I bet you take roads for granted. You use them in your car, on your bike, hell, you might even skip down the middle of them at 4 a.m. after a particularly frivolous night out. You don’t think anything of them unless there are potholes and roadworks and traffic lights that are conspiring against you. You only notice roads when something goes wrong.
Well, what if there were no roads? What if, instead of that rush hour junction on the A10 and that cyclist who always cuts you up at the lights, you had two rivers to cross and a three-mile stretch of undergrowth to hack through with a machete? That was the reality I faced when I spent three months in the Manu National Park in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.
Admittedly, I didn’t have to make that four-hour journey every day, but I did it enough for it…
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is Ancient Greek for “entire Earth”.Is the name given to the last ,
global supercontinent ,which existed 250 million years ago.
The PANGAEA project,which envisages sailing around world in
4 years ,is the brainchild of Mike Horn- researcher ,extreme adventurer,idealist,visionary-a man who is renowned for his daring
expeditions.Based on the central theme “explore,learn,act”,he initiates social and environmental project around globe together with young explorers from all over the world.During the expedition ,the young explorers get to know our planet’s ecosystem and play an active part in helping to preserve our natural world.They become ambassadors ,taking the idea of environmental protection back to their homelands,
where they then initiate their own projects.
Like the expedition itself ,Mike Horn’s vessel PANGAEA,is also named after the last of global supercontinent .Measuring 35 meters
in length it is one of the world’s largest and most versatile expedition
sailboat .Even when the boat was…
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It’s taken a year to process the experiences and lessons learned from my initial trip to Peru, 10/2011. The deeply personal experiences of my Peru trip to Cusco, Machu Picchu and Urubamba are thanks to the guidance of Dr. J.E. Williams. It is through his guidance encompassing medical, cultural and spiritual backgrounds that allowed me to have experiences with the Q’ero people, their culture and traditions.
There were many times during the trip where I felt a deeply personal connection to Peru. This connection was not just geographical, but also spiritual in the sense that I literally felt like I was home. It was the same feeling one gets when they return after a long journey into the arms of their mother or father. It is because of these experiences that I will return to Peru, not just as a traveler, but as a friend.
Stay tuned for my upcoming review of Dr. J.E. Williams’ new book, Light of the Andes, which chronicles his own journey to the great mountain, Apu Ausangate.
[Note: I am not getting paid to promote anyone or any organization on this post. However, I do have to thank Ron Mader at Planeta.com for his online presentation, Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities, as it sparked an interest in researching about indigenous travel.]
In an effort to learn more about the current state of affairs in the travel industry, I decided to search online for free resources regarding responsible tourism and social media in the travel industry. The World Travel Market 2012 was a good place to view online archived presentations that had occurred within the last 24 hours. The website has a “WTM TV” header that links to presentations ranging from social media basics and tech trends to activity/adventure/sports tourism trends. Once I saw all of the variety of topics available, I assumed since this was a corporate based audience that they would offer either 20 seconds of online viewing, or charge an astronomical fee. To my surprise, most of the presentations were no shorter in length than 20 minutes and the average was around 40 minutes. I was very pleased.
Since I am new to social media, I did learn a fair amount about overall trends like:
1) the importance of a mobile presence since the statistics are off the charts re: future mobile travel search and bookings.
2)But, here’s a refreshing change–one expert said to the audience of travel businesses that it was paramount to seek and hire travel bloggers to deliver on the SEO benefit of using social media. But, most importantly,
3) subjects that I am very interested in like indigenous travel, responsible travel, conscious travel were mentioned under the heading of ‘adventure travel’. A few of the adventure travel speakers commented on the importance of creating healthy relationships with indigenous local businesses
not just because it delivers ROI, but because it is the right thing to do. Paying fair wages, respecting healthy conditions for indigenous workers, respecting the environment are not just peripheral afterthoughts, but central beliefs in any successful travel business model.
In future posts, I will talk about other virtual presentations re: indigenous travel, responsible travel, conscious travel.