact to nature, can count on the widest variety of flora and fauna and the incredible marine biodiversity of the two oceans surrounding Costa Rica – the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The natural essence particularly of this area is the great nature of Corcovado; Ecotourism here gives you the chance of getting in touch with real life, environment, culture and society. The famous Corcovado National Park is one of the most important and pristine national parks in Costa Rica. National Geographic once described Corcovado as ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’.

Costa Rica is an ideal destination for family vacations and such multi generation groups who love to explore the natural sites without spending more and letting their pocket empty after their lovely destinations travel. The ideal and best ecotourism is to minimize the environmental impacts and focus towards preservation of culture and improvement of local communities. The term ecotourism and its scope can be totally summed up in the term “sustainability”. After several years of tourism industry changing and improvement for eco-tourism has led to certification for sustainability in Tourism.

How a hotel or tour operator can demonstrate a difference is by obtaining the Certification for sustainability in Tourism (CST) through Chamber of Commerce, Costa Rica. Ecotourism industry in Costa Rica has been defined without changing the tours and visits to existing attractions and Costa Rica is the perfect example of eco-tourism encouraging country.

In Costa Rica eco-tourism, you will contact to the nature, with large variety of fauna and flora and two merging oceans, Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean with their incredible marine biodiversity. There is a long tradition of receiving guests or tourist in Costa Rica with wife open arms. No matter what you are looking for; a rest, adventure, volcanoes, rivers, mountains, beaches or rest of the things, Costa Rica invites you to all the richest natural spreads in this tropical land.

Peaceful nature 

Costa Rica Eco-Tourism and family vacations discounts on summer travel

Costa Rica is dedicated to democracy and peace and one of those modern world countries which abolished its standing army in 1948. Costa Rica is the most stable democratic country in Central America. The President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez was award with Nobel Prize only after its thirty nine years of declaration of this country. However, President efforts for peace and promotions have inspired the global readers and how our policies for trees per capita and per square kilometer in Costa Rica is more than else in the world. The Costa Rica is also is the world top tree planting country and also it has focused on more landscapes covering with plantation every year.

Costa Rica would be the first country on this planet as first carbon natural country by 2020. In 2007, Famous vow by Cost Rica government is the first carbon free eco-tourism destination and standard of eco-tourism has been raised since that.

The Pure Life

If there would be a word to promote the beauty of Costa Rica, It would be pure life. This should be national motto of the country, “Pura Vida is a word that identifies a Costa Rican wherever he or she may be. When you visit Costa Rica, a simple and easy to introduce with people is through word “Pura Vida” a word which will introduce you and bring smiles on those people faces. Pura Vida tells about the beauty of their home and culture. The origin of Ecotourism has started from Costa Rica and it is the region which brought success to this tourism category, demanded more from the environmental groups. The people of Costa Rica feel it happy to see hundreds of people visiting their natural sites all the day and explaining their love about their natural sites.

A 51.100 square km country of Costa Rica is indeed small but it has been filled with the natural beauty and attractive wildlife. The natural wealth is here in abundance and this small region has 5 percent of world biodiversity. If we compare this area with United States, there would be more bird species in Costa Rica than whole United States and more species of butterflies than in African continent. It’s the fact whey a small nation has been ranked on the top of eco-tourism sites. In Costa Rica, there are more than 880 birds’ species, 1600 fresh water fish species, 220 species of reptiles and more than 4400 types of butterflies making the environment cheerful with their beauty.

There are several forests with swamp groves, riparian forest, oak tree forests, palm, moors, cloud forests, herbaceous deep ponds, rain forest and mangrove swamps.  In natural attractions and beauty of Costa Rica are included the birds, marine life, beautiful coastal areas and green resorts, protected environmental species, volcanoes, the spring beauty, mountains peaks and sea depths. Here many deep caves are also the point of interest for eco-tourists and explain about history and culture of pre-columbium people. In Costa Rica there have been more than 25 protected zones, 12 biological sites, several wildlife refuges and about 22 national parks.

Costa Rica Government has implemented various sustainable development policies that foster the accurate use of natural resources and is in efforts to preserve the natural richness in this country. There are about 150 wildlife reserves and refugees and 32 national Parks in this country and protection is for all the cloud forests, volcanoes, marine life and many more treasures. What could be better than a boat trip on the beach, intense cold peaks, a day in the sun and discovery underwater, and much more to explore in Costa Rica? To learn more about marine species in Costa Rica, snorkeling is a relaxing and nice way to learn about them.

Experience the beauty of honeycreepers, Toucans, scarlet macaws, green macaws, quetzals and much more. Costa Rica is one of the top bird watching destinations in the hemisphere and has the professional guides to prove it. The hiking options in Costa Rica are as diverse as the terrain. Climb a mountain or trek through a cloud forest…you never know what’ll be around the corner.

