Ecotourism in the Amazon
This past April I had an amazing experience in Ecuador. From the mountains to the Amazon Rainforest, we met indigenous people and enjoyed a simpler way of life.
In the Amazon, the primary reason for the local indigenous people to entertain the idea of hosting tourists, is to build alliances with North Americans and Europeans in order to help protect the fragile Amazon ecosystem.
I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Daniel Kooperman about how the Kapawi Ecolodge got its start. Kapawi was recently awarded a distinctive honour of being one of the top 10 Ecolodge projects in the world by the United Nations.
As well, the Alliance with North Americans has helped this community of Achuar people gain political control over their homeland, making it easier to keep oil, forestry and farming exploitation from destroying their world.