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Support a village & leave your travel dollars behind. It’s called community-based ecotourism. Community-based ecotourism provides the traveler with leisure activities in a sensitive and ethical framework that provides unique solutions in three key areas: poverty alleviation through sustainable economic development, environmental preservation, and support of local culture and heritage. Community-based ecotourism is a dynamic endeavor where the local community is the key stakeholder. Community members own and receive direct benefit from the venture. Directory of Ecotourism Sites The following directory is loosely organized by region. These businesses have been founded and/ or operated by economic development organizations seeking to make a difference in their community. Please consider supporting or even visiting them!


Overview Relax on a private island in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi, a volcanic lake in the southwest corner of Uganda. The island is home to Njuyera Island Camp and to a superb display of flora and fauna. Over 200 species of birds, a few unique to the area, lend beauty and song to the island. In addition, you have a lake just out your front door. This resort is for travelers who crave an escape. Since the island is completely set aside for tourists, you will have the whole island to yourself! Accommodations The resort offers safari tents, as well as furnished rooms. All rooms and safari tents are private and come with electricity and lake views. Rates range from US$22 ppp night for single occupancies to about US$65 for a four person occupancy room. Campsites are US$5 per night. Wedding or conferences facilities are available on the island for about 100 people. Activities Guests enjoy bird watching, swimming, cultural dances, soccer, canoeing, visits to local villages, hiking, and nature walks around the island. The Camp also offers a variety of tours including sport fishing day trips, historical tours, and visits to see the Kagoma volcanic gas emissions! These tours range from US$5 to US$20 pp and include a snack or picnic lunch. Getting There The nearest international airport is Entebbe . Entebbe is 37 kilometers from Kampala, the capital city . From Kampala it is a 6 hour drive (420km) to Kabale. Lake Bunyonyi is located 8km from the town of Kabale in the southwestern tip of Uganda. From the shore of Lake Bunyonyi, it is a 10 minute motorboat ride to the island.

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Making a Difference Njuyera Island Camp, started in 1996, is owned and operated in partnership with the Anglican Church of Uganda, Diocese of Kigezi. The aim of the camp is to promote economic, social, religious and cultural values in the lake community. All employees are from the surrounding communities. The camp stimulates local economy as area villages are able to earn additional income by selling food items and local crafts to Njuyera Island Camp and its visitors.   Contact Information Njuyera Sharp’s Island Camp | PO Box 3 | Kabale, Uganda | 256(0)-773-149752 256(0)-774-087809 | samunva@yahoo.com; sharpsisnjuyera@yahoo.com

Webpage www. traveluganda.co.ug/sharpisland

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Overview This region supports some of Africa’s rarest wildlife and plants. Following the trails through the forest at dawn you have a good chance of spotting the rare golden-rumped elephant shrew in search of insects. If you are lucky and use a skilled guide, you may find the Sokoke scops owl, Africa's smallest owl, roosting on a branch. In the tree canopy, Syke's monkeys search for fruit. Hundreds of colorful butterflies frequent the flowers and the varied bird life is breathtaking, especially during the European winter when migrating birds flock to the area in droves. You will not want to miss the flamingos, pelicans and other shorebirds.

Accommodations ASSETS, “Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Ecotourism Scheme,” offers overnight lodging at the Mwamba Field Study Centre. The Mwamba Centre is a guest house located on beautiful beachfront property. The accommodations are reasonably-priced, simple, pleasant and friendly and houses up to 15 guests. For accommodations at the Centre and other options in the area, please visit the following website: http://www.watamu.biz/watamu-business.php?cid=49

Activities The interpretive displays and resources at the Gede Forest Station Visitors Center make it the ideal place to start your journey. The Elephant Trail Tree House is located 2 kilometers from the Visitors Center and offers views into the forest canopy. One can enjoy a picnic lunch, sunset drink or even spend the night in the tree house, lulled to sleep by the sounds of insects, frogs and nightjars. Additional observation points are located in the depths of the forest or at the Nyari Cliffs. Next, hike through the mangrove forest. The mangrove walkway is an impressive structure, a series of 17 suspension bridges leading 260 meters through the mangrove canopy. The walkway leads out to an elevated bird blind (or “hide”) on Mida Creek. The blind offers a superb vantage point to watch the birds, best experienced on high tides as they roost after feeding on the rich, muddy sandflats. (Other activities in the area for you to investigate include snorkeling along coral reefs, beachcombing, visits to the Gede ruins, etc).

