Ecotoursim...not always the answer
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  • Ecotourism … not always The Answer!
  • Context
  • Ecuador Azuay Province Canton Nabón
  • Nabón: Town Center
  • Indigenous Pueblos
  • Churches
  • Pre-Inca Ruins
  • Hiking Trails
  • River Valleys
  • Badlands
  • Artisan Crafts
  • Postcard Ready Scenery
  • The Broader Project
  • The Broader Project Nabón Passport : Nabón Overview Natural Resources Arts and Crafts Culture Ruins Maps
  • The Broader Project Two Strategies: Developing a Marketplace Identity… Local Branding Tourism & Ecotourism
  • 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…..?
  • Evolution of an idea…
    • Nabon could be a point of departure for a guided Andes to Amazonia horseback adventure
  • The Horse Trip
  • 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
    • 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.
  • The Assessment Team
  • Ted Nugent
  • What worked…
  • Amazing People!
  • Idyllic Settings
  • Insane Horse Riding
  • Rivers with Vine Swings
  • Amazing Sunsets
  • Battery Powered Bailes
  • What didn’t Work…
  • Food Quality / Sanitation
  • Sleeping Accommodations
  • Near-death Experiences
  • 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
  • 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!