Partners: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, McGill University, Peace Corps
El Valle of Antón is a community that is in the crater of an extinct volcano and is surrounded by mountains that are the remnants of the collapsed volcanic cone. In 2014, we worked with students from the University of McGill in conducting an analysis of a route that would go all the way around this cone by joining side roads and community trails. Results indicated that this new tourist attraction had the potential to increase tourism to the area and even extend the duration of their visits.
Additionally, this project aims to bring tourists in contact with some of the more rural communities that surround El Valle with the goal of helping them to diversify their economic opportunities. Finally, the project will raise awareness about the geology, geography and ecology of this very special landscape by placing interpretive signs and maps of the route in specific highly visited places within the community.