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Getting There Watamu is quite easily reached by road and/or air. Watamu is 120 kms north of Mombasa and 28km south of Malindi. Buses and matatus (local taxis) from Mombasa and/or Malindi all stop at Gede, where it is easy to get a matatu to Watamu itself. Malindi Airport is your arrival point from the air. All the Kenyan domestic airlines fly to Malindi, including Kenya Flamingo, Air Kenya and a couple of minor charter companies. Making a Difference ASSETS, a project of A Rocha Kenya, bridges the gap between threatened wildlife and threatened human livelihoods by promoting child education and alleviating poverty, while encouraging community involvement in nature conservation. ASSETS distributes funds generated by ecotourism to provide scholarships for secondary school children who would otherwise be unable to afford the school fees. ASSETS encourages the local people to value the forest and creek by equally distributing the benefits from ecotourism throughout the local communities. In addition, children receiving scholarships are involved various conservation activities. ASSETS is promoting ecotourism by providing facilities which allow visitors a more in-depth experience of the sites. All the proceeds from tourist fees go directly into the ASSETS scholarship fund. Alternatively, you do not have to wait to travel to Kenya. You can sponsor a child for only US$25 per month. (In Kenya, school age children must pay fees to attend elementary through high school). Contact ASSETS Kenya for more information on child sponsorship. Contact Information Stanley Baya, ASSETS Coordinator | PO Box 383 | Watamu 80202 Kenya info@assets-kenya.org Webpage http://www.assets-kenya.org Video - “ASSETS: A Story of Hope� Visit this website for an informative 20-minute video on how ASSETS works. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2504470503567224119

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Overview Bushara Island is a 16-hectare private island situated on Lake Bunyonyi, a volcanic lake in southwest Uganda. This forested islands offers a wonderful place to relax in a glorious setting. The green hills, papyrus swamps and local village culture offer a variety of opportunities for guest to enjoy their stay. Accommodations The resort offers guests a variety of lodging options from pitching one’s own tent to fully furnished rooms to meet the needs of the individual, couples, groups, and families. All safari tents and cottages are self-contained and offer privacy and a beautiful view of the lake. Rates for safari tents and cottages range from US$16 to US $39 pp per night. If you pitch your own tent; the site fee is US$3 pp per night. (See website for complete list of rates.) Group events and conferences accommodations are available for up to 100 people. Activities Swimming, sailing, canoeing, and, for the more adventurous, windsurfing are a few activities people enjoy on Lake Bunyonyi. Bushara Island Camp offers many activities for visitors including nightly campfires, local dance performances, star-gazing, several bird watching tours, and walking trails. The camp offers a variety of cultural and natural tours for US$2-5 pp. An on-site restaurant serves delicious meals including a variety of traditional dishes. Getting There Lake Bunyonyi is located 8km from the town of Kabale in the south-western tip of Uganda. Special taxis are available from Kabale to the shore of Lake Bunyonyi. Transport from the shore of Lake Bunyonyi to Bushara Island can be arranged at Bushara’s lakeside hut. Staff can transport visitors by motorboat or a dugout canoe. Lake travel takes about 15 minutes in the motorboat and about 40 minutes in a dugout canoe. Making a Difference Bushara Island Camp is one arm of a locally managed nonprofit organization called the Lake Bunyonyi Development Company (LBDC). The island camp is a sustainable eco-tourism resort focusing on raising awareness and promoting protection of the natural environment. The camp evolved with assistance of the local Anglican diocese, and in response to the needs of the people of Lake Bunyonyi. Profits from the campground assist local communities around the lake through activities with orphan care, income generation projects, agro-forestry, small livestock distribution, scholarships, craft co-ops, swimming instruction, and HIV/AIDS education. (Continued on page 2)


Contact Information Bushara Island Camp | PO Box 794 | Kabale, Uganda | 256 (0) 486-26110 | 256 (0) 772464585 (Mobile)| busharaisland@africaonline.co.ug

