Ecotourism may not solve the world’s growing environmental problems. But it does its share in raising awareness and making a small but positive difference in the global tourism industry. With eco-friendly destinations that promote environmental, cultural, economic, and social responsibility, travelers have the opportunity to explore pristine natural environments and gain positive experiences that encourage sustainable practices when traveling. Here are some of the most beautiful ecotourism destinations in the world.
Antarctica is one of the very few remaining great wilderness in the world that remains largely untouched. And the best thing that anyone can do to travel in this beautiful continent is to make the least impact as possible. Antarctica’s pristine natural environment offers plenty of wonders for travelers to see including stunning and awe-inspiring icebergs, penguins, and other wildlife.
Chile’s efforts to protect its environment make it an even more attractive eco-friendly destination. The country boasts of numerous natural areas and attractions including the Torres Del Paine National Park, Lauca National Park, Pumalín Park, Lake District, and the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) in the Atacama Desert. It is also home to the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument which is home to one of its largest penguin colonies.
Costa Rica is one of the places that come to mind when it comes to ecotourism. It is widely-known for its natural attractions that include lush rainforests and pristine beaches. There are many local eco-tour operators that offer a wide range of activities for travelers to experience the country’s natural beauty.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands was the first UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in the world. It consists of nineteen islands and the protected marine area around it. Its remoteness and unique environment add to the spectacular beauty of its natural wonders and attractions. It is home to a wide array of wildlife and marine species including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and so much more.
Iceland is fast becoming a popular tourist destination attracting a growing number of visitors each year, especially during summer. And the best thing a traveler can do to help protect the country’s natural beauty is to travel responsibly and sustainably. To experience Iceland in a more eco-friendly way, focus on activities that minimize impact on the environment. Walking, biking, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and camping out instead of staying in hotels are just some of the many ways to reduce carbon footprint while exploring the country’s breathtaking scenery.