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Get a Gabon Visa to See Hippos Surf

December 3rd, 2009
Have you ever seen a hippopotamus surf? If not, you should definitely put Gabon on your list of places to visit. Tourists flock to Gabon for its amazingly diverse forests and parks. A full 10% of Gabon's land area was protected and turned into national parkland in 2002 by President El Hadj Omar Bongo. The most famous of Gabon's national parks is Loango National Park, which encompasses savanna, dense forests and unspoiled white sand beaches. In the forests, you'll find elephants and even families of gorillas. The beaches are home to the famous surfing hippos-if you're lucky, you'll see them playing in the waves just off the shore.  Further away from the beach, you can spot whales and dolphins. Visiting Loango National Park helps maintain this amazing ecosystem. The money you spend


Getting a Bolivian Visa for an Ecotourism Trip

October 2nd, 2009
Bolivia is not the most well-known tourist destination in South America, but that may be slowly changing as tourists discover its incredible ecotourism potential. In fact, one of Bolivia' richest resources is its biodiversity. Currently, Bolivia's natural parks encompass 15.6% of the country, according to the BBC. Just one of those parks, Madidi National Park, is said to contain 11% of the world's plant and animal species. Ecotourism is also providing new economic opportunities for native Bolivian tribes.  For example, as this article in the Latin American Herald Tribune notes, the Tacana tribe runs a hostel for visitors along a river near Madidi National Park. So, ecotourism not only helps the environment, it also helps local people. In the Latin American Herald Tribune article,


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