Webpage www.busharaislandcamp.com

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Overview Kuzuko Lodge is located in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa's third largest national park. The lodge is situated in an extremely remote but beautiful corner of South Africa. This park includes many species including the highly coveted “big five” and is in a malaria-free region. Accommodations Kuzuko is a five star resort. Accommodations are in chalets, three of which are wheelchair accessible. Prices run from US$ 450 to US$ 500 ppp night. This fee is all inclusive. Every chalet includes a twin bed, a plasma flat screen television, Internet access, and a telephone. Conference facilities are available for up to 30 guest. Activities Besides comfort and rest, the lodge offers many activities such as game drives, hiking to view ancient Bushman cave paintings, star-gazing and bird-watching. Facilities also include a wellness center and spa, a swimming pool, dining room, bar and lounge. Getting There The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth a full-service hub. Kuzuko is two to two and half hours away traveling on paved and unpaved roads. Car rental facilities are located at the Port Elizabeth airport. Making a Difference Kuzuko Lodge was created out of a vision to combine conservation , job creation, and social stewardship. Conservation efforts include a unique partnership with the South African national park system to reintroduce native fauna and rehabilitating the unique regional flora. In an aim to create local jobs, the lodge has partnered with Umzi-wethu, a South African development organization. Umzi-wehu provides job training and placement for South African youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Kuzuko has hired chefs, waiters and trained field guides from Umziwethu. Kuzuko treats all its employees with dignity and respect paying fair wages and providing benefits.   (Continued on page 2)


Contact Information Kuzuko Lodge | Addo Elephant National Park | Eastern Cape, South Africa | +27 (0) 79 521 7490 | kuzuko@legacyhotels.co.za Legacy Hotels | +27 (0) 11 806 6888 (Central Reservations) | hotels@legacyhotels.co.za Web Page www.legacyhotels.co.za/content.aspx?h=24 www.legacyhotels.co.za

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Overview Experience West Africa at its best! Escape to a land of crocodiles, elephants and ancient human cultures. Relish a moment away from the hectic, modern world through dining on local cuisines and shopping for the famed local woven cloth of Daboya; or immerse yourself in local culture by celebrating the harvest through the Damba Festival and follow us to Sonyo for the famous rabbit hunt. Savannaland, an indigenous ecotourism destination, will be your guide as they highlight the unique and authentic cultural and natural diversity of northern Ghana. The region contains both the Mole and the Bui National Parks. Savannaland is a one-stop tourism destination offering everything from ideal tourism spots to example itineraries ranging from three to fifteen days. Accommodations One of Savannaland’s many services is an effective search tool allowing visitors to choose accommodations from a variety of locations and budgets. Any budget can be accommodated! Savannaland will be happy to help you plan your trip in the following locations: Tamale, Damongo, Bole, Mole National Park, Bui National Park, etc. Activities Mole National Park is the epicenter of Savannaland travels making it an ideal starting place for your journey. Immerse yourself in wild Africa with a guided safari or walking tour where you will be able to witness the lives of both predator and prey up close and personal. Following your safari adventure, experience the lives of people and cultures that thrives on the bounty nature has to offer, untouched. Visit Mognori, where life is in tune with nature; Kulmasa where the lives of humans and crocodiles (Continued on page 2)


share an age long heritage and attachment; Sonyo, for an experience of traditional architecture, an ingenious innovation of ancient persecution and local wars; or retreat to the regional capital, Tamale, where you can visit the Central Mosque, the Chief’s Palace, the Cultural Centre Market or just relax in one of the many Internet cafes or perennial outdoor swimming pools. Still adventurous? Explore untouched diversity of people and cultures in Upper East and Upper West, where an exciting mix of memorable experiences await you. Getting There International guests can arrive at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, Ghana. Kotoka can be reached by many major airlines such as British Airways, Delta, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and many others. From Accra, guests can access additional flights to Tamale via Antrak Air. Ground transport is available through O.A., Imperial, STC etc. Upon arriving in Tamale, easily accessible taxis, buses and car rental services like Eco Journeys will get you to every location within your destination and beyond. Making a Difference Savannaland works to ensure that Ghanaian communities are able to participate in and benefit from tourism while still maintaining these natural, cultural and heritage resources. Your tourist dollars go directly back into the community, helping it develop and grow. Savannaland’s vision is to position ecotourism as a leading agent of economic development in northern Ghana. The Savannaland tourism destination has already been recognized in The Ethical Travel Guide 2009, an international travel guide that lists selected tourism projects all over the world that work to ensure that tourism benefits local people. Contact Information Savannaland Ghana Tourist Board Northern Regional Office PO Box TL 1053 Tamale-Ghana Email: info@savannatourism.com Phone: +233-(0)372024835 WebPage www.savannatourism.com This flyer is for general informational purposes only. The tourist customer bears responsibility for all travel and logistics. Eastern University, its partners, and employees bear no responsibility or liability therein. http://www.eastern.edu/ecotourism


