TOP 5 WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN AMERICA

Among the 60 World Heritage sites of the UNESCO that I have visited for the last 4 years by bicycle, here is my top 5: Lire la suite

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PERU FUERA DEL COMUN

Ideas de visitas alternativas de Peru saliendo de los caminos turisticos tradicionales : diversidad cultural, autenticidad y naturaleza extrema.

En este mapa se puede ver los sitios recomendables de visita (puntos rojos), usando mobilidades responsables (caminatas, bicicleta, tren…) a la busqueda del Peru autentico, su diversidad cultural y natural increible entre la planicie amazonica, la cordillera de los Andes y la costa. Ademas se puede ver los principales sitios turisticos de masa, recomendados por la mayoria de los guias y agencias de viaje. Se puede facilmente salir de la concentracion turistica o usar manejas alternativas de visitar que sea mas respectuosa de la naturaleza y beneficiosa a las comunidades locales. Para mas informaciones, vean los proyectos visitados por Sur la Route du Patrimoine.

 

NO TE PIERDES ECUADOR

5 bonnes raisons de découvrir l’Équateur :

  1. Un pays méga-diversifié facile d’accès (réseau routier bon), de petite dimension comparée à ses géants voisins colombien, péruvien et brésilien.
  2. Des cultures vives sur le chemin de la « modernité » et du tourisme communautaire. Artisanat, musique, gastronomie (finalement pas si pire que ce qu’on m’en avait dit), sympathie des habitants, de quoi y trouver son bonheur.
  3. Une richesse naturelle déconcertante, passant en quelques kilomètres de la selva humide aux sommets enneigés des volcans, des hauts plateaux andins aux lagunes turquoises à la côte débridée tantôt aride, tantôt verdoyante
  4. Un terrain idéal pour l’aventure et les sports de nature : ascension de volcans à plus de 5000m, descente en rafting de cours d’eau tumultueux, pratique de l’orientation dans des dédales arborés, trekking au beau milieu de la selva à la rencontre de sa faune et de ses tribus indigènes
  5. Un tourisme balbutiant, réservé à certaines régions (risque de saturation?). Encore beaucoup d’espace vierge de « gringos » et de relations dictées par l’appât de l’argent, de quoi mieux profiter de la richesse naturelle et culturelle de ce beau pays.

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Protected Areas of Guatemala

Meeting with the National Council of Protected Areas (Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas – CONAP) to know more about the biodiversity conservation strategy in Guatemala. We interviewed Licda. Astrid López: Chief of Cultural Heritage and Ecotourism Unit, Ing. Agr. Carlos Godoy: coordinator of SIGAP (Sistema de Guatemala de Áreas Protegidas) y Arq. Dafne Edith Domínguez: Technical Assistant of the General Technical Direction.
Photo en la oficina de CONAP, Ciudad de Guatemala

Photo en la oficina de CONAP, Ciudad de Guatemala

Its mission it to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and protected areas of Guatemala, as well as natural goods and services provided to present and future generations, to coordinate and ensure implementation of policies, standards incentives and strategies in collaboration with other actors. Guatemala is megadiverse if we consider that it hosts 7 biomes, more than 15000 species. Here is the presentation for more information SIGAP y medio ambiente. Lire la suite

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Cycling through 40 Mexico’s World Heritages and Wonders

The Heritage Route (Sur la Route du Patrimoine) Project aims to promote the protection of natural and cultural heritages, as well raise awareness of their fragility. That is why we try to follow sites recognised by the UNESCO as remarkable pieces of the world heritage.

So far, we’ve visited 16 World Heritage sites (UNESCO) out of 36 during our journey in Mexico. Moreover, our paths passed through more than 10 amazing Biosphere Reserve included in the UNESCO’s programme « Man and Biosphere », which foster conservation of natural areas and its associated human heritage. In addition, we encountered 2 traditions of Mexico recognized as immaterial world heritage. Lire la suite

The Scarlet Macaw in Danger of Extinction is Back!

During our stay in Palenque, Chiapas, the Heritage Route discovered with interests the conservation program about the Scarlet Macaw. The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is the largest parrot in the world and is member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called Macaws.

World Heritage in Danger of Extinction

In front of the Aluxes Eco Park with PhD Alejandro Estrada, Palenque, México

In front of the Aluxes Eco Park with PhD Alejandro Estrada, Palenque, México

The Scarlet Macaw can be found in tropical rainforests of Central and South America, including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. It  is one of most endangered species in Latin America. It is estimated that now only a mere 2% of the original populations exists in its wild habitat (the original distribution in Mexico covered the southern lowlands of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas states), which means about 50 individuals in the mountain region known as Chimalapas (Oaxaca, Mexico), 150-200  units near the Guatemalan border of Mexico (Biosphere Reserves Montes Azules / Sierra Lacandona) and 200 more between Belize and Guatemala. Mexico hosted the major part of the species populations. Then, not only is the conservation of the remaining populations in Mexico important for the country itself, but also for the whole world. In 2010, the species was listed as « in danger of extinction » by the Environment Agency (SEMARNAT). It is extinct in Palenque for more than 70 years ago. Lire la suite