Beyond Touring — BELIZE Eco
Tours & Programs
Best of Belize Eco Tour
Swim, explore, climb, see exotic birds, relax,
snorkel, dive, and truly help others less fortunate.
This 8-day affordable high end eco tour covers the highlights
of Belize, 1) Maya ruins, 2) tropical forests, 3) World
Heritage Site barrier reef, and 4) cave tubing & exploring.
Also included: Meaningful cross-cultural experience that
truly 'gives back' to Indian Church Village, in northern
Birding tours in Guatemala,
Cayaya Birding supports with its tours various
conservation programs in rural communities in Guatemala.
Campanario Biological Reserve
Environmental education programs (all ages
students), field trips, Rainforest Camps, Teachers' professional
Costa Rica Conservation Trust
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Travel
to Costa Rica Program
If traveling to Costa Rica, make sure to support socially
and environmentally responsible businesses. Support locally-owned
green lodges and tour companies. Costa Rica Conservation
Trust (CRCT) is compiling a list of hotels, lodges and
tour companies that are treading lightly on the fragile
ecosystems of this land, and that are contributing positively
to the auto-sustainable development of Costa Rican local
Custom Immersive Tours
Culture Explorers is an award-winning small tour operator that offers small tours in such places as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and other locations worldwide. Culture Explorers emphasizes participation in the living culture of the countries visited
as part of immersive small group journeys. They will allow you to
explore the traditions, meet local friends, support
important positive impact projects through their visits.
Each departure coincides with an important local festival
Ecology Project International
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program (STEP)
This tropical hotspot and travel destination
contains an amazing 5% of the worlds biodiversity. Costa
Ricas Caribbean coast where Ecology Project Internationals
program site is located is the fourth most important
nesting beach worldwide for Leatherback sea turtles,
a critically endangered species. Through our Sea Turtle
Ecology Program, youth from Costa Rica and around the
world work in partnership with the Pacuare Nature Reserve
to conserve and protect these sea turtles from extinction.
Baja & the Sea of Cortez Island Ecology Program
and Whale Ecology Program
The Sea of Cortez hosts 39% of the worlds marine
mammal species and was recently declared a UNESCO World
Heritage site. From John Steinbeck to Aldo Leopold, Baja
California Sur has captured the worlds imagination and
become a unique travel destination. Through our Island
and Whale Ecology Programs, Ecology Project International
students from Mexico and around the world work in partnership
with local institutions to conserve Baja California Surs
desert and marine environments.
Galapagos Islands Ecology Program
One of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites,
the spectacular Galápagos Islands host a unique
flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Through
our Galápagos Islands Ecology Program, Ecology
Project International students from the Galápagos
and around the world work in partnership with the Galápagos
National Park and local institutions to conserve the
archipelago. Students travel to several locations on
three different islands, studying and experiencing this
Volunteer Work in Ecuador
Ecotrackers works to preserve the cultural
and biological diversity of Ecuador through the development
of indigenous community in ecotourism and other projects.
Volunteers are sent to 17 indigenous communities and
10 National Protected Areas, to stay between one week
and 6 months and to carry out a variety of tasks that
go from teaching English in children's school, until
ecotourism and eco-production with patents, eco-development;
and other projects such as reforestation, health & sanitation,
and agricultural development. Ecotrackers is currently
developing an experimental farm in the cloud-forest near
Quito to demonstrate sustainable agriculture.
Useful information about working and volunteering
in Ecuador with links to about a dozen organizations
with volunteer programs.
Workshops in the Galápagos Islands.
Specializing in comprehensive, educationally-oriented,
professionally-led natural history tours of the Galápagos
Islands. Each trip spends 11 days to 2 full weeks in
the Galápagos, touring all the significant outer
islands, and allowing for a maximum of wildlife observation.
Three distinct itineraries available.
Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest
Research and Conservation Center
Located in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil
we are offering people the chance to learn how to use
a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a beautiful,
but little visited part of Brazil. GIS is increasingly
used in a number of different disciplines to collect
and manipulate data - this course will provide the opportunity
to learn about this in the context of land management
planning. Learning the new skill will provide you with
a way to learn more about Brazil.
Patagonia Voluntourism and Adventure Travel
La Confluencia ecolodge and farm runs voluntourism
programs throughout the summer (Nov-Feb.) in Patagonia,
Argentina. Participants will help with an number of projects
within the Rio Azul Protected Area (part of the world's
largest UNESCO Temperate Rainforest Preserve) such as
trail maintenance, footbridge construction, and selective
eradication of invasive species, as well as social assistance
projects involving the local community, such as vegetable
garden development, greenhouse construction, and home
repairs. Depending on individuals' interest and fitness
levels, various wilderness adventure options can be combined
such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, trekking, horseback
riding, and climbing / rappelling.
More Local — Colombia
Travel, Adventure Tours, and Excursions
All-new More Local offers innovative trip itineraries
that take you deep into the daily life of rural Colombia.
This is not your average coffee tour or Amazon trip!
Through unique workshops with local people and involvement
in local development and environmental projects, More
Local is travel in its most experiential form. Meet local
people, get to know about them and their livelihoods,
and maybe even learn a few new skills along the way.
It doesn't get more local than this!
Mundo Verde Spanish School
Spanish school has links with development project in
the rainforest and with many other voluntary projects
to which students can be assigned (no fee).
Eco-Friendly Adventure Trekking in Guatemala
Quetzaltrekkers is Guatemala´s only all
volunteer managed, non-profit trekking/hiking organization.
Quetzaltrekkers offers multi-day adventure treks and
one day excursions in the highlands of western Guatemala
to an international clientele of outdoor enthusiasts.
We follow locally sustainable and eco-friendly tourism
practices. Volunteer guides are always needed.
At Quetzaltrekkers, we are all working as volunteer guides
and we manage virtually all aspects of the organization.
In our office you won’t find a boss or a supervisor
but you will find a tight-knit team of dedicated volunteers.
Working as a Quetzaltrekker guide is an incredibly rewarding
experience and a lot of fun!
The Rainforest Education & Resource
Fauna Forever is a training, team building
and environmental monitoring initiatives located in important
biologically and culturally diverse habitats. There are
currently two programs based in the Manu Biosphere Reserve,
a conservation area in the Amazon rainforest of Peru.
The programs are an adventurous yet professional way
to experience and learn first-hand about humid tropical
ecosystems and indigenous Amazon cultures whilst contributing
to valuable on-going research.
Sustainable Living Center
Rancho Mastatal is a 219-acre environmental center bordering La Cangreja Rainforest Reserve. Offers customized educational programs for all ages, workshops in natural building, renewable energy systems, and tropical agriculture. Organic farming, gardening, and natural building methods practiced. Internships and volunteers encouraged. Beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes. Birds galore. Community focus.
Ecotour in Costa Rica
Total immersion ecotours in Costa Rica for
families, groups and students interested in exploring
the nature and wildlife of Costa Rica.