Eco-tourism for El Salvador
Calling it "Central America’s most undiscovered ecotourism destination," an
article on the website of TerraCurve describes a new web portal for eco-tourism in El Salvador:
El Salvador is emerging, leaving its conflictual past behind and reinventing itself as an adventure and cultural destination. The Eco-Experiencias project is helping Salvadoran communities, workers cooperatives, NGOs, and private landowners to interpret themselves to create one of a kind, sustainable experiences that highlight unique cultural, natural and geographical qualities of the departments of Sonsonate and Ahuachapán.
EcoExperiencias El Salvador is the nation’s first international branding campaign to position El Salvador as an emerging, ecological destination.
The web portal is being developed in two phases. Phase 1, launched on November 13, 2008, presents an interpretive preview of western El Salvador’s four tourism destinations: the Route of the Flowers, the Western Pacific, Forests and Mangroves Region, and The Volcanoes. Each destination provides unique and largely untouched cultural and natural attractions to be explored.
Phase 2 will be launched during a special event in San Salvador on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, and will feature packages of activities called eco-experiences, all managed by local people, in each of the four regions.
Currently, the site is owned by an informal group of agencies and businesses. In August 2009, the program will be transferred to a Salvadoran host that will continue the program’s mission and expand the model nationwide to foster small business development and biodiversity conservation in all of the departments of the country.
The new EcoExperiences web site is at www.elsalvadorexperience.com. The site is in both English and Spanish and opens with this introduction:
EcoExperiencias El Salvador
Discover El Salvador and all of the ecotourism destinations that it has to offer! Let yourself go with EcoExperiencias El Salvador and explore the western regions of the country… A land of wildlife, colors and smiles.
Come along with us for a unique experience loaded with cultural treasures and natural wonders in the departments of Sonsonate and Ahuachapán: spectacular landscapes teeming with thousands of species of flora and fauna, an exceptional arts and crafts scene, archaeological sites, interactions with the indigenous communities, and exquisite local food bursting with flavors of the mountain and sea.
Let us share the country’s best-kept secrets with you, while we support local economies and biodiversity conservation in this beautiful country.
The website contains beautiful images of the countryside in the four featured regions with accompanying narrative text and downloadable maps.