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Twenty-One Beautiful Birds of Costa Rica – More Birdgasm!

  See more from the #EcoCostaRica Project From my travel journal: December 2, 2013 Last night at the Savegre Lodge was downright cold.  I was there specifically to see the birds of Costa Rica. I lit a fire and hung my clothes near to the flames to dry the sweat from the day’s hike.  I made [...]

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SEND ME BACK TO FINLAND! The Lake of Bothnia and Finland Ecotourism Project

My first crowdfunding campaign is under way! This is my very first attempt at crowdfunding one of the numerous projects I have in mind.  It probably will not be the last. Please help me set this project in motion. Click that link and please be so kind as to jump on board. Goal I need [...]

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Paywa Zuni Bread – Sourdough From (PERHAPS) the Largest Horno in the State

Two days ago I dropped in on Jimmy Paywa of Zuni Pueblo for some bread. “Jim….hmmmm…. I think I’ll be able to remember your name,” he said. “Don’t worry if not,” I told him. “Sometimes I can’t even remember my own name.” “Then you might have a hard time remembering mine!”  He waved me over [...]

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Ecotourism Costa Rica – The Impacts on Three Guides

It is hard to deny that ecotourism has benefited the nation of Costa Rica in a great number of ways.  The ecotourism boom began in the mid-1980s and really took off in the 1990s with 800,000 foreigners visiting the Central American nation in 1995, 1.03 million in 1999 and an astounding 2.34 million in 2012, [...]

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Lankester Botanical Garden – #EcoCostaRica

Check out more from the #ecocostarica trip on Twitter, FB and G+ I’m a sucker for flowers and gardens of any kind. My dreams are full of them. Just outside Cartago, Costa Rica is an 11 hectare (27 acre) garden created by Charles H. Lankester in the 1940’s. The native of Southampton, England was never formally [...]

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Travel Blogging Calendar 2014 – Less Skin, More Elephants!

I’m sure you remember. Last year I joined in with a a bunch of other bloggers to bare it all for charity. It was a fun project with an excellent goal.  But…well….my butt. My butt was the problem.  Preciously few people were interested in seeing that white mass hanging out there in the cold mountain [...]

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I’m Off to Costa Rica!

At 6am in the morning on November 30th, I’m flying out to Costa Rica. Astonishingly, this will be my first trip to Costa Rica but my second opportunity this year to get to Central America – a part of the globe I’m totally falling in love with. Way back in June I announced that I [...]

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Deforestation in Panama

EDITOR’S NOTE: I still have so much material from my first visit to Panama. Yes, I plan another visit as soon as possible – Costa Rica first however, in just three weeks!  I’ll be trickling out more from Panama over the next few months. Deforestation in Panama In January 2013 I spent several days hiking [...]

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Should Foreigners Pay More? Damn Straight.

Should foreigners pay more? That was the question back at the beginning of summer when a heated discussion ensued among travel bloggers on Facebook. At the center of the debate was the tendency of some world governments to charge foreign visitors more than locals to enter a national monument, archaeological site or wildlife park. The [...]

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SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Archaeological Tourism Impacts in Peru

SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Link Between Archaeology & Tourism in Peru “Tourism dollars, used right, can go a long way towards building local economies and preserving archaeological treasures.” So says Nick Stanziano, co-founder of the Peru-based tour operator SA Luxury Expeditions. “Tourism dollars, used right, can go a long way towards building local economies and preserving [...]

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There is not language yet for what we’re trying to do. Izilwane – Voices for Biodiversity

Editor’s note: Last month I had the pleasure to interview Tara Waters Lumpkin the Executive Director of Taos, New Mexico (USA) – based Izilwane about her work to create a global online community sharing stories to connect humans with the natural world and help other species flourish. ~ ~ ~ Bala Dada was stunned when he saw [...]

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What to do about Barriles? Archaeology Travel in Panama

Below the grassy parking area where the majority of the stone artifacts were on display I crawled into a cool, tiny sandy nook. The hole at the edge of El Sitio Barilles was made into a cave by the dangling roots of bright green bamboo stands that teetered overhead. I was looking at the layer [...]

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