Overview North of the Amazon, the Western Hemisphere’s largest track of untouched rainforest enriches the nation of Honduras with resources and vast ecotourism potential. Moskitia Pawisa Apiska (MOPAWI), an indigenous development organization, works in this region of Central America. This isolated area contains villages of a variety of indigenous peoples: Mosquitia, Pech, Garifuna, Tawahka, and Ladino. A visit to the region, while demanding, will make a memory for life. Indigenous children in Las Marias

Accommodations Food and lodging are rustic and traditional. Guests must have a high sense of adventure to travel in this remote region. Lodging, constructed from beautiful, local materials is simple, but comfortable. Bathhouses consist of a concrete slab for bucket bathing. Toilet facilities are private latrines. There is no electricity in these remote villages. Food is prepared in traditional local styles. Prices for food and lodging are generally low; a budget of US$ 20 per day should cover costs. Activities The region provides a variety of unique attractions. These include travel by dugout canoe, hiking in lowland tropical rainforest, swimming in the Caribbean, experiencing indigenous culture, sea turtle conservation, visits to sites with ancient rock carvings, and more! Extra fees are charged for these activities and vary depending on the duration; tipping guides and assistants must be included in your budget. These fees provide an important source of income for the indigenous communities. Guide explains petroglyphs to a tourist

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Getting There Most guests will use an amazing variety of transportation options to get to this isolated region: international flights, propeller plane, dugout canoe, walking, etc. Please study thoroughly all websites on options for this region. Tourist are responsible for their own travel to the Río Plátano region.

Making a Difference MOPAWI helps protect the 815,000 hectare Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, which comprises a large portion of the rainforest. Ready for the dugout canoe ride MOPAWI’s mission is to integrate sustainable, human development out of the rainforest and nature conservation, emphasizing local ownership in community-based development. Las Marías, one of the principal villages within the reserve, has founded an Ecotourism Committee to organize most of the ecotourist visits to the reserve. Local villagers offer food, lodging and tours on a rotational basis as organized by the local committee. In addition, the committee trains villagers to serve as certified tour guides who are knowledgeable in the local flora and fauna.

Contact Information Moskitia Pawisa Apiska | 4b, 2da Calle, Tres Caminos | Apdo. Postal 2175 | Tegucigalpa, Honduras | Telephone: (504) 235-8659, 239-9234, 232-3480 | E-mail: mopawi@mopawi.org

Web Pages www.larutamoskitia.com (lots of invaluable information) www.mopawi.org (organizational information; Spanish) Note: The websites provide invaluable information. However, many of the options will not directly support the excellent work of MOPAWI. Please make every effort to support the transformational work of MOPAWI!

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Overview La Naturaleza overlooks beautiful Lake Yojoa near the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park. Cerro Azul is located in the heart of Honduras and offers one of the highest cloud forest in country, reaching 2080 meters (6656 feet). With the park covering 312 square kilometers, it is a wonderful place for visitors to enjoy jungle wilderness and clean air. Accommodations La Naturaleza includes a delightful restaurant serving local cuisine, a visitor center for the park, and a natural history museum. Overnight facilities are available on sight and at Los Pinos, which is thirty minutes from La Naturaleza and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle.     Activities • • • • • •

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  Getting There Most guests will fly in and out of San Pedro Sula, a full service international airport. A tourist promotional office opened in San Pedro Sula in 2007 to provide reservation and transportation services for national and international tourists who come to Honduras looking for enjoying high quality ecotourism experiences. La Naturaleza is located on the major highway (CA 5) which connects San Pedro Sula with Tegucigalpa. Making a Difference La Naturaleza is a part of a new movement of socially-responsible tourism which has as its mission in the care of the environment, local culture and community development. La Naturaleza Environmental Education Center seeks to create environmental awareness through educational conferences, movies, and the natural history museum. Procedures from the center go toward environmental protection initiatives in the local community. Operated by Proyecto Aldea Global, La Naturaleza employs 24 people full time from the local community. The organization uses paid and volunteer staff from local indigenous Lenca villages to carry out its ministries of care for creation and poverty alleviation. Contact Information Proyecto Aldea Global | 011 + (504) 608-5510 | panacamtours@paghonduras.org | panacam@paghonduras.org WebPage www.paghonduras.org

