July 31, 2006

Exploring Ecotourism in Ecuador

Lucia Darino MBA '06
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In January 2006, I traveled to Ecuador, traversing more than 600 miles in two weeks to visit two award-winning ecotourism destinations: Yachana Lodge, in the Amazonian Napo River valley, and the Black Sheep Inn, in the Cotopaxi region of the Andean range. Both have progressive and self-sustaining missions.

This paper analyzes Ecuador's attractiveness and potential as an ecotourism destination and profiles the business activities of Yachana Lodge and Black Sheep Inn. It also offers recommendations for the establishment and operation of an ecotourism business in Ecuador, based on guidance from the Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association (ASEC) and Conservation International (CI), as well as best practices from Yachana and Black Sheep.

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Amina Runyan-Shefa
"Exploring Ecotourism in Ecuador"

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