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When dense fog sweeps in from the Pacific Ocean, special nets on a hillside catch the moisture and provide precious water to the village of Bellavista, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside of Lima, Peru. With a few thousand dollars and some volunteer labor, a village can set up fog-collecting nets that gather hundreds of gallons of water a day—without a single drop of rain falling, conservationists say. By Helen Fields. Read more.



The Africa continent is increasingly becoming a desired destination for millions of world-class travelers, who enjoy the white sandy beaches, wildlife safaris, and cultural tours in every region of Africa.

Some 55.7 million international visitors traveled to Africa in 2013, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Amini Kajunju Read more.


Patagonia is an extremely appealing destination for tourists and obviously requires suitable accommodation structures, both from an architectural and environmentally sustainable point of view. Here are three hotels, each of which in a difference way, but with great care and responsibility, offers a truly unforgettable stay.

The Hotel Awasi in Tercera Barranica delicately fits into its setting and stands out for its visual and material dialogue with the landscape. The complex has a communal area with spaces for the reception and restaurant, and following the model of widespread hospitality, twelve huts distributed across its territory. This is an excerpt from an article published by FloorNatureRead more.

November 02 2015 – “Pain?” asks Jorge Molina, my hiking guide. Yes, there is a little pain, but it’s too late for cold feet. Or, more accurately, it’s too late not to get cold feet, because we’re already shin-deep in a swift icy river. Graeme Greene Read more.


October 25 2015 – From the rim of Ecuador’s Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, it’s at least a 45-minute drive (no, more like plunge) down a winding, bone-crushing dirt road to the floor of the crater. But it’s well worth it. After all, how often do you get to say you’ve traveled to what’s billed as the world’s only inhabited, cultivated volcano? Kirk Siegler Read more.


September 22 2015 – Chile’s altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism. Marianela Jarroud Read more. 

Inkaterra – Peru

Categories: Accommodations, Americas, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Planet, Private Sector, South
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Founded in 1975, Inkaterra has grown into a scientific research and biodiversity conservation company operating five hotels in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the Madre de Dios area of the Amazon rainforest. With the establishment of The Inkaterra Association (ITA), focused solely on biodiversity research, they continue to demonstrate their leadership in the conservation of Peru’s old growth rainforest, while also providing a 100% carbon neutral hotel stay for every guest.



Just like the limestone that filters impurities out of the famously blue waters in Bonito, Brazil, this region has stopped mass tourism passing through. Thanks to the instigation of an entry voucher system in 1995, all natural attractions in Bonito have daily visitor limits. The income generated from vouchers not only assures their preservation but also funds the verification of tourism activities for best environmental practice. Bonito is proof that a conservation led tourism system which charges a fee to enjoy its natural and cultural heritage, works. It has been voted Brazil’s Ecotourism Destination of the Year for the last thirteen years and people still keep coming. And just like Bonito’s waters, the reasons are perfectly clear.

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Sustainability is a mantra that beats quietly throughout Chepu, an off grid eco-lodge on Chiloe Island, built with sustainable materials. The owners constantly reinvest in eco technology not only to improve their footprints but also to educate guests. Herein lies the innovation. They have installed sensors in water and electric sources, and disseminate usage data to tablets in each bedroom. Guests can, therefore, see their resource usage as well as their Eco Limits – ie. maximum daily resources per person. Eco guests are ‘rewarded’ with a tree being planted in Patagonia or the financial equivalent as a refund. Individual usage is also shown on a screen in the main hallway for all to see. Because at Chepu, sharing is caring.

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The Peru Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013

Categories: Americas, Report, South
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The Peru Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 is published by the World Economic Forum within the framework of The Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network and the Industry Partnership Programme for Aviation, Travel & Tourism, with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH



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