Logging alone cannot make enough profit to support the conservation
area and in 2002 , 60% of PfB’s income came from educational
visits by students from the USA and from tourism. This is not the
usual tourism of holiday brochures but what is called ‘ecotourism’.
This word sometimes just means holidays which focus on wildlife
and natural beauty, but it should mean much more. Real ecotourism
makes as little impact as possible on the environment; respects
the culture of local people and ensures that most of the money paid
out by the tourists stays in the local economy. It can also involve
some kind of education for the travellers about the local conservation
Right: A 19th century
picture of an Ocellated Turkey, an endangered species found
only in a small area of Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. Numbers
in the Rio Bravo forest are increasing and visitors can see
them at close quarters.