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Overview Los Pinos Environmental Center is nestled in Cerro Azul Meambar National Park. The park, located in the heart of Honduras, offers one of the highest cloud forests in the country, reaching 2080 m (6656 feet). Visitors enjoy jungle wilderness, clean air and amazing biodiversity of flora and fauna. The park covers an area of 312 square kilometers. Accommodations Los Pinos offers a wide range of accommodations to visitors including full cabins, bedrooms and camping facilities. Conference accommodations are available for up to 110 people. Prices are reasonable for an overnight stay. Cabins are about US$5 pp per night and camping is about $1.50 pp per night. A dining facility is available; kitchen services can be arranged for about US$3-5 per meal with advance notice.

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Getting There Most guests will fly in and out of San Pedro Sula, a full service international airport. A tourist promotional office opened in San Pedro Sula in 2007 to provide reservation and transportation services for national and international tourists who come to Honduras looking for enjoying high quality ecotourism experiences. A four wheel drive vehicle is necessary to travel to Los Pinos. Making a Difference Los Pinos is a part of a new movement of socially-responsible tourism which has as its mission the care of the environment, local culture and community development. Operated by Proyecto Aldea Global, Los Pinos employs 24 people full time from the local community. The organization uses paid and volunteer staff from local indigenous Lenca villages to carry out its ministries of creation care and poverty alleviation. Contact Information Proyecto Aldea Global | panacamtours@paghonduras.org | panacam@paghonduras.org | 011+ (504)-608-5510 WebPage www.paghonduras.org

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Overview Latigo Ranch is a five star “dude ranch� located in the Arapaho National Forest. Nestled in the Colorado Rockies, it is a place to experience the natural beauty of the American West. Awarded the honor of the best dude ranch in Colorado, Latigo Ranch provides guests a taste of western life along with the comforts of modern amenities. Accommodations Latigo Ranch offers the option of one to three bedroom cabins to meet the needs of the lone traveler, couples, groups or families. Each cabin has its own entrance, porch, and fireplace or wood stove. Wireless Internet is available at specific hotspots around the ranch. Summer visitors typically stay for a week (7 days, 6 nights). Rates are all inclusive and vary per season. During peak summer seasons, a weekly adult rate is about US$2500. Winter rates are US$175 ppp night.

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Activities Summer activities include a variety of horsemanship instruction, riding trips including an overnight horse packing adventure, river rafting, children's programming, archery, fly fishing and much more. During the winter months the main activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and tubing. Most activities are included in the fees. (Continued on page 2)


Getting There The nearest full-service airport to Latigo Ranch is Denver International Airport. The airport is about 130 miles or a 3 hours drive from Latigo Ranch. Most guests either rent a car from the airport or catch a commercially operated shuttle to Kremmling. Latigo staff will pick up guests from shuttle drop-offs with prior arrangement.

Making a difference Latigo Ranch demonstrates great care and stewardship for their mountain lands and streams. The ranch has a proactive relationship with National Forest Service and has pioneered a new environmentally friendly method for horse corralling on overnight horse packing trips. This corralling technique reduces impact on fragile alpine ecosystems and eliminates siltation in stream beds. The National Forest Service has now adopted Latigo’s method.

