Posted by: galapagosinc | July 7, 2009

What is Ecotourism?

The rise of environmental concerns and the “go green” trends of the world have also brought meaning to a new concept: ecotourism. We can easily assume that any word with the prefix “eco” must be environmentally friendly, but do we truly know what the word means? Here is an in-depth understanding from

Ecotourism is a way of traveling responsibly to developing countries and natural areas (such as the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest), while at the same time improving the economy and well-being of the local people. It thrives upon principles of uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. ecotourism

Overall, ecotourism travelers will:

  • Minimize impact
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness
  • Provide positive experiences for themselves and their hosts
  • Directly benefit conservation of the area to which they’re traveling
  • Empower and financially benefit the locals
  • Raise sensitivity and awareness to the host country’s political, environmental, and social climate.

The next time you plan a vacation or unique travel trip for the family, take ecotourism into mind. Take pleasure in getting to know the simplicity and uniqueness of a developing area, while at the same time creating awareness and benefitting developing countries.


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