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Recommended Ecotourism Books

The Cloud Forest by Peter Matthiesson.
Chronicle of legendary naturalist and writer Matthiesson’s account of travels throughout the jungles of Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru.
El Ojo Que Cuenta/Eyes That Tell by Brenda Landolt.
A bilingual book collecting the myths, customs and illustrations of the indigenous tribes of the Amazon.
La Doctora: The Journal of an American Doctor Practicing Medicine on the Amazon River by Linnea Smith.
Journal accounts of Linnea Smith, a Wisconsin woman who lives and works as a doctor in the Peruvian Amazon.
Green Travel: The World’s Best EcoLodges & Earth-Friendly Hotels (Green Travel) by Fodor’s
A guidebook to the best green hotels and resorts from around the world.
Lonely Planet Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime by Kerry Lorimer
Lonely Planet author Lorimer highlights some of the best ecofriendly travels around the world.
The National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Guide: The Classic Handbook, Revised and Updated by Mark Harvey
Everything you need to know guide about leaving no footprints, surviving on your own, what to do in emergencies, what to wear, and how to navigate. An all in one survival guide.
NOLS’s Wilderness First Aid Book by Todd Schimelpfenig, Linda Lindsey, and Joan Safford
Comprehensive guide to diagnosing, treating and transporting patients with 75 illustrations.
Traveler’s Wildlife Guides by various authors.
Great collection of guidebooks focusing on the wildlife of different locations around the world.

Useful Ecotourism Websites


Climate Care (http://www.climatecare.org)
Helping you help the climate via carbon off setting and funding sustainable energy projects.
The International Ecotourism Society (http://www.ecotourism.org)
The world’s oldest and largest ecotourism society that helps promote the principles of ecotourism and responsible travel.
Rainforest Action Network (http://www.ran.org)
Very active organization to help protect the earth’s forests, ensure indigenous rights, reducing the reliance on oil and preventing global warming.
Rainforest Alliance (http://www.rainforest-alliance.org)
Non-profit organization that helps conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods of the earth’s rainforests.
World Wildlife Foundation (http://www.wwf.org)
Organization dedicated to understanding and conservation of the earth’s species. The website has loads of links, photos, news, adoption information, an online store, and details on work and volunteer opportunities worldwide.

Latin America

Amazon Animal Orphanage (http://www.amazonanimalorphanage.org)
The Pilpintuwasi Butterfly farm is a small farm near Iquitos, Peru that helps abused, abandoned, and orphaned wildlife.
Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) (http://www.amazonconservation.org/home)
Organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity through development of new scientific understanding, sustainable resource management and rational land-use policy for the Amazon Basin.
South American Explorer’s Club (http://www.saexplorers.org)
Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe and eco-friendly travel in Latin America. Provides resources from clubhouses around the continent, trip reports, magazines, book exchanges and online databases and forums.

Great Britain

The Living Rainforest (http://www.livingrainforest.org)
UK visitor center and website, very kid friendly, to help teach about the rainforest and planet.

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