Raves and Praise
What is sustainable is what holds. No society is sustainable
when injustice reigns. Sustainability is a 21st century word for
has received numerous kudos and awards.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
ECOCLUB - Significantly
advanced the cause of ecotourism
Outside - Virtual vanguard
- Ron Mader has a vision of smaller, environmentally friendly, genuinely
engaging programs that directly benefit local communities. Call
it ecotourism. GORP calls it a lot more fun and interesting.
Ron Mader as a world-renown ecotourism leader and promotor. His
web site Planeta.com is probably the most important ecotourism site
in the world, and is a constant source of consultation for my work.
- Hector Ceballos-Lascurain, 2008
Planeta.com is featured as one of the 'Sustainable Tourism’s
50 top global movers and shakers' in Totem
Tourism's 2007 Sustainable Tourism Report.
December 2006 Honorary Lifetime Member
ECOCLUB presents Ron Mader with Honorary Lifetime membership. "We
would like to thank those eco personalities who have significantly
advanced the cause of Ecotourism through their work." Details
Bruce Whipperman, Oaxaca
"Oaxaca has become an ecotourism center partly because of the
dedication of Ron Mader, founder and moving force behind the superb
Planeta.com website. Log on and you'll find virtually everything
you need to know."
November 2004 Planeta for the People
"This site is a solid resource for people who want to be engaged
with the local people and the environment when they travel ... Check
it out. At the very least it might offer you a different way of
thinking about how to take your next vacation.."
PLANETA.COM -- Top 100 Websites! "The only travel site
of its size devoted exclusively to eco-travel, for those who prefer
their adventures green."
May 2004 SPREAD THE LOVE
"Developed in 1994 as a reporter's notebook (a forerunner of today's
'blog'), Planeta.com helped pioneer online environmental and tourism
March 2003 ACCESS & RESOURCES: VIRTUAL VANGUARD
"PLANETA.COM -- A comprehensive site that provides information
on travel books, eco forums, special reports and other musings on
the green scene."
Mexico Silver Lens Award
Ron Mader is now a two-time winner of the "Silver
Lens" Award presented for best Mexico travel website from President
New York Times
March 24, 2002 TRAVEL
"PLANETA.COM -- Articles (many in Spanish) and discussions about eco-tourism.
Book reviews and trip planning. Links to local news reports and tour
companies. Run by Ron Mader, a journalist."
January 2002 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ECOTOURISM
Ron Mader, founder and mastermind for the website, has compiled
a 2002 Ecotourism Resource Guide to make finding the authentic "real"
earth friendly places, companies and people easier. His effort runs
in tandem with the official United Nations "International Year of
Ecotourism." In our research we have found that Planeta.com is the
best source for truthful accurate information about earth friendly
tourism practices worldwide. In addition to the comprehensive resource,
guide they also host a variety of web-based forums focused on responsible
Green Money Journal
December 2001/January 2002 EXPLORING ECOTRAVEL OPTIONS
One of the best online resources for all things ecotravel, Planeta.com
contains so much information you'll probably never read it all.
Organized into easy to navigate subject areas for destinations,
resources, advertising, and news, this site is a must visit for
anyone concerned with responsible travel. Planeta also holds online
conferences and partners with organizations concerned with travel
in the Americas... For an idea on how thoroughly Planeta covers
the subject, check out their pages on family travel and advice on
picking a responsible tour operator. Ecotravel with the little ones
can be challenging, but Planeta includes information especially
June 10, 2001: Right Click
The term "ecotourism" has become so overused that it's almost meaningless.
Enter Planeta.com, a rare authority on genuine eco-tours and advice.
Planeta includes trip reports -- everything from sea kayak voyages
to birdwatching tours -- as well as sections that stretch the definition
of eco-travel, such as cybercafe listings and studying Spanish in
May 2000: Cybersurf
Latin Trade awards Planeta.com's content, design, navigation
and overall quality as "clickworthy!" "If you are planning on a
jungle or cloud forest adventure in Latin America, this site will
answer most of your questions before you leave. It is an archive
of information for tourists and researchers alike on environmental
issues and eco travel."
