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… <ul><li>Nabon has horses! </li></ul><ul><li>Nabon has real cowboys! </li></ul><ul><li>Nabon has ties...
Evolution of an idea… <ul><li>Nabon could be a point of departure for a guided Andes to Amazonia horseback adventure </li>...
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...
<ul><li>The objective of the horse trip was to explore a the viability of an  </li></ul><ul><li>ecotourism / adventure opp...
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 <ul><li>Adventure, Beauty, Challenges, Unique Experiences…all key ingredients!  </li></ul><u...
What did we learn? Bigger Picture: <ul><li>Common portrayal: ecotourism as silver bullet </li></ul><ul><li>Common portraya...
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Ecotoursim...not always the answer

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

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