 

Best Eco-Tourism Sites for Winter

By Anny on February 10th, 2013

Change of weather has directly affected the tourists’ spots and winter tourism is more enjoying when you love the snowfalls, sliding and bearing a fierce weather as tourist. To be an eco-tourist, summer is not enough for visits, but an addition of autumn and winter will also add to view beautiful sites around the world. The eastern countries are the best spots for winter season because there is no -40 Centigrade temperature and snowfall. The Asian Eco-tourist sites are still unmatched and uncovered for the winter tourists.

Travelers have started to plan their winter vacations with the change of seasons from summer to autumn. So this season where should you picture yourself? There are many brilliant sunsets and warm sandy areas still ready for the winter quest and here we will discuss in detail about ecotourism adventurous places, including India, Patagonia, Indonesia, China, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Here a blend of unique culture, natural sites and active soft adventures like bicycling, elephant back treks, rafting, kayaking and hiking are best ones to enjoy. You will love the meaningful educational lectures about incredible wildlife and history of these countries. We have selected the top seven winter ecotourism destinations and categorizing them on the basis of weather and adventures at each site.

South Africa

Although African history is too interesting and African tourism have been promoted highly around the world, still many sites in this country are uncovered for the tourists to explore. It would be right to say if we call South Africa the wildlife and natural scenes king, where true nature exhibits its beauty and fear all together. How you would experience the Victoria Falls and South Africa- atop a majestic elephant, on foot during easy scenic tour of hiking or through riding on the bicycle in Winelands? There are two tours which have been promoted by tourism promoting companies here. In 13 days new South Africa tour, the easy bushwalks at sabi sand game reserves and spectacular game drives are included. In 10-day Cape Town to Kruger tour, you will also get the spectacular game drives and bushwalks at Sabi Sand Game reserve too.

The Sabi reserves are the top private game reserves and they promote the highest game destiny in South Africa. The Africa Big five will been seen by most of the travelers here, Marvel as your game drives take you near giraffe, rhino, leopard, cheetah, lion, elephant and many birds and animals.

Myanmar/Burma

Burma/Myanmar has preserved its religious values and rich culture to extreme value as compared to its surrounding countries, although Burma is long isolated from outside world. Eco-tourists are here enchanted by monasteries, pagodas, temples and also enthralled by people of the Myanmar, whose smile is still unaffected from western style and they are quick to smile. There are different winter tourism packages for Myanmar and in this tour, you will get a brief lecture about Myanmar culture, natural sites and resorts while your stay in Bangkok before heading to Yangon. Yangon is a center of unique and incomparable Shwedagon pagoda. In your adventure, there is added the rainfall forests, temples and historical places, cruising by villages on stilts, floating markets of Inle lake hot air ballooning over the old kingdom of Bagan during evening.

The country of Vietnam is towards peaks of economic growth and success after its government established the tourism standards and peace, regulations and use of talent for renewable energy sources. At one side of the picture, you will see the farming and agriculture growth in this country and on the other side are those emerging skylines and latest amenities. You will also experience the traditional cultural of riding on baffles, traveling on old wooden yachts, fishing, green orchard fruits, sowing of rice seeds. Your suitcase will be filled with artifacts when you will return home from Vietnam.

India

what do you think about South Asia when we are here talking about Eco-tourism destinations for this winter? Do you think a rich culture, beautiful beaches, living heart peoples would add to your tourism value? Yeah!! Let’s start towards India. The Indian culture and adventures are so astonishing that one would never like to go back after being in this country for tourism. Getting through Buddhist monk sites, tracking the Royal Bengal Tiger, came back ride while crossing through Thar deserts or different monuments and historical sites which have been unique all around the world in this South Asian country.

When you think of India do you imagine cultures and adventures so distinct as to be truly astounding? Tracking a Royal Bengal Tiger, quietly observing as a Buddhist monk sits in the lotus position outside a mountaintop temple, or embarking on an exotic camel trek to the picturesque dunes and villages of the Thar Desert, NEI’s four unique ecotourism adventures are unforgettable. Ranging from 15 to 22 days in length, Best of South India, Best of North and South India, India and Nepal and Best of North India offer a variety of soft adventure excursions, meaningful cultural experiences, a choice of lecture topics not to mention first class accommodations.

Patagonia

Torres del Paine national park of Patagonia is famous all round the Chile because of lovely lakes, fauna, massive glaciers, speculator pink granite mountains and cascades. A fourteen days tour to Chile will let you enjoy the Patagonian wilderness, horseback riding, boating, hiking and visiting an upscale lodge every night. You will also be added to volunteer for a Santiago community service project if you agree to it.

