Visiting Amboro was incredible. The first day was relatively straightforward, a pretty simple hike. Day two was wild. I like to say I’m a pretty good hiker, and I’ve been a lot of places in the US to hike. I had never experienced anything like that second day. Most of the hike was fording (or occasionally wading in) rivers.  There were no trails to speak of at least half the time. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Amboro is a natural paradise. The air is sweet and pure. Human modification to the park is almost non-existent. National parks in the US are beautiful as well, but they are also more developed. Instead of minimal ecotourist lodging like in Amboro, places such as Yellowstone have restaurants and hotels inside the park. Yellowstone or the Smokies are a little remote, but there are also paved roads to get there. The air is less pure. Tourists also swamp those parks, which can sometimes defeat the purpose of conservation in the first place. Hopefully Amboro will stay much the same as it is now.


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  1. Why does it matter it is so undeveloped ecologically and socially? What does it say about local values around preservation and what counts as developed?


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