Human Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 611–612 | Cite as

Luis A. Vivanco: Green Encounters: Shaping and Contesting Environmentalism in Rural Costa Rica

Berghan Books, Studies in Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology, Volume 3, 2006, 222pp, bibliography, index, ISBN-13: 978-1845451684
  • Lynn M. Morgan

Because my first visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (MCFR) in Costa Rica took place before the ecotourist boom of the late 1980s, and because I return frequently, I like to pretend that I am not a Northern elitist bent on importing her vision of nature. I’ve had enough encounters with scorpions not to romanticize the tropics, although I continue to appreciate every sighting of a toucan or quetzal. My familiarity gives me license to lament every “improvement” to the MCFR facilities, including the ever-expanding visitor center with its cheap tourist souvenirs and the cement-block tiles over trails that were once deep in foot-sucking mud. Catering to foreign ecotourists does have its comical side. One day, walking in my characteristically reverential mode along a misty trail, I paused to listen to a howler monkey whooping nearby. A minute later, the thundering primate was revealed to be a local (and very human) guide performing an impressive imitation. It was funny but sad, a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA

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