The Guiana Shield an Eco-tourism Paradise, Thanks to Natural Defenses Against Invaders

January 17, 2012
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Conservationists have been trying to stop the deforestation of Central and South American rainforests for years, but one jungle region in Venezuela has its own defenses in place. The soil atop the Guiana Shield is so inarable that the rainforests are undesirable for industrial agriculture.

Guiana Shield, which extends across Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, contains 10 to 15 percent of the world's freshwater reserves and provides homes for indigenous tribes as well as many creatures unique to the region, according to the Guiana Shield Initiative. The advocacy group has been working to preserve the region since 1993, but there are still many illegal mines and other invasive projects that are putting the region in danger.

Travelers on International Expeditions’ new Guyana & Trinidad tour will want to keep in mind that the balance of the ecosystem is extremely delicate. Even small-scale disruptions can throw it off, so visitors will want to mind their behavior and leave the least amount of proof that they were there as is possible.

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