A Good Example of Ecotouristic Center: Las Guacamayas

South-East of Chiapas is full of « Eco » places but very few really develop standards of sustainability and responsibility. Hopefully, THE HERITAGE ROUTE did another long detour close to the Guatemala’s border and visited the Ecotouristic Center « Las Guacamayas », near the Biosphere Reserve of Montes Azules (BRMA). A very inspiring and relaxing experience of responsible tourism…

Las Guacamayas is one of the few projects in Chiapas where environmental protection, social development and tourism activities have a real interaction. Where the word « Eco » has real meaning and materializes into action, and where the community engagement, passion and its long-term vision are particularly noteworthy. This is one of the reasons why the Sur la Route du Patrimoine’s Team went there. Lire la suite

The Biosphere Reserve of Calakmul: Diversity Protected by The Jungle

A detour really worst to do for The Heritage Route. Our bicycle drove us till the Calakmul natural sanctuary, very close to the Guatemalan and Quintana Roo mexican state borders.

The Biosphere Reserve of Calakmul is the largest continuous forest area in the Mexican tropics. It spans a surface area of 723.185 hectares of the only high humid jungles in the Yucatan Peninsula. Due to its inaccessibility, scarcity of water and poor soil for agriculture, Calakmul has been preserved as one of the least deforested regions in the Peninsula.

corridors-zuidamerika_1Bordering protected forested areas in Quintana Roo, the Guatemalan Peten and Belize makes the area of Calakmul extremely important because of its diversity of flora and fauna and the conservation of species that need large areas for their living requirements, like the puma, the jaguar, and various migrating species. The region makes up part of the Mesoamerican Biological corridor which allows movement in both directions between the North of the Yucatan Peninsula and the sub humid and humid climates to the South of the Mesoamerican region. We will try to know more about the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor during our journey in Central America. Lire la suite

Transborder Natural Heritage: Mariposas Monarcas en México

Enfant, lorsque je regardais, curieux de tout ce que la nature a seule le don de créer, des documentaires animaliers sur les espèces migratoires, je restais songeur. Comment une petite créature de quelques grammes, au cerveau peu développé en apparence, fait pour revenir exactement à l’endroit même où les individus de son espèce vont pour se reproduire ou s’alimenter. C’est déjà étonnant pour des espèces longévives comme la baleine ou les oiseaux migrateurs, mais alors là le petit papillon monarque qui ne vit que quelques mois et qui n’est jamais venu en ces lieux précis, comment fait-il pour savoir que c’est bien là? A-t-il un GPS intégré dans ses gènes? Est-ce cela ce qu’on appelle l’instinct ou la mémoire collective?

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Living Incredible Experience with Marine Turtles

Una Experiencia Inolvidable

Version française ici TortuesFR

El proyecto Sur la Route du Patrimoine fue invitado por el Acuario de Mazatlan y el Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias A.C. a encontrar los proyectos de rescate y de proteccion de las tortugas marinas. Gracias a la ayuda de Karen Oceguera Camacho y de José Barron del Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias, hémos pasado un momento increible. Ves las fotografias ! Y despues de eso, fuimos entrevistos por Ricardo Espinoza, periodista de la television nacional ForoTV! El Acuario municipal de Mazatlan se encarga de mantener el programa de protección en la zona de Mazatlan con recursos del mismo acuario.

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Devils Gulch Ranch, a Diversified and Sustainable Family Farm

On our way to San Francisco, we’ve met some active people engaged in the SlowFood movement. Even if we did not have the opportunity to meet them, we have the pleasure to share our discussion with Mark and Myriam, farming in the San Francisco Bay area, Marin county. Here below is an extract of our online interview with M. Mark Pasternak.
What is your activity about?
Devils Gulch Ranch is a diversified family farm, in Nicasio, Marin County, California where I have been farming for over 40 years now. My wife, Myriam and I raise and sell rabbits, pigs, sheep, asparagus and winegrapes both retail and to many well-known restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California. Sustainable, humane agricultural practices are utilized, organic whenever possible. DG Educational Services (DGES, a 501c3 non-profit www.dges.org), was founded in 2008 to provide agriculture and nature educational programs for diverse communities, both locally and globally.  Lire la suite

The Wild Olympic National Park, Sanctuary of Biodiversity

Beautiful Natural Heritage

The Sur la Route du Patrimoine Project’s Team started the visit of the Olympic National Park, designated in 1982 as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, by the visit of the Visitor Center where we had an appointment with Ms. Gay Hunter (Park’s Museum Curator) and M. Rod Farlee (Member of the Friends of the Olympic National Park).

Meeting at the Visitor Center with Rod Farlee and Gay Hunter

Meeting at the Visitor Center with Rod Farlee and Gay Hunter

The Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety.  A day’s exploration can take us from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools.  But it is without counting on the very rainy and wet weather at this season! Now we know why there is the temperate rainforest growing there! Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests (old-growth forests) left in the USA. Lire la suite

Vancouver Island: 1st Detour into the Wild

Our first tour will be in south of Vancouver Island, the natural beauty island of British Columbia (not the only one!).

We plan to cycle around 10 days there, meeting several persons about forest management, tribal parks, First nations’ culture preservation, whales, eco-housing in the trees, tourism accessibility…

You can have an overview of our expected itinerary in the island in the map here (in blue)

and also here Itinerary Page.

See you soon!

From a Golf to a #Botanical Garden: A Story of a Still « Green » Land

This the story of a golf that became a botanical garden of international stature.

In 1910, the site of 22-hectare in the heart of Vancouver was an isolated acreage of stumps and bush. It was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was leased by the Shaughnessy Golf Club from 1911 until 1960 when the golf club moved to a new location. The railway proposed a subdivision, but was opposed by many citizens. In 1966, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association was formed to assist the Vancouver Park Board with saving the site. This effort was successful and the land was purchased with shared funding from the City of Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia and the Vancouver Foundation with a donation by W. J. VanDusen, after whom the Garden was named.

The VanDusen Botanical Garden officially opened to the public on 1975. « Sur la Route du Patrimoine » visited it in December 2012. Even if it was the bad season to enjoy the plants and trees, we appreciated the architecture of the garden, its collections of native species, its labeling. We would love to visit again in spring!

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Fabulous #Marine #Biodiversity just Around you!

The Vancouver Aquarium is a recognized leader in connecting people to natural world. As a self-supporting, non-profit association, the Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since our opening in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, it is just a stroll from the city centre of Vancouver!

The Project « On the Heritage Route » team was invited to visit it. We particularly appreciated the amazing scenery and displays and shows. The play with colours was terrific. Here enclosed you could see some of the pictures we took with the colourful jellyfish, anemons, corals. Even if we don’t really like this captivity life for animals, it is at least important to make people meet with the nature that is surrounding. We were very astonished about the colourful and the diversity of animals located right down along the British Columbia coast! I personnaly liked a lot the display for Tropical terrestrial fauna. Lire la suite