Australia

The everlasting winter eco-tourism experience in Australia usually involves unconventional activities in sublime settings. Through a two weeks tour to Australia for winter eco-tourists, you will enjoy the top Australian destinations, plus adventures experience, culture, wildlife – most of which take place in more remote locations. The tour sites are changed and customized according to customers’ choices and always enhanced with enriched experience of Australia.

New Zealand
The blue beauty, New Zealand is a place of unparallel natural beauty and startling contrasts. New Zealand has been told as the most beautiful country on the earth by a writer, James Michener. The thermal geysers, massive glaciers contrasts with lush green farm lands, majestic fjords are the top things you will experience in your ecotourism to New Zealand.  New Zealand is home to many unique species of plants, birds, and mammals. The New Zealand travel and tourism packages offer a 14-days ecotourism around the islands country with full of natural attractions. Climbing, hiking, national wildlife parks, rainforest, beaches, urban life and beautiful sunny sand areas.

 

Cuetzalan- The Magical Village of Mexico

By Anny on February 4th, 2013

Cuetzalan- The Magical village of Mexico

Some people might be wrong to say that there is no real adventure in these days of GPS coordinates and Google earth. An adventure don’t need the distance and beauty of the place, it is an open mind, faith about yourself and your love for the nature. The availability of technology gadgets like GPS devices, more affordable charging systems have provided comfort for the journeys. Eco-tourism and explorations are a way to go, though a little loss will not hurt. It is a profit for improvement of community.

In Puebla State of Mexico, Cuetzalan is one of the Mexican magical villages on nested high hills of Sierra Norte. Cuetzalan is a tiny town surrounded by tropical forests and coffee plantations, grottos and waterfalls. The Lush Flora is the beautiful area here that was once the home of colorful birds like Quetzal. This bird is the symbol of worship for here civilizations because its feathers are highly coveted among upper class and priests here.

 

Cuetzalan name dates backs to 1475; it means “the home of quetzal”. The native language of this village is Nahuati, but most of the residents also speak Spanish. Cuetzalan is a beautiful village of colonial past and indigenous through its inhabitants, gastronomy, traditions and architecture. This town is still away from modern life of Mexico, and it’s the reason that still natural beauty is uncovered to enjoy here.

 In 2002, Cuetzalan was named as “Pueblos Magicos” of Mexico, means a magical village. Central part of this village is filled with beautiful churches like San Francisco Parish Church, a handful of quaint and Municipal Palace.  San Francisco Parish Church was built in 17th century. Cuetzalan is full of magical life and filled natural beauty.

Cuetzalan- The Magical village of Mexico

When you drive Mexico, you will cross the miles of flat fields and farmlands spread around you, but soon you will experience that you are traveling towards a mountain line. Their peaks can be seen from the distance, but once you enter the mountains, they are like limitless to be crossed.  Once you crossed the plains and few hills, there are many towns and small cities on the way being waiting for eco-tourists. A welcome traffic sight can be seen after hours of distance from wheat fields, along with a line of sherbet colored churches and friendly locals who amuse you.

Cuetzalan- The Magical village of Mexico

Now you start your wending on the mountain road and its great fun to stop on the way and get some nice photos, some enjoying and chill beside your wheel. However driving is great challenge here for inexperienced drivers. Towards the Cuetzalan village, it is one of the few straight-aways on this curvy drive. Cobblestoned and steep streets of Cuetzalan are the first impression along with churches for new comers and it make easier for cars to climb to the slopes.

In local Market of Cuetzalan, you can enjoy with fresh vegetables and fruits, embroidered clothing like blouses and other fabrics, juices, street food etc. on many peak areas in the town, you will found that that this town is built into a steep mountain side and has unobstructed views of Sierra Madre range at the tops. When you are on the streets of Cuetzalan, you will experience the steepness of streets and beautiful naturally grown flowers which add colors to the town. In some streets of the town, there is too steepness for automobiles and most you will find into pedestrian stair zones- a traditional stairs style found in ancient times. There is an open market in the center of this village and main church is just a few steps in front of this one square market.

For accommodations, there are many local hotels around the town which are comfortable and only at a distance of few minutes from main plaza of the town. What is most mystery is the night of this town. It looks similar to many other towns you may have seen in Italy with steep streets and built on the mountains.

This death defying and impressive ritual expressing the harmony of people, love for spiritual world and nature. Along with Voladores dancing, there have been many other traditional dancing festivals in the town like Quetzals, Negritos and Santiago. There are two major festivals which are celebrated in Cuetzalan in the month of October. First is the “fair of Coffee”, in which a celebration is arranged for this crop. Second is Huipll Festivity, a traditional dancing festival in which young girls of 14-20 years of Cuetzalan are dressed in most traditional elegant dressing dance around the village along with dancers and musicians.

