Rather Odd Journey – 6. Ecotourism

Rather Odd Journey – 6. Ecotourism


aleko treason is treason so is eco tourism and he says just tourism or is it something more this is a journey for my delegate to the Arctic where myself with the help of wooing friends export travel concepts concepts you may not learn about from a travel agency up to this point my cousin aaron has been a part of the journey we’ve traveled almost linked to the continent together but due to the accident they flew back home yes the accident when you film as we do the chances of your camera survived the journey are pretty low the cameras down a night tour of Rio de Janeiro it has gone swimming good even when sliding once an entire time so when you’re at an ecological reserve volunteering we decided to go ziplining ziplining was not the problem though the problem was we went ziplining together the journey continued without the camera as a waited for new option to materialize I find a replacement camera in Toronto but I need to get the camera to me so I father invited him to come down in the camera how long on this trip somewhere along the line I thought I was gonna be involved which is a bit interesting that i’m not sure if he understands what i’m trying to do he just does the things that he usually does gets me I don’t have a house I don’t live anywhere in particular as long as he’s not married he has the opportunity to do this you and the religion is obviously different as well I believe God didn’t want me to go in this direction so my father a man of sixty eight years who’s never been further south in Texas will help me explore the concept of eco-tourism ecotourism according to international ecotourism society as you find is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people to ensure we explore eco-tourism at a deeper level rule for this episode is that we must participate in eco tourism activities where possible my father and I had two pairs Mina Costa Rica to save the turtles turtles including the giant leatherback come to lay their eggs on Paris Mina beach historically these eggs provide a significant source of food and income for the local community in 2001 a handful local residents the Costa Rican Coast Guard start a grassroots organization to protect the turtles through their efforts and with help of donations and volunteers such as us they have reduced poaching of the turtle eggs from ninety-eight percent to thirty-eight percent an important part of this is creating other sources of income for the local community such as providing accommodation for volunteers a couple were saying that they’re really nice couple by the way both of them are and yeah they have they have two kids and their we behaved kids to really really nice family we’re really enjoying staying there and very happy people how are you how are you I volunteering here contributes in a number of ways one is the economic spin-offs project employs ten guides in addition to the economic spin-offs we also have a more direct role when you participate in the night patrol by having extra people out there helps with the protecting the turtles from the poachers the city turtles last night no every did not see any Turtles it was too stormy so halfway through we decided to call it quits father you’re drenched from head to toe first nights we didn’t see any Turtles a little disheartening so what you’re left with is a walk occasionally you miss something do a little bit of a stumble or I was into a rogue wave comes along and so to everybody I hear I was imagining myself at my age and being in Costa Rica along of walking on a beach at night and say what am I doing here we saw turtles last name to to be exact we saw one first Hugh cute man it’s just well it’s bigger than a calf yeah it was definitely a new experience they came in because the weather was right is right for them they lay all these eggs and then they go back out to sea number to meet your dungeons dami vamos lá lá see 100 on the way to the lagoon we stopped briefly to check out the local Sunday afternoon football game and of course to get to the lagoon who needs to bite down the landing strip dad a former dairy farmer also gets to check out some of the strange cows in these parts neat-looking couch comparing their but we’ve never seen anyone Oh we sell caimans in the Saguna just last night but I think dad is oblivious to this back our nightly excursions are feeling closer and closer to the real experience so we just got back from eight to twelve Toro Patrol he saw two turtles just one guide so in the two of us so we actually got to do stuff she felt like we’re at just observers and for the science team doing stuff so that was pretty cool dad pulled almost 100 eggs out of a hole and put it in the bag every the tags wallets kicking sand back and yeah I got a mouthful of sand and a shower before me the bed to get my my tigger sheets dirty they were spongebob squarepants but she changed the sheets the next morning while I was out my father went for as soon as he likes to do this isn’t the local lake back home though of course I didn’t plan to go very far I just went a little ways and when I looked back i was out 150 feet realizing they load lot cooler than I plan to beat joy news I tried my best to soon those big waves and I swolled with some salt water and then I did a lot of praying I got back to shore and that was a boat hit otherwise I wouldn’t have made it and I was very exhausted time I finish coming back to shore and it couldn’t tell anybody because he couldn’t speak their language until Kelvin got back after help tell the story of my father’s near-death experience to local family we take a boat tour to check out some of the local wildlife in the area that my father has never seen we went by boat up the river saw several monkeys up in trees way up high let me saw all these different birds he named them but of course we remember all the names that wouldn’t be possible and then he even saw some bats a whole family of bats on a row stuck on a tree you know water yeah yeah I’m going in yeah you saved me if I drown my father and I were volunteers here for a week it was full of new experiences like any experience the longer you stay the more in-depth it will be and now topics for eco-tourism little more is true tourists but Fernandez come down from the Arctic looking for a break from the Arctic version of the daily grind for me what I hope to get out of the week is just seeing a lot of green clans and getting my hands into soil at the farm that we’re going to but before we head to the farm we stopped at a sloth sanctuary so our volunteers help us in well all of this the dirty work which was cage cleaning and and they also prepare the food to the sauce its general work but it really allows people to get close to the top and this is why our volunteers come you know mostly it’s just alerted about this amazing animals volunteering here requires a minimum time commitment that our schedule cannot accommodate we’re therefore not able to follow the rule of dissipation equal tourism activities as tourists though we’re still able to contribute through our dollars to stay here so what are we supporting you rescue them yes we rehabilitate them those that can go back into the wild are reintroduced in a while obviously these babies don’t have their mothers teaching so they have no idea how to survive in a while so the babies are always going to be from the residue we employ local people