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The Ecotourism Game

Forest panorama

Build a tourist compound

After several mingas, or communal work days, the community has built two tourist cabins and a dining hut in a clearing 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.

Almost all the tourists ask about Quichua culture. You remember a few traditional songs and dances, but only modern pop music is played at local fiestas. Should you put on a traditional cultural program or let them enjoy a more typical fiesta,with a stereo playing recent radio hits?

Would you like to hear a bit of traditional Quichua music (108K in AIFF or WAV) or a radio hit song (50K in AIFF or WAV)?

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, each household will make about $300, or 50%, more this year than last year.

What do you think the community should do to entertain tourists?

Stage a traditional cultural program
Have a contemporary fiesta

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