My name is Christian and I just got back from spending 6 weeks backpacking alone through Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. My adventure hardly followed a regimented itinerary, but I explored and discovered many ways of pursuing "eco-tourism," (tourism with sustainability in mind,) affordably, throughout Central America.
There is a strong community of Maya throughout this region, and I had the privilege to observe and study some local shamanic practices and simple living of the local indigenous.
I also found many volunteer opportunities for eco-minded services, as well as some beautiful nature reserves.
In Belize, through the WWOOF network, I stayed at an Earthship farm in-part designed by Mike Reynolds who came out to work on the build. I was also able to visit with permaculture guru Christopher Nessbit, who offers affordable PDC and training courses at his jungle farm, the Maya Mountain Research Farm, in Toledo district.
Many opportunities to see how different cultures and climates are working towards a sustainable mindset and permaculture practice. Plenty more to see and experience on my trips back later this year.
I had an excellent experience, "WWOOFING," and would reccomend the network with careful research ad a bit of discernment as to the nature of your host/farm.
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