2005: Volume Twelve
2004: Volume Eleven
2003: Volume Ten
2002: Volume Nine
2002 was the International Year of Ecotourism, and no other
website provided as many diverse links or resources for those
interested. We also conducted online conferences on Financing
Sustainable Tourism and the role Communities and Tourism. Also,
consult the 2002
2001: Volume Eight
In 2001 we began our Ecotourism Certification Workshop and hosted
the popular Media, Environment and Tourism Conference. Also,
consult the 2001
2000: Volume Seven
In 2000, we held our first major online conference, Sustainable
Ecotourism in North America Conference. Also, consult the
1999: Volume Six
1999 was the transition year from publishing a quarterly to
developing a more interactive website. Also, consult the 1999
1998: Volume Five
1998 - Storytelling
How do we tell the stories that need to be told - both about
environmental conservation as well as tourism? We go behind
the scenes in the writing of the Field
Guide To Medicinal And Useful Plants Of The Upper Amazon.
We look at indigenous Yarn
Paintings from Mexico and the struggle for survival of Colombia's
Emberas Indians. Ecotourism strategies are reviewed in Belize
1998 - Building the Perfect Trail
This special issue of Planeta looks at path building
- both literally and figuratively. How do you build a tourist
path? What type of road does ecotourism construct? Read about
of Trails - Protecting Macchu Picchu, Brazil's
Serra do Mar, conservation efforts in Monte
Verde, Costa Rica, changing tourism trends in Huautla,
Oaxaca and how "green
hotels" are rated.
1998 - Planting the Seeds of Ecotourism: Medicinal Plants and
Biology in the Americas
Ecotourism's roots lie in scientific tourism - the biological
field stations in Costa Rica, the botanical gardens throughout
the hemisphere and an increasing number of tours that show off
the flora of the Americas. In this issue of El Planeta Platica
we pay homage to these efforts with visits to Guatemala,
and relax in one of Mexico's
1998 - Selling Ecotourism to the Tourism Industry
How do international travel agents interact with their Latin
American counterparts? How can ecotourism create enough revenues
to support both conservation and the necessary tourism infrastructure?
Rural tourism may assist conservation in La
Mosquitia. A project in southern Mexico works with and for
But maybe it will be the Tourism
Agents themselves who can market ecotourism...
1997: Volume Four
1997 - Local Communities, Environment and Tourism
If local communities play a vital role in tourism, why does
mainstream travel shy away from people-to-people encounters?
The following articles examine how some communities benefit
from tourism. Belize
is a good example. On the other side, mainstream tourism in
diminishes the encounter for both tourist and resident. Indigenous
communities, such as the Pech, in Honduras
are developing tourism not as an end in itself, but as a component
in a new development strategy. But do NGO strategies in the
Biosphere Reserve serve anyone besides the NGOs?
1997 - Mountains and Sierra
Mountains offer a cool respite and a place for numerous adventures.
We visit Aconcagua Provincial Park, the tallest peak in South
America, Oaxaca's northern Sierra and community tourism, Venezuela's
Tepuis, Guatemala's Sierra de las Minas and El Cielo (Heaven)
in Mexico. A special feature is Ana Gabriela Robles tour of
mountains and rock climbing in northeastern Mexico.
1997 - Honduras Unplugged
Central America's greenest gem - Honduras offers a hundred options
for any eco traveler. This is the most mountainous country in
Central America. It also has some of the region's best beaches.
Glide through the mangroves or snorkel over the reefs.
1997 - Off the Beaten Trail in Mexico
In scientific literature, Mexico is called a megadiversity country.
Check out destinations in Oaxaca, Nayarit, Yucatan, Chiapas
and Coahuila. This issue focuses on favorite places where your
visit is welcomed and assists conservation. As usual, we present
several points of view.
1996: Volume Three
1996 - South America!
Guest editor Ronda Green helps bring everyone up-to-date on
efforts in Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. It's a watershed
time for dams in South America and it's time to visit Patagonia.
And of course we take time to check in for a spot of tea at
the South American Explorer's Club.
1996 - Coastal Environments
Explore the mangroves, reefs and coasts of the Americas. We
take a peak at Mazunte in Mexico and tackle cruise ship pollution
in the Caribbean. Includes updated information on Honduras,
including a contact list and directory of protected areas!
1996 - Greening Central America
Special focus issue with information on the regional conference
held in La Ceiba, Honduras. Sorrel Downer puts Central America
into Context on the Internet. Alexis Aguilar visits Celaque
National Park and James Gollin recounts the night the lights
went out in Honduras.
1996 - Southern Exposure
Drink a cup of coffee and think about ecotourism in Oaxaca.
Go down the river in Veracruz. And be sure to visit Ecuador's
1995: Volume Two
1995 - Recommended Books
Ecotourism guidebooks, travel writing and other good reading
materials are highlighted here. We even stop by Ecuador's Yachana
Lodge and climb a volcanoe in Guatemala. The index of Sustainable
Development resources makes its debut.
1995 - Water
From the Rio Grande to the Amazon, we look at the world's most
precious resource. In addition, Maria Araujo brings us up-to-date
on borderland environmental tours and Carla Felsted tunes up
her Spanish in San Miguel de Allende.
1995 - Central & South America
The United Nations accepts ecotourism codes and scientists issue
a Marine Life Alarm for the Galapagos. Meanwhile, Melissa prepares
Picadillo in La Olla Latinoamericana.
1995 - Defining Ecotourism
John Shores leads the charge and we begun the discussion of
ecotourism's greatest challenge.