Latin America

Being a Local in Brazil

Monday, June 15, 2009
Being a Local in Brazil

Our friend Irene Edwards over at GreenSpot just got back from Brazil and had one particular experience that really stood out.  Here’s her story: We stayed at the beautiful and isolated Costao Do Santinho Resort, where you can easily get lost in the relaxing ambiance of the Island where it’s located. As I was... »

Alert: Ecotourists in Peru Leading Birds to Stress Out, Poop

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A new study has found that noisy birders in the Peruvian Amazon have been found to have a detrimental effect on the hoatzin birds. “The sound of even a quiet conversation caused the birds to begin clucking and defecating – a common defense response – at longer approach distances than for quiet approaches. The... »

Why to Watch TV on Vacation

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Why to Watch TV on Vacation

Why spend your valuable time on vacation watching the boob-tube? True, you don’t want television-watching to get in the way of going out, seeing the sights, meeting people, and working on that all-important tan (skin cancer prevention advocates: no emails please). But when you have some down time, instead of turning on your computer... »

Chris Guillebeau: “It’s cool, life’s an adventure.”

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Chris Guillebeau: “It’s cool, life’s an adventure.”

  We are big believers in TripAdvisor’s hotel rankings and reviews, typically always checking them before booking travel.  That said, we know to take every review with a grain of salt since everyone has different expectations and tolerance for dirt, bad service, etc.  We also know that no trip will go perfectly as planned... »

Calling Poverty Tourism by its True Name

Monday, April 20, 2009
Calling Poverty Tourism by its True Name

With the popularity of Slumdog Millionaire, we began to see more and more articles about poverty or slum tourism.  Since it left a bad taste in our mouth, we did a little research (also known as sitting on our arse and websurfing) here and there but couldn’t bring ourselves to write a post about it… until... »

A Tourist’s Role in Archaeological Ethics

Thursday, April 16, 2009
A Tourist’s Role in Archaeological Ethics

Remember the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan?  This was in spring of 2001, before most people had heard of the Taliban.  We remember it well and were horrified watching video of these incredibly amazing and larger-than-life sculptures that had stood for centuries being blown up by tanks and anti-aircraft weapons.  This is... »

Playa del Carmen’s Alternative Alltournative

Monday, April 13, 2009
Playa del Carmen’s Alternative Alltournative

While Cancun is more associated with the spring break, beer-swigging crowd (a Ft. Lauderdale south of the border, if you will), its neighboring city of Playa del Carmen is more low-key and offers some unexpected ecotourism and socially conscious tourism experiences. When we went to Playa in 2000, the company Alltournative was only a... »

World’s Largest Pool – Just What We Needed

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
World’s Largest Pool – Just What We Needed

  As Borat would say: ……… Not. Come on, Algarrobo, (one of our most favorite places in Chile, coincidentally) is this the best you can do?  I mean, yeah, it looks cool, but this level of consumption is a little beyond the pale, no? Of course, this seaside Chilean resort is about to be... »

How to Own Your Own Costa Rican Cabin Retreat

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
How to Own Your Own Costa Rican Cabin Retreat

  “Name ten things you would like to do if money and time were no object? Ask your partner the same question, write down your answers separately and compare your lists.” According to Steve and Debbie Legg, this is how the volcano cabin retreat of Leaves and Lizards was born.  They write about their... »

Socially Conscious Travel in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Socially Conscious Travel in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

While doing some online poking around to prepare for our upcoming trip to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I happily “bumped into” ZihuaBill and his story as told by blog.  Bill is a retiree from Oregon who now lives half of his year in Zihuatanejo, a small town on Mexico’s Pacific coast.  Zihua (as many call it)... »

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