A new travelling phenomenon is emerging--“ecotourism”--and is hailed as representing responsible travel to natural areas. Kiran Somani describes his experiences travelling around Ecuador as an ecotourist
Last summer, a friend and I agreed to try to spend as much time as we could abroad during our holiday. Our plan was simple: to go somewhere cheap and hot, where we could have a few drinks, meet lots of people, and briefly escape the impending final years of our studies. With only this much in mind we set off for Quito, Ecuador, to meet up with some friends before doing some travelling. Less than two weeks later, not only had I finished a week of intensive Spanish lessons but I also found myself teaching a group of villagers how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the local language.
Even now I'm not entirely sure how this came to be the case. In Quito we met our friends, who, having already been away for six months, had decided to volunteer teaching English at a local school. Although we'd just arrived