As many of my clients know, I have spent a good portion of the past 20 or so years guiding and working on research projects in the rainforests of Central and South America. I am hoping to encourage some of you to visit these beautiful ecosystems and to raise awareness of the imminent peril to the future of these incredible forests. I am convinced that the only way to save these forests is through ecotourism.
Why Ecotourism is For You
Many people that I’ve talked with over the years hesitate to visit South or Central America because of safety concerns in these areas. I can confidently say from experience that these countries (with the exception of Columbia) are remarkably safe. More so than many cities in the U.S. Did you know that Miami rates as one of the most dangerous cities in the world? So take the chance of a lifetime to see the beauty nature has to offer while it still exists.
A visit to Ecuador or Costa Rica can be a wonderfully unforgettable experience for adults and children alike. The different indigenous cultures, the flora, and fauna are outside of our experience as U.S. citizens. It gives us a rich, healthy broadening of our world view. I’ve found that children and teenagers are particularly enriched by a visit to the New World Tropics. Another benefit to a rainforest vacation can be felt in your wallet. A dollar, even in its present state, goes a long way in South America – and if you ask my wife, the shopping there is fantastic.
Just by visiting the rainforests of Central and South America you are helping to preserve them. They are critical to the overall health of our planet in so many ways. Simply put, they are the lungs of the world. Without them, the climate and world as we know it today could not exist. We would be far worse off without them. I strongly urge all of you consider a trip to these precious forests. You’ll never regret it. Change the course of history by educating yourselves and others about the rainforests that have such an impact on our day-to-day lives.