Today, more and more people are traveling all over the world to explore what the world has to offer. Our list includes areas in different locations, terrains, and climates, taking you all across the world. Visiting these places will give you a better understanding of the awesome power and breathtaking beauty of nature, all while being green.
Eco-tourism is tourism that consumers can feel good about because it gives incentives to countries to keep their natural environments vibrant, rather than exploiting them for resources. Here is a list of our 10 favorite eco-tourism destinations.
La Amistad, Costa Rica
La Amistad International Park is home to five different species of large cat and over 600 species of birds. Explore the 990,000 acres of bio-dense rainforest in what has become a model for eco-tourism worldwide. La Amistad has an extensive network for community-based eco-tourism, a system of lodges and tourism attractions that are owned by grassroots community conservation organizations. In this way, what you pay for lodging, food, and guided tours goes directly to the communities themselves.
Koh Kong, Cambodia
See endangered species like the Asian elephant, tigers, and the siamese crocodile in this largely untouched area of the Southeast Asian rainforest. Eco-tourism has helped save this region from being subject to poachers and loggers and has revitalized the region. This is because all of the money raised from eco-tourism is injected into the community, improving economic situations and incentivizing protecting the local environment. Much of the area is powered by solar panels, and products are oftentimes locally sourced. Koh Kong focuses on creating a luxurious experience in the heart of Cambodia that is also environmentally responsible.
Devil’s Bridge, Armenia
Devil’s Bridge is a natural bridge located near the bottom of the Vorotan Gorge in Armenia, and it is surrounded by caves filled with stalactites. The mineral water that flows off of the bridge has helped paint it. Climb over this bridge and find natural bathes and hot springs. The nearby town of Tatev is a perfect starting point for the launching of tours throughout the area, with trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The local community welcomes tourists to their village, where you can get a feel for the local culture and learn about the timeless history of the region.
Bolivar is the largest state in Venezuela and also home to the world’s largest national park, Canaima National Park. Not only does it have the world’s largest waterfall, Angel Falls, but it also has three different climates (rainforest, mountain, and savannah). Before arriving in Bolivar, you can design your own green itinerary, where you can choose the modes of transportation that are as green as possible. Much of the area is conducive to hiking and exploring, both of which can be done on foot, by bike, or even on the back of a donkey! Bolivar is dedicated to creating a green experience for its tourists so that it can preserve its natural area for much time to come.
Nunavik, Quebec, Canada
There is no true taste of the North like Nunavik, located on Canada’s Hudson Bay. A recommended summer visit, Nunavik boasts a pristine, untouched landscape with much endogenous wildlife. Perfect for exploring tundra, taiga, and arctic landscapes. There is much opportunity to get involved with the landscape of Nunavik, including dog sledding and the “Inuit Odyssey,” a cultural tour of the region.
Visit in the summer for a beautiful experience with wildlife, or come in the winter for fun cold weather activities, such as skiing on the Baltic Sea or taking an icy water bath in the ocean before visiting a Finnish sauna. Many of the activities involve no carbon emissions and encourage getting active within the environment, such as hiking, biking, and kayaking,
Tassili N’Ajjer, Algeria
Home to fantastic landscapes, such as over 300 natural land arches, this sandstone-rich environment is filled with stunning views. Tassili N’Ajjer has one of the most important collections of wall paintings in the world, humans inhabited this landscape of “rock forests” nearly 8,000 years ago. You can see the natural scenery and scattered communities while on camel or horseback.
The most topographically varied region of Ghana, Volta contains hugely biodiverse areas, including rainforests, mountains, estuaries, and beaches. There are sanctuaries throughout the region for local wildlife, such as sea turtles, different species of monkeys, and hippopotami. Start off in the beautiful village of Liati Wote, gateway to Ghana’s highest peak of Mount Afadjato, the tropical rainforest, and the Tagbo waterfalls.
Fiordland, New Zealand
Glaciers, geothermal vents, waterfalls, and the world’s deepest fjords are some of the features of this widely diverse region in New Zealand. Come take a helicopter ride over the various terrains see why this region’s pristine landscapes have made it one of the most popular spots for destination weddings. New Zealand’s unique plant and animal species evolved in isolation for over 80 million years, making a spot for seeing especially unique wildlife.
Ecoparque is a pioneering project put worth by Uruguay with self-sufficiency as a core value. It is isolated from much of Uruguay, having attracted nonprofit businesses dedicated to improving sustainability. Much of the area reuses water and uses as much renewable energy as possible, making it a model for other eco-tourism projects worldwide.