Cuetzalan is town, most popular for cavers and hiker around the world. Many places are here ready to be explored. The caves including Ampolis caves, atepolihui, Chapultepec and Chivostoc caves beside a short hike form the Cuetzalan town.

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Some people might be wrong to say that there is no real adventure in these days of GPS coordinates and Google earth. An adventure don’t need the distance and beauty of the place, it is an open mind, faith about yourself and your love for the nature. The availability of technology gadgets like GPS devices, more affordable charging systems have provided comfort for the journeys. Eco-tourism and explorations are a way to go, though a little loss will not hurt. It is a profit for improvement of community.

In Puebla State of Mexico, Cuetzalan is one of the Mexican magical villages on nested high hills of Sierra Norte. Cuetzalan is a tiny town surrounded by tropical forests and coffee plantations, grottos and waterfalls. The Lush Flora is the beautiful area here that was once the home of colorful birds like Quetzal. This bird is the symbol of worship for here civilizations because its feathers are highly coveted among upper class and priests here.

 

Cuetzalan name dates backs to 1475; it means “the home of quetzal”. The native language of this village is Nahuati, but most of the residents also speak Spanish. Cuetzalan is a beautiful village of colonial past and indigenous through its inhabitants, gastronomy, traditions and architecture. This town is still away from modern life of Mexico, and it’s the reason that still natural beauty is uncovered to enjoy here.

 In 2002, Cuetzalan was named as “Pueblos Magicos” of Mexico, means a magical village. Central part of this village is filled with beautiful churches like San Francisco Parish Church, a handful of quaint and Municipal Palace.  San Francisco Parish Church was built in 17th century. Cuetzalan is full of magical life and filled natural beauty.

Cuetzalan- The Magical village of Mexico

Every year, there are number of activities, festivals or fairs here in this village. A unique place here for eco-tourists is Voladores, which has been described on an online forum as; these flyers dress in colorful costumes and scurry up at a 60 feet tall tree trunk and ropes tied around their ankles and their jumping is similar to scuba diving in the air, head first and backward. When rope unwinds, four people soar around the trees and fifth one just dancing on the tinny part of tree trunk.

This town is recognized as unique sample of cultural heritage by official groups and only the place where most of the difenos and chilangos Mexicans are residing. There is town, about four to five hour drive over plains of Sierra Madres toward the hills on a side of the mountain that need to be explored. The hotels are great and almost inexpensive here. Cuetzalan village has been mentioned as “Perfect Mexican Mountain Town” in Washington Post.

Cuetzalan Pueblos Magicos program identifies and explains the cultural attributes of this town like music, handcrafts, gastronomy, music, customs, traditions and architecture. There are about places in Mexico along with Cuetzalan village which have earned the title of Pueblos Magicos.

Planning the Eco-friendly tour

By Anny on July 3rd, 2012

Eco Tourism

The dawning of commercial jet age in 1958 brought the tourism as biggest revolution and social and economic benefits of it were quantified. But in those days, it made journey less eco-friendly than in days of ships, piston engine aircrafts, propellers and other transportation means of less fuel intensives. But now travel and tourism industry has understood the need and importance of eco-tourism. If you want to become the planner of eco-friendly travel, you can find ways to blend jet-age convenience with responsibility to the planet. (more…)

The Vigilius Mountain Resort, A Cathedral of Relaxation

By Dev on June 28th, 2012

The Vigilius mountain resort, a cathedral of relaxation

The word hotel not really fits the mountain Vigilius resort, because it can be said as out of ordinary place in any category of experience. It is like an inhabitable cloud which should be created with what you describe it.  It is like a modern monastery or cathedral of relaxation or you can say it an indoor forest.

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Eco Tourism, Globalization and Sustainable Development

By Anny on May 31st, 2012

Eco Tourism

Tourism is among the fastest growing sectors of economy in the world and developing countries are trying to cash this opportunity to increase foreign investment and attract more foreign reserves. Ecotourism  or eco travel, a general term used with word “eco” have become more popular pitch for investment and attraction of foreigners to our homelands and bring more investment and cultural learning, as well as the understanding of local communities and helping them with capital achieved through eco-tourism. (more…)

History of Ecotourism

By Anny on May 18th, 2012

Ecotourism

Ecotourism is defined as responsible travel to the areas of world where natural environment is conserving and efforts for the well-beings of local communities. Ecotourism involves the form of travel to low impact and small scale alternatives to standard tourism, pristine and fragile places tourism. There are many purposes served under the ecotourism being offered for local communities’ empowerment, fostering the respect for different cultures, economic and social development of a natural tourism place or working for the human rights for natural reserves. (more…)