Michael Shapiro: The Internet revolution has made it much
easier for one person with a mission to promote a worthy cause.
Ron Mader does this with Planeta, which focuses on sustainable tourism.
Planeta is a deep resource and growing.
April 2000: Highly Commended Status, Ecotourism Excellence
"The ecotourism revolution is inextricably linked with the information
revolution. As in all industries, the internet will play an
ever increasing role in the evolution of responsible tourism.
Ron Mader has shown how effectively that can be done. After
completing his master's thesis on ecotourism issues in Costa
Rica, Mader, a budding journalist, started a newsletter on ecotourism
that quickly evolved into a web-based version. The idea was
to educate foreign and domestic travelers on nature travel in
Latin America. Today, Planeta.com is not only one of the most
popular ecotourism websites for tourists, it is influencing
how ecotourism itself is being shaped. Operators, researchers,
regulators and activists use Planeta.com as a clearinghouse
on environmental issues, biodiversity, indigenous concerns -
all the disparate elements of ecotourism. Nor has Mader dropped
his personal, non-electronic involvement, with a busy schedule
of workshops, seminars and lectures on ecotourism."
of Latin Americanist Geographers
January 2000: First recipient of the Private Sector and
Government Award in recognition of contributions to enhancing
and disseminating knowledge of the geography of Latin America
through the internet.
December 1999 Issue: Internet Travel: Best of the Web
- 50 Most Valuable Travel Sites:Focusing on sustainable tourism
in Latin America, Planeta is a deep resource (8,000 pages and
growing) that includes a directory of ecologically aware tour
Our Staff Recommends: Planeta.com
Doing as much research in Mexico as I do, I find myself frequently
directing these people to Planeta.com, where Ron Mader, a graduate
of the Masters in Latin American Studies Program here at UT,
maintains a huge diversity of links to all kinds of information
about eco-tourism. A very useful and informative site. - Dean
Hendrickson, Curator, Ichthyology
Ron Mader has devoted his life to changing the face of tourism
in Latin America. Away with industrial tourist resorts. Instead
he has a vision of smaller, environmentally friendly, genuinely
engaging programs that directly benefit local communities. Call
it ecotourism. GORP calls it a lot more fun and interesting
... Says Ron, "One of the reasons I created Planeta.com is that
conventional media offers us a diet of stereotypical reporting.
Mexico is either a land of polluting maquiladoras or a land
of sunshine and white sand beaches. The truth is always a mix
of opposite realities but try to convince a city editor of that."
Yahoo Internet Life
4 Stars - The journey of a thousand miles can begin
with a single Web page. If your goal lies south of the U.S.
border, start at PLANETA, the premier ecotravel resource
for Latin America. Resources include a frequently updated index
of Environmental Travel Providers and Destinations, and personal
travel reports. It's the treasure of the Sierra Madre.
December 1996: Selected as one of the best 1,001 websites.
"With more than 2 million Web Sites out there it's hard to find
the good stuff... Our editors and Internet experts spent months
combing the Web to compile this guide to the best sites for
business, home, and recreation."
June 1996: Provides environmental news and information
for the conscientious traveler.
The Arid Lands Newsletter
May 1996: The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Guide: "Essential
if your interests include borderlands environmental issues."
EPA Internet Newsbrief
January 1996: "Mr. Mader presents a compilation of 'resources'
for green travelers that includes lists of publishers, travel
companies, tourism offices, contacts, Spanish language schools,
tapes, recipes and book reviews. A section on environmental
trade and technologies has just been introduced."
May 1995: El Planeta Platica features pieces in
an entertaining vein, including articles like "Cycling in the
World's Largest City" and recipes for traditional dishes such
as gazpacho andaluz and fried plaintains...