In the town square of Torotoro, Bolivia, a huge dinosaur statue takes the place of the usual fountain in the center of the plaza. In a Jurassic Park-style local ecotourism promotion effort, Torotoro is branding itself around its national park's most popular highlight: the dinosaur tracks that are cemented into the ground after millennia of sedimentation. Even the buses that head to Torotoro from the closest city of Cochabamba are airbrushed with wild dinosaur graphics. The tracks, however, are just one of the many ecotourism attractions in Torotoro.
In Villa Tunari, the main town in the Chapare region of Bolivia, a movie poster hangs on the cement wall. A note attached to it proudly announces that this major Spanish film Tambien La Lluvia was recently filmed on location here. Chapare's landscape of subtropical greenery and rolling hills makes for a lush movie set.
There is no easy route to Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. What looks like a very short distance from La Paz on the map is actually either a treacherous fourteen hour bus ride or a much pricier one hour flight. Given the obstacles, I was surprised to find that when my travel mates and I arrived in small town in Bolivia's Amazon basin, its entire face has been changed by tourism.
Maybe you're in Cusco, Peru for a couple extra days surrounding a Machu Picchu trip. Maybe you're re-visiting Cusco for a second time to see what else the area has up its sleeve. Maybe you're living and working in Cusco for several months, and Peru's great 'must see' has already been seen and seen again. Or maybe you're a just rouge tourist so dedicated to the less-beaten bath that you've decided to skip Machu Picchu all together and choose you own adventure.
Trekking the Pre-hispanic Trails around Sucre, Bolivia The city of Sucre merits a stop on any Bolivia itinerary. Those passing few for a few days will find whitewashed Spanish colonial architecture to admire and fun markets to explore. Others will choose to call Sucre home for a few weeks or even months in order to take advantage of the variety of Spanish schools there.
Venezuela is a land of extremes. Its geography cuts a swath from the Amazonian Basin to the soaring snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Here, the world's highest waterfall--Angel falls--thunders inside the world's largest national park. To experience ecotourism in Venezuela is to be catapulted, full force, into an eco-adventure. So where, you might ask, do I sign up?
Taming the Gobi Desert has never been more exciting and accessible. Picture yourself stepping off a flight across the Pacific and onto Mongolian soil. Far beyond the beaten path, this vast country offers everything a true world-traveler could hope to find, and the most diverse of climates, wildlife, and outdoor activities that could possibly be fit into a single country. Yet even in such a remote corner of the world, amenities abound with the region's premier outfitters, Nomadic Expeditions.
Slovenia is one of most pristine alpine ecotourism destinations in Europe. Under the yolk of communist Yugoslavia from World War II until the 1990s, Slovenia remained relatively undiscovered. As a result, it missed the onslaught of tourism that besieged Europe during the post world war period.