October 13, 2017
While many countries are trying to make the switch to being more sustainable, I found on my recent trip to Nicaragua that the country is far ahead of many other locations in Latin American for ethical travel. I traveled with a company devoted to creating eco-friendly and socially aware experiences. That way, I was able to learn about Nicaraguans’ efforts to make their world a better place. Here are five ways I found Nicaragua to be one of the most sustainable Central American countries I’ve been to.
1. They care about their jungles
Along with regular deforestation, Central America also has issues with narcotics and the loss of trees through the cocaine trade. Thankfully, Nicaraguan tourist organizations recognize how important their jungles are and that they are needed for a better world.
All eco-lodges in Nicaragua are subject to certain environmental laws. Even coffee growers have to abide by guidelines created by sustainable organizations in order to succeed. Also, many coffee farms have eradicated child labor and have built schools for the children of workers.
2. They’re into farm-to-table
What used to seem like a trend has now taken off in Nicaragua. Not only is farm-to-table shown to be beneficial for those eating the food, but it also tends to help local farmers who might have a difficult time surviving in a difficult economy. It’s not always easy for those living in rural areas to make a living, but with many restaurants, hotels, and organizations buying from the farmers who need customers, the tourism industry is helping out those who need it.
3. Markets are alive and well
The traditional farmer’s market has been a staple of life in Central American countries for hundreds of years. While many supermarkets have wiped this tradition out, major cities and tiny towns in Nicaragua still see the importance of providing fresh fruits and local goodies. Whether you are looking to pick up a gift or you want to taste some of the best avocados in the world, you can find it at a market. Plus, you know you are supporting the local economy.
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