Ecotourism is getting increasingly popular among all age groups. According to the International Ecotourism Society, its principles are:
- Minimize impact.
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
- Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate. (source)
If you would like to join the trend but aren’t sure where to travel to, check out this list that we have put together for you. Here are the best ecotourism destinations from around the world.
Iceland is known to be one of the best ecotourism locations in the world, so it’s no surprise that it made this list.
There are many options that allow you to stay eco-friendly while you’re there, with the main attraction being the untouched nature and surreal landscapes. Whether you are looking for glaciers, volcanoes or beaches, Iceland won’t disappoint.
If you are looking for a truly unique experience, visit this beautiful country in July and see the midnight sun. As the sun never sets, you’ll have more time to discover Iceland while you’re there.
For more inspiration check out our Iceland ‘off the beaten path’ guide.
Jamaica is known for looking like paradise on earth, with its turquoise blue waters and white sandy beaches – but this is not all that it has to offer. It is also a top ecotourism destination, as many of the activities you can do there do not cause any harm to its nature or ecosystem. Hike the UNESCO World Heritage site, go bamboo rafting on the Martha Brae River, or relax on Winnifred Beach.
There is no bad time to visit Jamaica. However, the best time to visit this gorgeous country is in April, due to it being the time with the least tourists around.
When you think of Jordan, for most people, Petra springs to mind. But this location, while beautiful and awe-inspiring, is not all that Jordan has to offer. Whether you are looking to hike through world-renowned nature reserves or for a desert adventure, there will definitely be an Ecotourism site to tickle your fancy. Jordan is the world leader when it comes to Ecotourism, as the community helps preserve the natural beauty of the country and businesses align with these values.
Stay at the Fenyan Eco-Lodge to take your holiday to the next level. This hotel is completely solar powered and the rooms are candlelit. Enjoy a delicious meal at the premises and end your night with a stargazing session. Have we convinced you yet?
Although you probably won’t need much convincing to visit beautiful Costa Rica, we’ll still tell you about its Ecotourism possibilities.
If you are looking for a great eco-travel adventure, Costa Rica is the place to be! Much of the country’s nature is untouched, boasting rainforests, volcanoes, beaches and an impressive array of wild species of monkeys and birds.
It is impossible to travel through this country and not appreciate its natural wonders, which in turn makes you want to preserve it. After all, why should your holiday negatively impact the countries who so openly receive you?
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