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Amazon Rainforest Fire Updates

Amazon Rainforest Fire Updates

From trending hashtags on social media to headline news in publications like The New York Times and BBC, the terrifying headlines are everywhere: the Amazon Rainforest is on fire. So what is exactly happening? And, perhaps even more pressing, what can we as individuals and travelers do to help?

We are here to walk you through it! Continue reading for the breakdown of the Amazon Rainforest fire updates, as well as nine things you can do to help.

Cuba Travel Restrictions: 2019 Update

Cuba Travel Restrictions: 2019 Update

If you’ve read the news lately, you’ve likely seen a lot of conversations swirling around the Trump Administration’s latest policies regarding travel to Cuba. With plenty of frightening headlines about the new Cuba travel restrictions, it can be really confusing to figure out what it all means. Here, we have summarized the most important aspects of the travel ban and have outlined all you need to know about visiting Cuba. (Hint: You can still go!)

What is An Artisan?

What is An Artisan?

At Acanela Expeditions, we work with artisans in dozens of countries around the world, making our travel experiences both immersive and transformative. Our talented artisans have taught us about culture, creativity, entrepreneurship, and community — but before our guests arrive to their destination, they’re not always certain what an artisan does.

5 Ways to Travel Responsibly in the Galapagos

5 Ways to Travel Responsibly in the Galapagos

Six-hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador lies a special, volcanic archipelago made up of 19 large islands. Formed around five million years ago through intense volcanic activity, the Galapagos Islands remained virtually untouched for millions of years. This extreme isolation allowed for the development of beautifully diverse and unusual animal and plant life--from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to huge cacti and flightless cormorants, the Galapagos contain a plethora of magnificent species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. And though every traveler should have the opportunity to experience the glorious history and abundant biodiversity of these islands, the increase in foreign visitors has slowly begun to threaten the very source of the clamor: the native species and their natural environments. The Galapagos’ fragile ecosystem is immensely vulnerable to human contamination, overpopulation, development, and invasive species, all of which have increased along with the tourism influx. As travelers, we have the responsibility to follow responsible tourism practices, so that we, and future generations, can continue to enjoy the most beautiful places on earth without causing irreparable harm.

So, how do we travel responsibly in the Galapagos? Read below to discover important tips to treading lightly on these incredible islands!

5 Ways to Give Back to Local Communities While Traveling

5 Ways to Give Back to Local Communities While Traveling

No matter what type of travel you may prefer—whether your happy place is lying on a beach in the Caribbean or trekking up Mt. Kilimanjaro—we all have fantasies about faraway places and adventurous experiences. But have you ever stopped to consider the impact that you’re having on the places that you visit?

A Better Trip for a Better World: How Acanela’s Artisan Impact Came to Be  

A Better Trip for a Better World: How Acanela’s Artisan Impact Came to Be   

As the CEO and founder of Acanela Expeditions, a boutique travel company that offers small group tours all over the world, Kylie has dedicated her life to learning how to use travel to create a positive impact on local communities in almost every continent.