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There are as many different ways to travel as there are countries in the world. Guidebooks attempt to address the general needs of a very broad spectrum of travelers. This website is produced by J-Philippe Soule and sponsored by Native Planet, an NGO for the preservation of indigenous cultures, for the purpose of promoting cultural eco-tourism. Ecotourism is a new pioneering kind of travel designed for 2 purposes:
to minimize the negative impact of tourism on indigenous communities, and to offer travelers a cheaper more personal and more authentic travel experience. This is accomplished by cutting out the middle men; namely, parasitic tour agencies and guides who do not belong to the indigenous community, respect their customs, nor share any of their profits with them. Eco-tourism allows travelers to contract directly with members of the community, allowing the community to receive guests on their own terms and preserve their culture. We are sensitive to village politics and to travelers' welfare, thus we only recommend places which we have visited and/or thoroughly investigated.

You'll also find links to some of our favorite destinations which, while not indigenous communities, nonetheless offer rich cultural experiences. Information does occasionally become obsolete so we invite travelers to help us keep our resources up to date, submit their own articles for possible publication on our site, or volunteer as content writers. Feel free to mail us any time.

Favorite Destinations:

  Asia Central America
 

Indonesia (January 2004)

India (January 2004)

Guatemala

Panama


Top Eco-Tour Experience:
"The Mentawai Shamans and jungle Dwellers of Siberut"

Mentawai Indigenous Shamans, Rainforest Dwellers and Spiritual Healers
Mentawai People

Expeditions
Cultural Ecotourism, Information for Ecotourists, and Guidelines for Eco-Tours
Ecotourism
 

Countries currently covered:

Asia Central America

Indonesia

India

Guatemala

Panama

Honduras

Costa Rica

Belize

Nicaragua

Coming Soon  (2004):

Asia Europe

Japan

Taiwan

France

Spain

South America  

Peru

Bolivia

 

Ethnic groups currently covered:

Asia Latin America

Bopa

Bhil

Bishnoi

Kalbeliya

Megwhal

Mentawai

Embera

Kuna

Maya

Ngobe

Pech

Wounan


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Help and Empower Native People

Protect Indigenous Cultures


Best Travel Books:

Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel by Lisa Alpine, Jacqueline Butler, Lauren Cuthbert, Lynn Ferrin, Carla King


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Best Photography Books:

African Ceremonies
by Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher

Passages: Photographs in Africa
by Carol Beckwith, Angela Fisher


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