It all started with one industrious man, his 10 children, and a soil that was unusually rich with clay: Visitors to Santa Ana, Costa Rica, can now learn how this charming little town came to be bursting with pottery shops and see a master potter at work. It’s part of of a new tour created by the Hernández family, who attended Rainforest Alliance trainings in sustainable tourism.
Although Roatan is hardly overdeveloped, a spike in tourism has threatened the island’s natural resources. That’s why the Rainforest Alliance has partnered with local businesses and organizations to protect this sliver of paradise, which sits next to the wondrous Mesoamerican Reef.
Indigenous Maya tourism enterprises share ancient traditions and the magnificent natural beauty of the Zona Maya.
Economic desperation is a major driver of deforestation. That’s one reason the Rainforest Alliance works with communities across Oaxaca, Mexico, as a means of conserving the area’s stunning natural resources.