Rio Secreto Underground River, Cancun

One of Rio Secreto’s Many Dazzling Caves

Exploring Rio Secreto

The Riviera Maya’s Amazing Underground River

 

Caves have held a strange, primordial allure over me ever since I first read about Tom Sawyer’s adventures in Mark Twain’s classic novel as a boy.

 

From the cliffs of Petra to the Milodon Caves of Patagonia, exploring them has always made me feel like I was part-caveman, part-astronaut, venturing into places both ancient and unknown. But never has this mixture of fascination and trepidation been more acute than it was during our tour of Rio Secreto, an incredible underground nature reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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Ivanpah Solar Thermal Energy Project Nevada

The Ivanpah Solar Thermal Energy Project, courtesy NRG Energy

5 Incredible Eco-Friendly Initiatives

That Will Change The World

 

As our modern world evolves, it’s always great to see new eco friendly initiatives and technology being released that help our world stay that little bit greener. We may not have cars fueled on garbage yet, as Back to the Future predicted, but there have been a number of recent projects that should help us on our way to becoming a greater, greener society. Here are 5 incredible ideas that will change the way we live, work and travel.

 

SOLAR POWER IN NEVADA

NRG Energy CEO David Crane has spearheaded the development of the largest solar plant in the world, located just south of Vegas in the Nevada desert. The initiative, known as the Ivanpah Solar Thermal Energy Project, cost around $2.6 billion, but the results should provide enough emission-free energy to power 200,000 to 250,000 homes, and it has created over 2,000 jobs in the process. There’s been a lot of thought put into the placement of the plant, and Crane explains that Nevada is one of the few places in the USA where it’s possible to put it due to its high level of sun exposure and extremely flat lands. Sometimes it feels like we’re not getting very far in using solar energy to its full potential, but the amount of carbon this clean energy project will offset is definitely a HUGE step in the right direction.

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Nicole.Connolly

Nicole Connolly

Announcing Our New Social Media Internship Assistants

 

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: There’s no way Green Global Travel would be able to do what we do without the invaluable help provided by our Social Media Internship assistants.

 

Originally launched in January of last year, our internship program has proven remarkably successful, leading to full-time jobs in social media and PR for some former interns, and leading others (see: Emma Jane Higgins) to become irreplaceable members of our editorial team. Now that Mary and I have helped launch EcoAdventure Media and are both working regular jobs in addition to GGT, our Social Media Internship program has proven more vital than ever.

 

So please join us in welcoming our latest crop of SMI assistants to the Green Global Travel fold, and look for their writing and graphic design work to appear on the site very soon!

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Matt Kareus, Executive Director of IGTOA

Matt Kareus, Executive Director of IGTOA

Matt Kareus,  Exec. Director of International Galapagos Tour

Operators Association, On Galapagos Conservation

 

We first met Matt Kareus two years ago, when he was working with Sustainable Travel International and Natural Habitat, and we were newbie bloggers trying to find our feet. He asked us to contribute a few ecotourism posts to the STI blog, we gladly obliged, and we ended up working together on various other projects.

 

Now, Kareus has assumed the role of Executive Director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, a non-profit coalition of nearly 40 ecotour operators dedicated to “preserving the Galápagos Islands as a unique and priceless world heritage that will provide enjoyment, education, adventure and inspiration to present and future generations of travelers.”

 

Unlike other similar organizations, the IGTOA is not about increasing profits for its Members. Instead, it focuses on supporting conservation and responsible tourism initiatives in the Galapagos Islands, recognizing that ensuring long-term sustainability is crucial to the future of ecotourism in this incredible unique ecosystem. So we were delighted to chat with Kareus about the preservation of one of our favorite travel destinations.

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Mama & Baby Bear in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Mama & Baby Bear in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Proves Yelp Can’t Be Trusted

 

If you were searching for unbiased opinions about whether or not you should visit Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge during your trip to Outer Banks, North Carolina, chances are you’d turn to respected sites like TripAdvisor or Yelp to see what other travelers have to say about it.

 

But Alligator River’s Yelp reviews, which average 2.5 stars out of a possible 5, prove that uninformed opinions on the Internet aren’t nearly as valuable or insightful as those of the experts (and by “experts,” I mean someone who actually does the requisite research before planning a trip).

 

“We went for the bear watch,” writes Yelp reviewer Chad E., “and drove and drove and drove, saw half a dozen little dots that may have been bears, or could have been employees in black, and then came back. It was pretty dull, really.” Alicia F. writes, “If zero stars were an option, I’d pick that.” And Watrbb W. says “Bottom line for me is that I will never go there again, unless someone can point out to me the ‘right’ way to see and experience it?”

 

So Watrbb W., this one’s for you…

 

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• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Madagascar- Ring-tailed Lemurs at Anja Reserve
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
Borneo- Sabah Ecotourism Attractions
India- Ranthambhore National Park
India- Tibetan Culture In Ladakh
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
Australia-Maria Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AL- Fishing Mobile Bay
AL- Mobile Carnival Museum
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
FL- Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Lafayette Cajun Food Tour
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
LA- Voodoo Museum
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Asheville's Top Ecotourism Attractions
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
TX- Sea Turtle Rescue, South Padre Island
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN