El turismo ecológico or also called «ecotourism" It is an alternative tourism, different from the tourism we can call "traditional".
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ecotourism as "a responsible trip to natural areas that preserve the environment and improve the well-being of the local population."
- Contributes to the conservation of biodiversity.
- It supports the welfare of the local population.
- It includes a learning / interpretation experience.
- Involves responsible action by tourists and the tourism industry.
- It is offered primarily to small groups by small businesses.
- It requires the lowest possible consumption of resources and the use of renewable energy sources, biomass, solar energy, wind energy ...
- Emphasizes local participation, ownership and business opportunity for the rural population.
Geoface: ecotourism routes
GEOFACE, a small company formed by young geographers, proposes routes for the Cantabrian brown bear sighting, bird watching, the bellowing, interpretación medioambiental de los espacios protegidos de Asturias: Parques Naturales de Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias, Somiedo, Redes y Ponga, y Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa.
GEOFACE is also presented as a mediator and generator in / of activities of the experience tourism when it counts on its offer with specific visits where the formation of the consumer, the artistic creation or the interpretation of the landscape are a fundamental part of the commercialized and developed tourist activity.
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Ruta del Quesu and Cider
Hace ya años que dos hermanos, Manuel y Javier, echaron a andar su iniciativa de ecoturismo, sin saber qué era eso realmente. Decidieron quedarse en su pueblo de montaña, Asiegu, in the municipality of Cabrales, and involve the travelers who come there of the rural life modes showing the hallmarks of this territory.
The "rural itinerary" begins at eleven in the morning or seven in the afternoon. First visit a modern cheese factory to know how to make a Cabrales cheese artisan. After the explanations about the territory and the way to build the houses, the pastures, the pumaradas, the maturation cave of the Cabrales cheese and finally the espicha, en la que no faltan la tabla de quesos, mayau de Cabrales, huevos duros, tortos de maíz, chorizos a la sidra, picadillo con patatas, tortilla de bacalao, tortilla de patata, miel y sidra.
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In Tierra Mágica, with Begoña at the front -educationist and guide of educational itineraries in nature- A family route is a different experience. Its routes combine hiking, environmental education, the interpretation of the landscape, children's workshops, affective education and education for coexistence. They are routes that go through cliffs, visit prehistoric caves, walk along rivers ... in the eastern part of Asturias that has a great variety of ecosystems.
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