I attended Colombia's 2023 Nature Mart Conference in September 2023 and participated in one of the 6 tour options that were offered prior to the conference in various regions of the country. Each of these focused on community-based initiatives geared to conserve the environment and to help the local people. This is keeping in line with the government's emphasis on Regenerative, instead of Sustainable tourism. The graphic below shows the difference.
Are you planning a trip to the Amazon and want to learn about the plants and animals that you might see? Or do you want to learn about the history of exploration in the Amazon - from the adventures of the explorers to the knowledge that they gained?
In the over 20 years that I have been involved in travel to the Amazon, here are some of the books that I have found to be fascinating reading sources.
Matteo Preabianca recently interviewed our agent Jorge Rodriguez for an article published on June 19 in the Italian publication Agoravox. In the article, Jorge talks about his latest article "Environmental protection in the Amazonian communities of western Peru".
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In recent days you may have read or heard about an airplane crash in the Colombian Amazon and the search for 4 missing children that were on that flight. That might lead you to worry about how safe it is to fly into the Amazon. Let me explain a few things to ease your fears.
You may be pondering where to go on your next vacation, since it's getting close to summertime in the northern hemisphere. Let's take a look at what your interests are and see what places you might consider.
Buenos Aires and wine are probably the things that most people think about when the subject of Argentina comes to mind. Since almost a third of the countries' population lives in Buenos Aires and the wines of Argentina have become so renowned, it is easy to understand why, but the country has so much more to offer visitors.
Have you been considering planning a trip to several countries in South America and you are wondering about the best way to do it? If you're backpacking and have unlimited time, then maybe having an efficient and trouble-free itinerary is not that important to you. But if you're the type that just wants to enjoy the trip and not have to worry about dealing with problems that may arise along the way, then we can help you.
Leadership in destinations within the Amazon Basin has its rewards. With over 50 programs throughout Brasil, many of them in the Amazon Rainforest and surrounding regions such as the Pantanal, we cover most remote areas in South America’s largest country. Amazon Adventures has been bringing guests to Brazil’s most distant and isolated corners for over 25 years. We pride ourselves of being recommended by some of the most important travel media outlets as International Travel News, National Geographic Adventures, Brandt Guides, Fodors, USA Today and Frommers, among others.
In September we had the opportunity to visit Southern Patagonia as a hosted buyer in ATTAs (www.adventuretravel.biz) AdventureNext event in Magallanes to Reconnect, Reactivate and Regenerate. This was our first trip to the region in 3 years for obvious reasons and this time was special because the Reconnect part was with some of our best, decades old friends and industry partners in the region. In Torres del Paine, Rio Serrano hosted the event, Hotel Lago Grey hosted a magnificent gourmet evening event and Hotel las Torres displayed their famous Bar Pionero Mixologist in a Sustainable Bar Tending lecture and hands on class.
I recently visited Caño Cristales, along with some other sites near the town of La Macarena, on a trip with some other agents that was sponsored by Procolombia.
Of course everyone wanted to see Caño Cristales because it is a wonder of nature, famous for a unique aquatic plant which lives in this river that spans 100kms, and changes its color into red only once a year between July and November. But the purpose of the trip was also to highlight some of the other newly-developed attractions in the area that can be visited all year round.
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time