Ecotourism holidays

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ecotourism holidays

Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. This type of holiday will particularly appeal to people wishing to “leave only a footprint” in the places they visit.

WHERE IN THE WORLD?…

Ecotourism can be found in all corners of the globe, with some countries embracing its principles more than others.   For many countries, ecotourism is not simply a marginal activity to finance protection of the environment, but is a major industry of the national economy. For example, in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nepal, Kenya, Madagascar and territories such as Antarctica, ecotourism represents a significant portion of the gross domestic product and economic activity.

WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE CAN I EXPECT?…

By their very nature, ecotourism holidays aim to conserve the environment and improve the well-being of local people.   So you should expect if you book such a holiday to travel to natural destinations, minimise impact on local communities, be encouraged to build environmental awareness, provide direct financial benefits and empowerment for conservation and local people, respect local culture and support human rights and democratic movements.

You will be able in many destinations to sit back and admire flora and fauna, or even join in some activities like climbing or walking but only if such activities do not have an adverse effect on the local environment and people.   Be prepared for extreme weather conditions in some countries, so it pays to research carefully the type of climate you enjoy.   Take account also that you will be entering different cultures, so be sensitive to, and respect, the differences.   For example, people in the HimalayanKingdom of Bhutan may not have the same religious or political views as you.

WHEN CAN I DO THAT?…

You can take an ecotourism holiday all year round depending on the country you choose.   It is wise to avoid the monsoon season in Africa and parts of South East Asia, high summer months in South America (when it can be exceptionally hot and humid), and also the depth of winter in Central Asia (when temperatures are very cold).

DO I NEED ANYTHING SPECIAL TO DO THAT?…

Depending on when and where you choose to go, you should keep in mind that the weather could offer extremes of temperate and precipitation, and the ground underfoot may well be less than perfect.   Carefully research these factors before booking, and budget for extras like walking boots, waterproof clothing and climbing equipment.   Bear in mind too that some eco tourism holidays are difficult to reach, so the cost and time to get to your destination will often be higher than normal.

WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND?…

Bhutan, traditionally known as “Druk Yul” or the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” is a tiny Buddhist Kingdom, comparably the size of Switzerland, perched in the great Himalayas between its two giant neighbours, Tibet (China) to the north and the Indian States of Assam to the east, Arunachal Pradesh to the west and Sikkim & West Bengal to the south. Bhutan has been described as the last Shangri-La in the world, where few travellers have journeyed and is, today, one of the most sought after travel destinations. The country is slowly opening up to the modern world maintaining a fine balance with its ancient traditions. It promises you as an adventure like no other.

WHAT DOES IT COST?…

You can visit festivals, go on trekking tours and admire an array of flora and fauna with a budget from around £2,000 per person which includes return flights, accommodation and some meals.

WHO ELSE ENJOYS DOING THAT?…

There are many famous people who love exploring the flora and fauna of an ecotourism holiday, including scientists David Bellamy and David Attenborough.

Link to Other Things To Know (Passports, Visas, Health, Security)

You will certainly need a valid passport, possibly with several months’ validity remaining, and often a visa which could take time to be granted.    You may need vaccinations, and you should also carefully check security information for the area you are travelling to.   A good starting point for information is UK government websites like http://www.fco.gov.uk and http://www.dfid.gov.uk.

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