Contact Information P. O. Box 237 | Kremmling, CO 80459 USA | (970)-724-9008 | (800)-227-9655 info@latigotrails.com Web Page www.latigotrails.com

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Overview Nestled in a lush volcanic valley, the Tzutuhil Mayan villagers of Panabaj offer day tours for a unique look into their story of hope. The Asociación Nuevo Amanecer de Santiago Atitlán (ANADESA) is a cooperative of 16 artisans and their families. These indigenous people are dedicated to a positive future for themselves and their Mayan neighbors. This local community development organization is supported by the Mennonite Central Committee. Accommodations The ANADESA families invite you to stay in a Tzutuhil home and experience traditional Mayan life. The rate for the homestay option is Q90 (pppn) and includes 2 meals. The homestay option is rustic and consists of block houses with bunk beds and blankets. In addition, travel guides list lodging in nearby Santiago and Panjachel. If prior arrangements are made, lunch is provided during the ANADESA tour and for an additional charge. Activities “Walking in the Wake of Disaster” tour is 5–stop, 75 minute, 2.5 kilometer walking tour situated in the valley of Panabaj. The tour stops include: • •

Peace Park– A monument commemorating the 13 Tzutuhil indigenous people murdered by soldiers and long-awaited exit of Guatemalan military. Coffee Forest- Some of the best coffee in the world is grown around the Lake and is a vital part of the local economy.

Volcano Canal– Example of the efforts being made by local government and international aid agencies to prevent future weather hazards from developing into disasters.

Ground Zero– A formerly bustling residential area buried after the fatal mudslides of Hurricane Stan. Product Show & Lunch Site–Over lunch, get a change to relax and chat with the members of the cooperative themselves. In addition, you may browse their beautiful handmade crafts.

Tours cost about Q40 (about US$5) per person. Lunch, if provided, is an additional charge from Q25 (less than US$3) per person. The tour is in Spanish, but English translation is available by prior arrangement through the Connecting Peoples Program (see below). The translation services charge a Q75 fee per tour group. The Lake Atitlán area is scenic and the tourist hub for Guatemala. While the ANADESA tour takes only a day, there are many more sights to see in the region! (Continued on page 2)


Getting There The Connecting Peoples Program of the Mennonite Central Committee may provide some assistance in help you meet the villagers of Panabaj. Their contact information is provided below. Guests travel to Panajachel city in southwestern Guatemala. Once at Panajachel, take a boat trip across Lake Atitlán to Santiago. Because the region is popular with tourists, there are many options for crossing the lake. The trip takes about 30 minutes and generally costs about Q25 pp (about US$3) one way. The tour guide will meet guests in Santiago and arrange transportation from Santiago to Panabaj. At the end of the tour, guests can stay in the village or return to Santiago, a distance of about two kilometers.

Making a Difference ANADESA creates income generation opportunities by pooling the skills and resources of persons with similar talents. All profits generated by the tour are distributed among cooperative members and support the group’s activities. The cooperative uses your tourist income to run an adult literacy program, a children’s art and an environmental education program for its members and other at-risk persons living near Panabaj.

Contact Information Juan Ramirez, your Spanish speaking tour guide in Panabaj | 502/5359-4302 Mennonite Central Committee office headquarters Guatemala City, Guatemala 502/2475-2870 | mccrep@guatemala.mcc.org Connecting Peoples Program — connecting@guatemala.mcc.org

NOTE: The village Panabaj is pronounced “pahn-a-bah.”

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Overview Centered in one of the most picturesque regions of Nicaragua, the Apoyo Lagoon trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The trail was opened by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism and is located only a short drive from either Managua, Nicaragua’s capitol, or Granada, Nicaragua’s tourist hub. The Apoyo Lagoon is bordered by the smoldering Masaya Volcano. A pleasant hike on the trail takes approximately an hour and a half. Concessions and a gift shop are also available. Accommodations Visitors can easily find accommodations in this tourist destination. Hotels and hostels are available in Managua and Granada. A few resorts surround the lagoon. Trips to the trail will be a day trip from your hotel. Price per room ranges anywhere from $25 to $125 a night. Camping areas are also available with tents accommodating up to three people. Package tours including food services are also available. Activities Walking the Apoyo Lagoon trail takes about an hour and a half with a fee of about $6 per person. Fifteen tourists per group is recommended. While walking the Apoyo Lagoon trail, there are opportunities to view wildlife such as howler monkeys and squirrels, and tropical flora including 70 species of trees. Several swimming beaches are also available for cooling off after a hot day hiking around the lagoon. The nearby town of Manay is known for its moderate climate and is a village that still engages in traditional practices, such as raising horses and creating artisinal items. One of Nicaragua's most popular open-air markets is located nearby in Masaya, where Nicaraguan handicrafts can be purchased at exceptionally low prices. Catarina is another nearby town and is one of Nicaragua’s famous traditional towns, where ornamental plants and flowers are grown. Granada, located just four kilometers from the Apoyo Lagoon, is known for its colonial architecture and is the number one destination in Nicaragua for international travelers.

