Tourism can have a majorly negative effect on the environment of a country, so why not for your next vacation choose one of these eco-friendly tourist spots.
#1 The Amazon
The Manu Cloud Forest Canopy Walkway
Opening in 2011 and situated in the Amazon Rainforest, you can find a canopy walkway filled with many different animals and plants of the rainforest. The walkway itself has four towers ranging in height from 20 to 44 meters high and an observation platform 146 meters long with suspension bridges ranging from 21 to 44 meters. Throughout the walk, you can experience the Andean cloud forest ecosystem, take loads of incredible aerial photos and can learn something new through the various educational packages offered.
In terms of helping the environment, by visiting this project you help to create an economic situation that takes power away from deforestation companies and delivers revenue through sustainable tourism.
If you don’t mind the freezing cold, Alaska is a great option for eco-tourists. Explore the fascinating landscape and wildlife in this often-forgotten part of the world. There are plenty of walking and hiking trails, both of which can be done individually or with a tourist company. One of these companies, Backroads, offers a glacier to coastline walking tour of the Kenai Peninsula.
As Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinabalu is rich in eco-diversity, both of animals and plants, giving home to over 4500 differing species. Much like the tours of Alaska, all fitness levels are welcome, with short trails through the forest, longer hikes, and even treks to the top of Kinabalu Mountain. The park is also noted for having a splendid selection of flora and fauna that can be observed. This truly is an eco-warriors dream, naturally beautiful alongside organisations ensuring its preservation.
#4 Federated States of Micronesia
Littered with imposing mountains over 2000 feet tall, covered by rich rainforest, and surrounded by a stunning coral reef; Kosrae is a microcosm of all things green. Once housing an ecolodge this island is wonderful for those interested in the fauna of such a region. Explore the wonder of the environment on this small island, without leaving a path of destruction behind you.
#5 Galapagos Islands
The perfect place to watch the happenings of various Marine Birds, the visit site is located parallel to nesting area of the Frigate birds, creating stunning visuals that are also of environmental interest. Additionally, there is the Palo Santo forest that creates an excellent view of the waterway formed between the island and Bartolomé. Having been made famous by Darwin’s writings, the Galapagos Islands are truly one of the most interesting, diverse places you could visit on this earth today.
Basically, ditch the boredom of ‘Irish’ pubs and the all-inclusiveness of your typical package holiday on the continent and help the planet while you are at it.