Do you consider yourself an eco-traveller? Is your idea of the best trip one where you are up close and personal in the splendor of nature? If the answers to these questions are yes then you should check out the following four dream destinations chosen especially with the eco-tourist in mind. You can see everything from brilliant coral reefs and expansive prairielands to lush jungles and breath-taking fjords.
Of course, to make such a list, it becomes more than matter of natural beauty. Rather, it was important that these destinations with their abundant resources were being preserved. Each one has a richness of flora and fauna, but also a commitment by those responsible for them to maintain the stability and beauty of these regions through sustainable tourism.
Palau – This island nation has long been recognized as a premiere diving destination, even before it appeared on the reality TV show “Survivor.” The ocean is one of crystal-clear waters that lie just off the coast. The waters reveal a veritable feast for the eyes, with a vast selection of colourful coral—more than 500 species by one estimate—as well as 1,400 varieties of fish.
The island itself affords visitors the opportunity to wander unspoiled beaches and plenty of chances to do some jungle trekking. It is because of the island’s remote location on the western edge of Micronesia that has allowed it to remain untouched and in pristine condition. Nowhere will you find the affects of abuse of resources or the onslaught of commercial tourism. The local population is committed to preserving Palau.
Costa Rica – This Central American country has become a byword for eco-tourism. Costa Rica is a land of cloud forests, black sand beaches and raging river rapids. Thus, it affords travellers with plenty of great outdoor activities. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a peaceful experience of the country’s natural beauty or you are out for a little adventure, Costa Rica offers something for everyone. The national parks and wildlife refuges contain varieties of exotic creatures including monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, manatees, herons, sea turtles and poison dart frogs. Those travellers who are more environmentally conscious can choose from among several great eco-friendly accommodations.
Norwegian Fjords – A combination of stringent environmental regulations and their already remote location have helped to maintain the famous fjords of Norway. The landscape of the fjords is one of breath-taking, snow-capped mounts, bubbling waterfalls, clear waters. Tourists may choose to bike or hike over the rough terrain. Then again, you might prefer a gentle boat ride through the midst of the enormous fjords. Norway has been a leader in environmental policy and has taken strong measures to protect its coastline through the regulation of the fishing, whaling, sealing and oil industries.
Kerala, India – Situated on India’s southwestern coast, the tiny state of Kerala has been known by many as “God’s Own Country.” This intriguing label is very fitting once you see first hand the region’s virgin forests and smooth, sandy beaches. It is really is one of India’s unspoiled wonders. Kerala is home to hundreds of unique animal species and nearly a quarter of the country’s 10,000 plant species. For instance, the nilgiri tahr, an endangered mountain goat, dwells in Rajamala National Park, while elephants, bison and wild boar can be seen traipsing about the Lake Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This new trend in preservation was prompted by earlier misuse of the resources, especially in the area of deforestation. Nature trails, educational centres and adventure activities can be found in place here too, so you can learn more about sustainable eco-tourist practices.