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Getting There About 45 minutes away from Managua, the Pacaya trail is accessible by a modern, paved road. Buses leave every two hours from Managua to Masaya and then on to Apoyo Lagoon. Otherwise, buses are available to Granada and then on to Masaya. Taxis are also available from Granada. Public transportation is available to Diriomito and Pacayita, two small villages situated in the upper northern part of the lagoon. The last bus back from the lagoon leaves around 4:30 pm.

Making a Difference Pacaya Tours is one of the business development projects of World Vision Nicaragua. World Vision is one of the world’s largest economic development and advocacy organizations. Its Nicaraguan affiliate works to empower children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. All income generated through Pacaya Tours is invested back into the local community. One of the main goals for income generated by this ecotourism project is to provide health care to underweight children in Pacaya.

Contact Information Kenia Pavon, Guide, Pacaya Tours Comunidad de Pacaya (frente a las Oficinas de ACADISMA) Masaya, Nicaragua (505) 675-9090/670-1961/883-5024 www.winnernet.net/gs/emperesa/m1/esp/pagina.php? IDs=76&IDc=307 pacayatour@yahoo.es

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Overview Experience the best of what the Northern High Andes has to offer with Andes EcoTours. From páramos to cloudforests, urban wetlands and Andean deserts, the Cundiboyacense region has everything a visitor needs to experience the natural joys of Colombia. Discover the ancient treasures left behind by the Musica people, admire Spanish colonial architecture, magnificent cathedrals and streets adorned with colorful artisinal creations, and get to experience the daily lives of community members as you join them in the countryside to help milk cows, learn more about coffee production, sugar cane, potatoes and flowers - or simply to compete in a traditional game of ‘tejo’. Andes Ecotours specializes in day trips from Bogotá, but can also help to arrange weekend getaways, farmstays and trips to various festivals around the region. Accommodations Andes EcoTours has partnered with the non-profit organization, SieChitá, to provide accomodations for international travelers. The guesthouse is located adjacent to our office in the heart of the oldest and most historic neighborhood in Bogotá. There are three rooms available with a shared bathroom, each of which have been decorated to represent a portion of Colombia’s colorful, cultural and natural heritage. All proceeds gained from accommodation help to support SieChitá and its work within the community. Activities Our ecotours provide visitors with the opportunity to actively experience a wide range of activities, including nature hikes through a diverse array of ecosystems, birding, canoe rides with local fishermen, photography tours, visits to cultural heritage sites, gastronomic immersions, hands-on workshops with local artisans and much more! We can also assist visitors in acquiring various volunteer/internship placements with our partners throughout the region. Bogota, Colombia

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Getting There Most major airlines offer flights to Bogotá.. From the El Dorado airport, visitors have various options for reaching our office and/or the guesthouse in La Candelaria. The best of these for first time visitors, is to wait in the designated taxi line upon exiting the building – this line ensures that you travel with a licensed, yellow taxi. The ride from the airport to La Candelaria is about 40 minutes and costs around US$20. AndesEcoTours can also help to arrange airport pick-up for travelers who prefer to use private transportation.

Making a Difference Andes EcoTours works to ensure that the tourist’s experience goes far beyond being a simple observer to actively experiencing the land with its people. The communities we work with play a central role in all of our tours, allowing us to pave the way for a holistic visitor experience and better environmental stewardship. One of the ways in which we are making a difference is through our signature tours, a selection of well-thought out plans that have been designed to maximize community involvement and encourage activities that will ultimately lead to long-term sustainability within the region. Andes EcoTours has partnered with local community members, NGOs and other organizations to ensure that our tours leave positive and long-lasting impressions on both visitors and locals alike.

