Already stunning in their own right, these countries are also among the world’s greenest, standing at the forefront of Earth’s conservation.
Through local, regional and national efforts, these famous ecotourist destinations have managed to both reduce negative impacts from tourism and reverse unintended damage.
Here you’ll find that water is used (and re-used) efficiently and intelligently; single-use plastic bags are forbidden; and food is grown organically and locally to minimize waste and transport. In short, they’re sustainable havens designed to treat and delight you, while also providing tender loving care for Mother Earth.
So grab your reusable bags and your refillable water bottle, and start planning your trip. Not only will these places amaze you with their natural beauty, they’ll also leave you with a clear conscience of visiting in most the sustainable and ecological way possible.
As it leads one of the largest and most populated countries in the world, India’s government has introduced strict measures in the last few decades to help conserve much of its natural resources and beauty.
In lush nature reserves like Periyar and Alleppey, travelers can join locals as they ply the regions’ famous backwaters on river cruises and transport hundreds of people from town to town.
Without a doubt, Costa Rica is the country most associated with ecotourism. Given the region’s rich biodiversity, the Costa Rican authorities wisely framed their tourism philosophy around natural ecology. In addition to integrating education into the natural parks and restricting pollution, the country has many certified, eco-friendly accommodations that meet the highest international standards.
Whether due to the its advanced civic development or to its relatively small population, Norway’s ecological culture has emerged as a strong influence and led it to adapt its entire tourism industry in recent years.
Natural highlights include the Norwegian Fjords, which were one of the 4 pilot destinations for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council program. Strict environmental and tourism criteria ruled out several other countries’ participation, underlining the strength of Norway’s green operations.
The mere mention of Kenya is enough to stir up visuals of sweeping grasslands, teaming with lions, antelopes and rhinos. Even as the Kenyan government has worked hard with international organizations to maintain that association, combatting poachers and illegal loggers, the African country contains much more.
With one of Earth’s most enriched biodiversity, Kenya is also home to a multitude of beaches, coral reefs, mountains, and more. When visiting, look into sustainable, environmental lodging, such as the famous Swajili Eco Villa-Mgunga House.
When writing his famous work, On the Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin visited the isolated Galapagos to see its vegetation and fauna that had evolved without any intervention by man. In 1978, more than a century later, the islands were named the first Natural World Heritage Site due to that very same unique plant and animal life.
And today, the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands continues to be managed and oriented towards the protection of its native species. Protective measures ensure that visitors are unable to modify or contaminate the area.
If you choose to visit this land frozen in time, stay at Villa Galápagos, whose owners have ensured peak eco-friendly efficiency. As much waste and energy consumption are reduced as much as possible, while still offering hospitable and upscale accommodations.
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