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Special Video

Special Video

Great news! One of the ecolodges on EcoTripMatch.com was chosen by Sir David Attenborough's team as partners and lodges to film the latest BBC natural history series: Seven Worlds, One Planet. Between December 2018 and March 2019, the Tambopata Research Center hosted...

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What You Eat Matters

What You Eat Matters

As you may have figured out, I like to focus on the positive when it comes to the environment and conservation. That doesn't mean any of the problems go away, but I don't think it's particularly helpful to load people up with bad environmental news and leave them...

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True Love for Truly Bird Friendly Coffee

True Love for Truly Bird Friendly Coffee

Note: This is a post from my friend Marina Richie. It was so helpful, I wanted to share it. Enjoy! This is conservation made easy (and yummy)!I have a Valentine’s Day confession to make. I truly love that first sip of morning coffee –not just any java, but my new...

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Panama! The Love Affair Continues

Panama! The Love Affair Continues

How to sum up Panama? As many of you know I have a long history with Panama's rainforests and animals, particularly the birds. I just got back from co-leading two back-to-back nature tours so I was fully immersed for nearly three weeks. It is simply the most...

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5 Things to Do in Peru (other than Machu Picchu)

5 Things to Do in Peru (other than Machu Picchu)

Peru: Land of DiversityDon’t be shocked. There are people who go to Peru for a couple weeks and never make it to Machu Picchu (ah….yeah, I'm one of them). While Peru is known for that remarkable spot in the mountains, there is so much more to explore outdoors in Peru....

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Macaws!

Macaws!

Birds of a Feather If you have a soft spot for big, bold, charismatic birds, then you might want to think about heading for Brazil’s Pantanal region, where you can see at least three species of macaw on a single trip. How does this sound: Hyacinth Macaws, Blue and...

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Survey Says

Survey Says

Survey Results A few weeks ago I sent out a link to a survey to see who you are and what your concerns are in terms of getting yourself out the door and onto nature trips. Curious what I found? Here are some insights (and it's not to late to take the survey, just...

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Connecting you to the answers

Connecting you to the answers

Now THIS I’m excited about! I added a new feature to EcoTripMatch.com that I hope will grow into a global online community of people that helps each other with questions and answers having to do with nature travel. “Open Space” is the new community forum on...

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A Dose of Nature

A Dose of Nature

Have you ever noticed that you feel better after you’ve been outside for a while? Well it’s not just you. There are actual physical and mental shifts that happen after a bit of time in nature. It’s so universal, that there is a name for it. Well actually, several...

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The Last Male Northern White Rhino

The Last Male Northern White Rhino

 I just got back from a group wildlife-watching trip I organized to California for the Audubon Naturalist Society and despite experiencing one of those ‘atmospheric rivers of rain’ for a few days, we saw over 100 species of birds and numerous mammals. What struck me...

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Terry Lawson Dunn Interview with Ideamensch

Terry Lawson Dunn Interview with Ideamensch

"There will be times when you feel like your path is zigging and zagging through a diversity of experiences, but they will all come together to make you uniquely equipped for what you’re doing now.” An uncommon history leads to uncommon ideas. Terry Lawson Dunn is a...

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Doing Kenya the Right Way

Doing Kenya the Right Way

Interview From Basecamp Explorer KenyaA few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with someone by phone from Basecamp Explorer Kenya. I've admired what they are doing from a great distance and was quite excited to hear more directly from them. If you are still trying...

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The Scoop from Bhutan

The Scoop from Bhutan

 Interview with Karma Bajaj, Owner of Bhutan Mahayana ToursBhutan is perhaps one of the most unusual, intriguing travel destinations in the world. Since Bhutan was first opened to tourists, the country has approached tourism on their own terms, maintaining what is...

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Ireland: Eco-retreat, Interview Series

Ireland: Eco-retreat, Interview Series

  Interview with Noeleen Tyrrell, Founder and Director of Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat, Ireland So far in this interview series, we've spanned the globe from Cambodia to Bhutan to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Now for something different-- Ireland -- and a different model of...

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What Do Nature Travelers Want?

What Do Nature Travelers Want?

Perhaps the first thing that crosses your mind when you see that question is, ‘Am I typical’? Well, I'm not sure there is such a thing. Last month I did a series of rather comprehensive interviews with nature travelers. Nature travel is a kind of a broad umbrella that...

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When Getting There is Half the Fun!

When Getting There is Half the Fun!

When Getting There is Half the Fun! I just got back from a trip to England and Spain, so the flights home to New Mexico were long and many. Given that the long haul is fresh in the memory, it seems like the least likely time for me to focus on ecolodges that are not...

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Our Lawmakers Gone Wild

Our Lawmakers Gone Wild

Here are some words that don't normally catch my attention: “accounting”, “economic”, “politicians”, “legislation”. I like the words “outdoor”, “act”, “Nature”, “recreation”, and “travel”, much better. Strangely ALL of these words came together in December while most...

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What’s the point? (Video)

What’s the point? (Video)

In your heart, you probably know that staying at an ecolodge or going on an ecotrip is good, but do you want to know a little more? What are the ripple effects of an ecotrip? You really don't have to sacrifice a thing to travel in a more eco-friendly way and the...

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Seeking Wellness

Seeking Wellness

 By this time of year, you are probably plotting your escape. The holidays are coming, you might be getting cold, and ‘travel more’ is probably a top contender for your New Year’s resolution list. Maybe, just maybe, you are a little burned out?Under the best of...

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Glamping is the New Camping

Glamping is the New Camping

Glamping is the New CampingRemember that feeling when you were a kid and you built a fort out of pillows or blankets and then crawled inside? It was always strangely exhilerating. Camping can give you that same feeling, but sometimes there are barriers that keep us...

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Morocco! How unusual.

Morocco! How unusual.

One of the ecolodge owners on EcoTripMatch shared this video with me yesterday. Kasbah Du Toubkal Mountain Retreat is perched (really perched) in the high mountains of Morocco. They offer treks, yoga, and cultural experiences that are unlike anywhere else. They also...

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Why Winging It Wouldn’t Work

Why Winging It Wouldn’t Work

Why Winging it Wouldn’t WorkWhen people think of ecotourism I’m guessing many of them think of the classic African safari... close to nature, learning about animals, tented camps, adventure. Well, I am thrilled to say I just got back from one of those classic African...

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Floating a Unique Idea

Floating a Unique Idea

From the first time I saw a photo of Four Rivers Floating Ecolodge in Cambodia, I knew it was different. The whole thing floats on a river surrounded by forest!!  What an interesting idea! Imagine not clearing a patch of forest to create a new tourism development. So,...

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