What is Eco Traveling? Certainly, we may think we understand what eco-travel is, but do we really mean it? The first thought that comes to mind is that eco-travel or eco-tourism mainly aims to preserve natural destinations through minimally invasive travel, thereby preserving the natural beauty of generations to come.
While this is certainly true, in other aspects, ecological travel has become virtually indistinguishable and practically linked to ethical tourism. Ethical tourism rewards or punishes countries by encouraging or discouraging tourism revenues depending on whether countries give in to external beliefs about what is right or wrong. This list will mainly concern the most intriguing sites according to biodiversity and culture.
Palau is a sovereign island nation that is considered a protectorate of the United States. Located in the far west of Micronesia, it is closer to the Philippine island of Mindanao than to the other populated islands of the Micronesian chain.
Palauans are proud of their island and their culture. The thick interior jungle is preserved while many reefs surrounding the island are closed to fishing to ensure a healthy marine population.
While Palau, far away, is served by direct flights from Manila and Guam, modern amenities are readily available, making it one of the best destinations for the eco-traveler who really doesn’t want the make.
The smallest and least populated province in the Philippine archipelago, there is little here that resembles the rest of the Philippines. No commercialism, no fast food, and few modern conveniences. Batanes is a living time capsule that has apparently disappeared from the planet.
This group of ten islands located in the Strait of Luzon between Taiwan and the main Philippine island of Luzon has been permanently inhabited by Ivatans for over 4000 years. The smallest and least populated of the Philippine provinces, land sales to Batanes are illegal. The land is transferred from a landowner to the next of kin when the landowner dies. Ivatans are mainly employed in agriculture or fishing. Their traditional stone and thatched roof structures seem more suitable for a medieval Gaelic village than for ancient peaceful people. Winter temperatures can reach a steep 7 degrees Celsius virtually unknown to the rest of the country. This destination is far away with few modern amenities, so travel insurance is recommended here.
Amazon rainforest, Brazil
Often overlooked by ecotourism countries that adhere to the principles of ethical tourism due to the incessant damage to the rainforest, the Amazon still represents the largest tropical forest in the world. Sometimes called “the lungs of the world”, the Amazon remains unequaled in terms of biodiversity and different cultures with limited exposure to the modern world. Due to high crime rates and travel insurance in remote areas, this is a must.
This Central American country normally ranks at the top of many best eco-travel destinations due to its remarkable biodiversity and official commitment to conservation. Culturally, however, it has become a haven for westerners and due to non-existent laws regarding prostitution, a popular sexual tourist destination as well. A vibrant party scene and easy access to modern amenities make Costa Rica a rarity among eco-friendly travel destinations.
This African nation has long been a favorite of eco-travelers. A long-standing commitment to conservation, coupled with exceptional biodiversity, attracts a crowd of Safari customers armed with cameras and video recorders. The great migration that occurs during the dry season is a must for those who devote themselves to eco-travel. Travel insurance is recommended.