Responsible travel that contributes to the conservation of the environment and the well being of local people – ecotourism sounds great. However, the problems faced by the kinds of ecosystems and communities that ecotourism proponents set out to “save” are often very complex, and seldom are there any quick-fix solutions.
Walking through the Swedish woods near the village Harads and the Lule river you might chance upon what resembles an oversized bird’s nest.
Dainar rarely smiles and doesn’t seem to notice us much as we ride behind him through the endless grasslands. We’re in Kyrgyzstan, and excited to start a three-day horse trek into the mountains. Dainar is our guide – a very serious and quiet guide. He is twelve.