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  • 1. Ecotourism … not always The Answer!
  • 2. Context
  • 3. Ecuador Azuay Province Canton Nabón
  • 4. Nabón: Town Center
  • 5. Indigenous Pueblos
  • 6. Churches
  • 7. Pre-Inca Ruins
  • 8. Hiking Trails
  • 9. River Valleys
  • 10. Badlands
  • 11. Artisan Crafts
  • 12. Postcard Ready Scenery
  • 13. The Broader Project
  • 14. The Broader Project Nabón Passport : Nabón Overview Natural Resources Arts and Crafts Culture Ruins Maps
  • 15. The Broader Project Two Strategies: Developing a Marketplace Identity… Local Branding Tourism & Ecotourism
  • 16. Evolution of an idea…
    • Nabon has horses!
    • Nabon has real cowboys!
    • Nabon has ties to the Oriente
    • (Amazon H20-shed)
    • Nabon is close to Cuenca
    • What if…..?
  • 17. Evolution of an idea…
    • Nabon could be a point of departure for a guided Andes to Amazonia horseback adventure
  • 18. The Horse Trip
  • 19. The Horse Trip 5 Days: Crossing the Cerro Night at a livestock camp Descending to the Oriente Arrive in Town Rest Day Ride back to Camp Cross the Cerro to Nabón
  • 20.
    • The objective of the horse trip was to explore a the viability of an
    • ecotourism / adventure opportunity -
    • Guided horseback tours descending from the Andes into a tropical forest community in the Amazonian watershed.
  • 21. The Assessment Team
  • 22. Ted Nugent
  • 23. What worked…
  • 24. Amazing People!
  • 25. Idyllic Settings
  • 26. Insane Horse Riding
  • 27. Rivers with Vine Swings
  • 28. Amazing Sunsets
  • 29. Battery Powered Bailes
  • 30. What didn’t Work…
  • 31. Food Quality / Sanitation
  • 32. Sleeping Accommodations
  • 33. Near-death Experiences
  • 34. What did we learn? Ecotourism
    • Adventure, Beauty, Challenges, Unique Experiences…all key ingredients!
    • BUT, Support Infrastructure is also essential:
      • Somewhat Sanitary conditions;
      • Minimum levels of comfort;
      • Safety / Response
  • 35. What did we learn? Bigger Picture:
    • Common portrayal: ecotourism as silver bullet
    • Common portrayal: ecotourism as detrimental to the local environment
    • Often overlooked point: ecotourism is HARD to pull off
    • Often overlooked point: cool environments are often detrimental to the ecotourists!
    • Community Development should be a diversified enterprise; ecotourism can be a component, but should not be the sole focus!