There are plenty of natural places in this world that are still relatively not contaminated, polluted, or disturbed. A trip to such destinations is termed as ecological tourism or ecotourism. Ecotourism is an excellent opportunity for anyone not just to have a fun vacation but also to admire and study the wildlife, vegetation and other natural wonders. In the last few years, ecotourism has been rising in popularity all over the world so much that it has actually made it easier now to access even the remotest corners of natural wonders of this earth.
Following Are Seven Such Destinations That Will Leave You Mesmerized With Their Spectacular Range Of Ecotourism Attractions:
1. Himalayas, Nepal
The Himalayan region in Nepal is undoubtedly one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world. The stunning landscape of snow-covered peaks of the world’s highest mountains is powerful enough to mesmerize you. Located between India and China, the Himalayan region of Nepal offers you the best place to enjoy the Himalayan beauty.
Besides the snow-covered mountain peaks, you will also love to explore the alpine forests, where you can also get a chance to see grazing yaks. The subtropical valleys in this region have a forest of banana trees. For independent trekkers, rustic trail lodges have been built in the way where trekkers can take some rest during their trekking journey. The best way to explore this wonderful ecotourism destination is by joining a camping trek. This will be an experience you always cherish in your memory.
2. Galapagos Islands
When it comes to ecotourism travelling, the unspoiled islands of Galapagos can be another great destination. The kind of diversity of life that these islands have had mesmerized Darwin so much in the year 1835 that he wrote the entire theory of evolution. Located 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this incredible archipelago is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the world’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Some of the most unique creatures of our planet live in this region, such as Penguins and sea lions. Certain activities like flash photography and jet-skiing are not allowed here.
If you are looking for a wonderful ecotourism destination in the Caribbean region, Dominica is definitely a top pick. The lush island of Dominica is located between Guadeloupe and Martinique. The place is also known by some other popular titles, such as “the Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbean” and “the Natural Island of the Caribbean”. Whale watching is one of the major attractions. You have a 90% chance to spot whales in these regions, as 40-ton whales often come to the shores of this island to play, to mate and even to socialize. Other attractions that make this island an ecotourism heaven include natural hot springs, gorgeous waterfalls, superb hiking trails, pristine rain forests and some of the best spots for scuba diving. The rain forest lodges are the best places to stay here.
4. Costa Rica
Costa Rica, which literally means “rich coast” is a small Central American territory that boasts off extraordinary cultural and natural wealth. The place is famous for adventure activities like skydiving, rock climbing, scuba diving, fishing, horseback riding, biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, birding and lots more. The abundant wildlife, the Tortuguero National Park, the 750-miles of beaches, thermal hot springs, an abundance of rainforests and some active but not dangerous volcanoes are some of those wonderful attractions in Costa Rica, exploring which will definitely leave you mesmerized. The rustic lodges of the Tortuguero National Park are the best places to stay here.
With the rise of environment-friendly resorts up along the Savannah has now made it very easy for travelers to explore the natural wealth of Botswana. The spectacular range of wildlife, salt pans, transient lakes, reverine forests, sprawling desserts and the wide-open savannah plains are some of those beautiful attractions that have gained the title of “the Jewel of Africa” for Botswana. Do not forget to take the safaris and explore the wildlife of the northern region of Botswana. You have a great chance to encounter chacma baboons, rhinos, hippos, zebras, lions, leopards and elephant herds here.
6. Blue Mountains In Australia
Just one-and-a-half hour car ride from Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountain Area of Australia is another great ecotourism destination, which has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2000. The area covers around 550 square miles of mysteriously narrow canyons, rocky outcroppings, swamps and beautiful valleys. The native trees of this one of the most beautiful parts of the world produce eucalyptus oil, which cast a blue hue in the surrounding environment and that is how the region has got its name the Blue Mountains. The adventure activities that you can enjoy here in the wild include bushwalking, horseback riding, canoeing, rappelling, mountain biking and rock climbing.
The best time to visit Antarctica is during summer. During the summer months, the ice barriers of the continent is melted, the near-perpetual darkness of the winter goes away, and you get a relatively easy and exciting access to its exotic wildlife, beautiful landscapes, magnificent whales, cute and comical penguins and the monumental icebergs and glaciers. The most popular and exciting way to reach this off-the-path ecotourism destination is through cruising. You can get the details about the cruise ships by contacting the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.
Remember, these ecotourism destinations are unspoiled, unpolluted and preserved, which means certain activities like photography might be restricted here and you must also co-operate with those restrictions.