The Ecotourism Game
Build a tourist compound and attract more tourists
The four of you leave your crops
for several weeks to clear a patch of forest and build a simple tourist
cabin. The other people of Pangayacu watch with a mixture of curiosity and
amusement. The cabin is one kilometer (half a mile) from the center of Pangayacu.
A few tourists are disappointed that they can't stay with a Quichua family,
but most are satisfied. Several tourist groups visit Pangayacu every week
now, staying for two to four days. They enjoy seeing the rainforest and
learning about Quichua culture,
such as the blowguns which were once used for hunting.
The money coming in has paid off all the debts you acquired
to buy the outboard motor for the canoe, the cabin furnishings, and other
Now that the rest of the people of Pangayacu see how much
money tourists bring, they are more interested in the ecotourism project.
At the next community meeting, Mariano suggests making the project communal,
so everyone works and benefits from it. Pedro and Fernando want nothing
of this, saying they built the tourism business up and deserve to benefit
from it most. Agustin, however, would like to include the rest of the community.
He says it is the only way the project will work in the long run.
|You don't work much in the fields nowadays, but everyone else Pangayacu is. Most other Quichua have cleared a hectare of primary forest for new
||Income from tourism comes in steadily, and you no longer need to sell crops in the market.
What do you think?
Keep the project in the hands of the small group
Open the project to the entire community