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Ecotourism in Brazil

  • Cruise the Amazon on a Riverboat Trip Single, double, and triple-decked riverboats wait at port while the soft peach of sunrise glistens on the water.An alternative to staying put in a jungle lodge is to choose a riverboat as your headquarters, which will allow you to cover far more territory. Michael Sommers shares the various options for cruising the Amazon, from luxury ships with plasma TVs and champagne to local boats that are geared more for transport than tourism.
  • From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.
  • Poconé and Porto Jofre: The Rodovia Transpantaneira Hanging over a packed dirt road, a wooden sign in english and portguese which reads Transpantaneira and welcomes visitors.The Pantanal itself begins as you continue south from Poconé along the Rodovia Transpantaneira. Watering holes along the rodovia attract a wealth of wildlife, making the journey into a fantastic safari.

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Other Ecotourism and Volunteering Articles

  • Costa Rica’s Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge Waves wash up on a narrow beach that turns almost immediately to jungle.In addition to beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs, the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge also protects rare swamp habitats, including the only mangrove forest on Costa Rica’s Caribbean shores.
  • Visiting Playa Matapalo on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast Hills recede in the distance as hazy orange light spills across a wide flat beach.Plan a visit to Playa Matapalo, a beautiful gray-sand beach on the Pacific coast, and the nearby Refugio de Vida Silvestre Ecológico Portalón.
  • Visiting Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast Two sets of footprints dot the beach as light reflects off the water.Puerto Viejo is one of the most happenin’ spots in Costa Rica. Use this guide to plan a trip to the low-key coastal area that’s become a mecca for surfers, backpackers, and the counterculture crowd.
  • Ecoutourism Treks in Guatemala Sunlight comes in at an angle illuminating a farmouse and fog laying low in a pastoral valley.Community tourism initiatives, whereby local Maya guides take travelers to seldom-seen locales in Guatemala’s rugged countryside, make for some extraordinary cross-cultural opportunities. Here are some recommendations for where to start your trek.
  • Tárcoles, Costa Rica: Crocodile Safaris, Birding Tours, and More View of the upper torso of a crocodile with its mouth open.Tárcoles offers many recreation options and wildlife viewing opportunities. Take a zipline tour of the jungle canopy, enjoy a thrilling crocodile safari in the estuary, or keep an eye out for the more than 400 species of birds that inhabit the area. In addition to sharing tour information, author Christopher P. Baker recommends where to ...
  • Manatee-Watching in Fort Myers The beautiful and endangered West Indian manatee at a sanctuary in Florida.Spend a little time on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, and chances are you’ll see a West Indian manatee. Here’s where to go to learn more about manatees and hopefully spot one of these wonderful creatures.
  • Boating, Sailing & Fishing Off Ambergris Caye Photo of Ambergris Caye, with palm trees along the shore and a distant dock.Explore the Caribbean the way it was meant to be traveled: by sea. Here are the top boat tours and operators for those seeking to fish, snorkel, dive, or simply enjoy being out on the ocean.
  • Volunteer Opportunities and NGOs in Ollantaytambo Mountains rise up around the small town of Ollantaytambo.Want a different sort of vacation? Learn more about several NGOs in Ollantaytambo that are worth contacting if you’re looking for volunteer and homestay opportunities.
  • San Isidro de El General in South-Central Costa Rica A small brown bird perches on the vertical trunk of a tree.San Isidro is an agricultural market town, gateway to Parque Nacional Chirripó and Dominical, and a base for white-water rafting. Read more about nature reserves, festivals, and volunteer opportunities in the area.
  • Sea Turtles of the Yucatán A sea turtle floats underwater near some rocks.Four sea turtle species nest on the shores of the Yucatán Peninsula. Learn about volunteering and about changing attitudes toward protection and preservation in the area.

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