hey wake up a sista club to being here seven o’clock ready to war with the here I do in the tours so I teach people how to slow sleep but in doing in here and to educate the people go to so that’s my job Costa Rican people we grow with the go banging was a little girl I never think there was important and I think now is changed my life which you learn not all Costa Rican people everywhere in the world to love our animals to protecting not just heating with the cars and left them behind these guys have evolved over millennium millions of years to a life that is safe from predators now we come into the picture my DM 02 to deal with new roads or have power lines they tend to smell like whatever is surrounding them algae grows and saucer in the wild they smell like L&T in captivity 10 smell like / we used to like the fabric softener that we use to clean themselves will be resourceful so that’s mostly thanks like that stuff the kind of like tofu okay not helpful in the sense of tofu tastes like whatever you put it in it seems that a lot of people working here are experiencing a nice community together and probably building a lot of positive energy around creating something that everyone’s proud of in their community and creating more awareness around caring about wildlife and the interaction between urbanization and wilderness here the slots are extremely cute I don’t know why one species finds another species so cute it looks like they’re snuggling the person who’s holding them up like as if they’re cuddling and really close but I think it’s cuz they think the person’s like a cheap there’s some highlight besides given spend time with my dear friend Anna would be having matale this loft trying to grab my camera probably also some little weird sloth moments like just seeing a sloth of this back leg hooked up on a bar and yet it’s fun of them’s cover under a blanket it’s like being naturally feel like they need to cling to something all the time the boat trip was really tranquila this morning I felt completely intent that I’ve never seen so much greenery before and it’s about this humidity and heaviness of jungle and warmth and feel a lot of life thick around me we saw a monkey’s today and a little boat trip and and it was quite excited was your first monkey outdoor experience I’ve never seen a monkey before I really enjoyed seeing bananas floating in the water out of the context of supermarket or kitchen and something about it seems funny I could have floated there for hours just taking in all the smells and sounds our world is going so fast and we think beauty is in your slowness estates and stopping in to meet you serving you and taking care of your environment next on the agenda is the farm this isn’t like any farm back home though actually it feels like we’ve arrived in the set of the reality TV show Survivor Punta Mona was started about 15 years ago a place that people could come and learn how to live sustainably without the use of chemicals and growing food organically just a different way of living turns come here for other month long today six month long stays already or even longer and they develop more of a relationship with the local culture and what it’s like growing up like a full season in tropical country typical day at Punta Mona is about six o’clock in the morning Yoga is available or yoga studio and around 7-730 we have breakfast and right after that volunteers usually get their chores finished up for the rest of the day like sweeping of the trails taking out a compost watching the dishes in the kitchen and sweeping out the houses the living spaces I usually well put together a monthly schedule on a calendar what’s going on in the gardens biet planting fruit trees or planting lots of different lettuces greens medicinal plants herbs for the kitchen and the afternoon the interns have the options of going kayaking snorkeling going to the local town and oka turtle watching or they can continue to work with me you got any twos well dinner is usually served right around seven o’clock in the evening time and we below consciousness signal when breakfast lunch and dinner is ready that is a schedule of a long-term intern and and I know once again a limited time and are here more to relax and I was all when boys a tourist who’s coming through may stay for a day or two and they never really develop a foundation here or an attachment or a relationship with the local people the people that have lived here Punta Mona for years maybe it is because I’m just a tourist but doesn’t really feel like this is a place for absorbing yourself into local culture but it does offer is an opportunity to learn about sustainable practices the main house is like the one over there the front outs on the roof of this is building catches water and sends it in into these two big tanks so the water pumps up through this tube up to a three stage filtration system which is upstairs going to take up there and show you that water first enters this tank here and it goes through sand which then goes through another filtration so goes to the finer and finer goes through this final final filter and then guess this one has more like beneficial microorganisms in it so there leads down into the kitchen to our sinks yeah he conservative on our internet use any of the power to use music and stuff that’s why I’m constantly on people to turn lights off make we get energy from the city balancing hello we’re off the grid its solar energy you have to really be conscious about it and this one is always got juice going to it even if we’re out of electricity there’s a reserved for the radio so we can call out in any time there’s anybody who gets bitten by the snake or breaks a leg or get stabbed in the arm by Choo so like i did call bako he’ll bring the boat in really simple we need to revamp on our batteries and maybe a couple new panels but our panels even as old as they are they still there really quite efficient it’s just the battery system needs to be redone one of these days hopefully soon cuz it’s nice to have a refrigerator here but it really gets everybody in the mode to as well as just use fresh food on a daily basis to me eco means just living Warren tune Warren rhythm with nature I think this brings us to another aspect of ecotourism not often identified as being a part of it the learning experience learning about eco practices on how to live more in tune with nature it’s more of a hands-on experience so we just take them right onto the gardens and they learn how to plant how to tell how to prune fruit trees when its ecological tourism have a real problem with eco tourism to tell you truth because I don’t find it eco at all especially when people are having date to get in these big jets and burning so much fuel to come check out another country that’s supposedly you know gearing their economy towards like supporting ecotourism so I think ecotourism then we looked at from two different perspectives the local perspective is about conserving the local environment and improving the well-being of local people the global perspective include the visitor actually learns and takes back with them as well as the carbon footprint of the overall trip in the next episode we eating comes down a rather odd old uni friend we will look at the concept of eco hotels we will also take a closer look at actual carbon footprints of different types of travel you you

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