Contact Information Calle 13 #3-89, Bogotá, Colombia | Phone: (57) 310 559 9729 Email: andesecotours@gmail.com Web Pages For ecotours: www.andesecotours.com For guesthouse: www.siechita.org

This region of Colombia is known for dairy products

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Overview Find yourself surrounded by green mountains and dig into a plate of fresh trout and organic veggies as you share with the innovative small farmers of La Vega del Volcán. Vega del Volcán sits at the feet of Tacaná Volcano, the second highest volcano in Central America. The Cooperative of La Vega del Volcán is made up of rural men and women committed to finding new ways to support their families without leaving home or harming the environment. This local development organization is supported by Mennonite Central Committee. Accommodations Guests can stay in the newly-built lodge with views of the whole val- Hiking from Siendita to Nuevas ley, equipped with 16 rooms and hot water. There is also the option Maravillas. of staying in the home of one of the co-op families. Both options cost Q30/$4 pppn; with the families, the guests have the option of trying out a traditional Mayan bath called the chuj or tamascal for an additional Q10/$1.50. Meals are also available and range between $3-$5. Activities The "Trout Trail" Tour is 1.5km, 2 hour (light) hike, which includes the following stops: Testimony of a Successful Producer: Froilan talks about turning the mountainous terrain into trout ponds and how he's expanding his work. Vega's Natural Riches: Lisandro shows his land filled with Calla Lillies and the beautiful views of the Tacaná Volcano and the Cambaj mountain. Hurricane Stan, Disaster, and Opportunity: Urbano shares how his family's livelihood was threatened by Hurricane Stan, as well as how he has learned to take advantage of natural re sources to support them. Agro-ecology and the Future: Arnulfo and Mari give a tour of their organic farm and explain why it is so important to implement agro-ecology in the community.

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Getting There After arrival in Guatemala, the traveler makes her way westward to San Marcos. Then, a two-hour bus ride will take her from San Marcos to Sibinal. Guides from La Vega will meet guests in Sibinal. Visitors can easily find buses to San Marcos and the same for San Marcos to Sibinal. From Sibinal to La Vega, there is the option of taking a pickup (Q350/$45 for up to 10 people per truck) or hiking (three hours, moderate-difficult hike). Making a Difference Cooperative members receive income through acting as guides, cooks and housekeepers. Money from the tours is used to support the workshops and trainings in agro-ecology, trout production, nutrition, and community organization. Contact Information Gustavo Ramos | 502 5581 6055 | ramosgustavo50@gmail.com

Crossing a log bridge on a hike from Sibinal to Nuevas Maravillas.

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  Overview In an area of bountiful reefs and marine life, Vanua Rapita overlooks the peaceful Marovo Lagoon on tiny Michi Island of the Solomon Islands chain. The Marovo Lagoon, a proposed World Heritage site, is the largest island-enclosed lagoon in the world. Author James Michener has called Marovo the eighth wonder of the world. The region is known for an extremely high concentration of coral species and the largest leatherback turtle nesting sites in the Indo-Pacific region. Guests are certain to experience unique and exquisite beauty in this idyllic ecotourism hideaway. Accommodations Overall, accommodations are rustic, yet comfortable and clean. There is no electricity or running water. The friendly manager claims to have never seen a television set! Three leaf houses built in local bungalow style overlook the water and provide housing for Vanua Rapita guests. Single, double or twin beds are available. Rates are about US$29 pp per night including all meals. Food, prepared in traditional island styles is served at an informal bar/restaurant on site. Room interior at Vanua Rapita

Activities Activities offered on Michi Island include relaxing on the beach, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, beachcombing, scuba diving and more! The local villagers provide additional cultural activities for guests. Getting There Seghe airfield, located on a nearby island, is the closest commercial airport to Vanua Rapita. Solomon Airlines has almost daily flights from Munda, Giza, and Honiara. Guests then travel by motor canoe from Seghe airfield to Michi Island, which is about a 30 minute ride.

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Making a Difference Vanua Rapita Eco-Resort was established, with the assistance of the World Wildlife Fund, to provide sustainable, economic benefits from tourism for the villagers. In this way, logging is a less attractive option. The resort is operated by Michi village. Village members take shifts cooking, cleaning, and bartending and all the income goes the community and local business. The challenges facing the Solomon Islands are not to be underestimated. Endemic poverty and environmental degradation threaten this beautiful archipelago. Ecotourism remains a viable alternative to a bleak future.

Contact Information Michi Island | Seghe Postal Agency | 677-22-442 (telephone) | 677-23-986 (fax)| info@solomonsvillagestay.8k.com Webpage http://www.angelfire.com/biz/solomonsvillagestay/lodges.html Then, scroll down to Vanua Rapita Eco-Resort.

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