RECR 437: The Potential and Pitfalls of Ecotourism in Peru (5 credits) ANTH 437: Ecology and Peoples of Peru (3 credits)
Predeparture and preparation seminars (Bellingham and online): June 18-July 29, 2012
Peru: August 27-September 17, 2012
Tourism is the fastest-growing industry in the world. As tourism increases around the world, the environmental and social impacts of tourism can also be expected to increase. As a distinct form of tourism differing from traditional nature tourism and adventure travel, ecotourism provides funds for preserving land and water resources and the biodiversity they support.
Join WWU faculty on this remarkable Exploration Seminar into Peru's Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Amazon Rainforest to investigate the issues of tourism and eco-tourism. Find out about the environmental and cultural impacts and how to help preserve the natural area.
Visit sustainable tourism projects.
Meet with non-governmental eco-tourism organizations.
Gain hands-on skills in tourism planning and resource management.
Explore archaeological, historical and natural areas.
Participate in an overnight visit to Machu Picchu.