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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