| The Americas’ Greenest | Costa Rica and eco-travel have long been synonymous. And for good reason. Although smaller than West Virginia, this tiny Central American country is home to nearly five percent of all species on Earth, and over 25 percent of the Costa Rica has been permanently protected as national parks or nature [...]
‘Tis the season for looking ahead to 2013. Here are eight New Year’s resolutions to enrich and broaden the horizons of any green traveler.
Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. By visiting these destinations,
| Agua Muy Potable | Chocolately organic coffee and colorful Mayan handicrafts aren’t the only highly prized products from Guatemala’s UNESCO World Heritage town of La Antigua. Nearby, on a finca(ranch), is its greenest spot. For here, day after day, the greatest environmental threat to the health of Guatemala—and the entire underdeveloped world—is combated. We’re [...]
| Greening in Guatemala | They ate so many avocados they became known as panzas verdes. Green bellies. That’s about all there was to eat after the earth shook Guatemala’s capital to pieces in 1773. The Spanish rulers decreed the city dead, but a foolhardy few chose to remain behind to live amid the rubble. [...]
| Ultra Green Style | The first word that springs to mind is drama. OK … maybe after wow! The lake itself is drama in liquid form. One of the 4 sacred lakes that bounds the traditional world of the Guatemalan highlands, Lake Atitlan is a total oh-wow stunner. A deep caldera filled with cool [...]
| The Green Nexus | Panajachel (just plain Pana to the locals) is the commercial hub of Lake Atitlan in the western Guatemalan highlands. Compared to the quiet indigenous villages that ring the lake, it’s a bustling metropolis. Its street markets sell most of the same brilliantly colored textiles and crafts you’ll find at the [...]
| Guatemala’s Green Godfather | The ancient Mayan city of Tikal is a true wonder of the archeological world, and the 200+ square miles of protected tropical forest that surround it are reasons enough for a visit to northern Guatemala. But where do you stay? We have a suggestion you shouldn’t refuse. Film director Francis [...]