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Ecotourism is the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner meant to minimize ecological impact. It typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. It involves a strategic approach to saving nature in Earth’s most biologically outstanding terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. The World Wildlife Fund has created the Global 200, a list of regions identified as priorities for conservation. Over half of these are rated endangered.

 

As a traveler, you will have an effect on the environment and culture of the places you are visiting. You should learn about your destination before you get there. Read guidebooks and travel articles, and pay particular attention to customs such as greetings, appropriate dress, and eating behaviors. Follow established guidelines, stay on trails, pack up your trash, and remain set distances away from wildlife to minimize your effect in sensitive areas. Seek out locally owned businesses and buy locally to ensure maximum community benefit.

 

Dream destinations for ecotourism include lush jungles and colorful coral reefs to sprawling savannas and fabulous fjords. These areas are blessed with extraordinary natural resources and unique biodiversity and without question are heavens for photography enthusiasts.

 

 

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Palau - one of the world's foremost diving destinations, unspoiled beaches and trekking through dense jungles.

 

 

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Costa Rica - misty cloud rainforests, pristine black sand beaches, rushing river rapids, national parks and wildlife refuges, white water rafting, bungee jumping, surfing and boogie boarding, scuba diving, soaks in natural hot springs at the foot one of many active volcanoes.

 

 

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Norwegian Fjords - snowcapped mountains, tumbling waterfalls, crystal-clear waters, wildlife and small fishing villages.

 

 

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Kerala, India - clean sandy beaches, lush virgin forests, 2,500 plant species, Rajamala National Park, and Lake Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

 

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Kenya - wide savannas, wildlife, mountains, lakes, rain forests, deserts, beaches, 50 national parks and reserves with virgin rain forests and wildebeest migration, pristine white beaches, and colorful coral reefs.

 

 

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Hudson Bay, Canada – where Beluga whales gather to calve and frolic.

 

 

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Galapagos Archipelago - magical islands, desolate volcanic landscapes and enchanting and unique wildlife.

 

 

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Peru & The Amazon – Amazon lowlands, Andes heights, unique wildlife, and Machu Picchu (Lost City of the Incas).

 

 

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Arctic - cruise to explore the complex ecosystems, pristine mountain peaks and wildlife in their natural habitat.

 

 

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Mexico - pristine swamplands, volcanic pine mountains, dry tropical forests, dense jungles, savannas, tropical beaches, cenotes, underground rivers, Meso-American archeological ruins (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, and Aztec), colonial cities, Monarch butterflies, Sian Ka'an Biosphere, and beach resorts.

 

 

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Bolivia - Chalalán Ecolodge, Madidi National Park in the Bolivian Amazon. A tropical Andean jungle area host to 45,000 plant and over 1,000 tropical bird species.

 

 

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Ghana – the Canopy Walkway leads you through the treetops of Kakum National Park with a spectacular view of the rainforest. The suspended walkway includes 1,000 feet of swinging bridge and six-tree trunk–perched platforms. Enjoy bird watching (250 species), butterfly viewing (500 species), and see the rare wildlife. The Kukyekukyeku Bamboo Orchestra from Mesomagor with their traditional dances will be a treat to always remember.

 

 

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Brazil – Una Ecopark in the Atlantic forest of southern Bahia is an endangered ecosystem. Only 8 percent of the original forest remains, providing critical habitat for the endangered golden-headed lion tamarind and the yellow-breasted capuchin monkey that live nowhere else on earth. Guided nature hikes start at a rubber plantation where local workers harvest rubber from trees. Along the trail, visit primary and secondary forests, exuberant vines and bromeliads, a suspension bridge, bird watching (200 species) and wildlife viewing.

 

 

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Panama - Wekso Ecolodge in Bocas del Toro at La Amistad Biosphere Reserve has the most extensively protected cloud forests. Enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, and wildlife viewing of unique species such as the Harpy eagle, quetzal, and giant anteater.

 

 

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Dominica - Valley of Desolation (volcanic devastation with striped black and orange mineral deposits with swirling mist and steam.

 

 

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Belize – swamps and jungles, biodiversity, largest cave system in the world, unique underwater systems, rivers, pristine waterfalls, mountains dotted with Mayan civilization archaeological sites, the second longest Barrier Reef in the world, and an amazing underwater park for snorkelers and scuba divers.

 

 

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Guatemala - temperate high plateaus filled with lakes, rivers and 33 volcanoes, mangrove forests, lowland jungles of the Petén (second largest continuous stretch of forest in the American continent), 14 different ecosystems and a rich biodiversity of plant species.

 

 

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Honduras - pristine jungles, rich coastal plains (bananas), the Bay Islands (a continuation of Belize’s Barrier Reef) with some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world, Maya ruins of Copan, Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, tropical beaches, petro glyphs, wildlife watch and white-water-rafting.

 

 

Protravel at The Woodlands will assist you in designing your dream vacation to any of the extraordinary destinations described above or to many other unspoiled areas around the world.

 

 

Contact → debra.rubio@protravelinc.com