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The Ecotourism Game

Forest panorama

Organize a small group to run the ecotourism project

Tourists in rainforestAgustín recruits you, Pedro, and Fernando, all men in the 20s, to run the ecotourism project. You put up signs in tourist hotels in the market town and send a few to relatives in Quito to be posted in hotels there.

Within weeks, tourists start to arrive. You take them on walks in the rainforest and swimming in the waterfall. They seem like good people who are sincerely curious about the forest and the Quichua. Though you're nervous about doing a good job, you enjoy the tourists and even make a few friends.

But you need a place for them to sleep. Should they sleep on simple mats in people's homes, or should you build a tourist compound with cabins and a dining hut?

There has been little change in land use. Currently about a third of all community land is primary rainforest.
100% pile of plants
75% pile of coins
Tourists pay only $40 a day, but the money has a big impact. At this rate, the four of you will make about $1000 this year, almost twice what you make from agriculture.

What do you think?

Let tourists eat and sleep in Quichua homes
Build a tourist compound

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