Latin America is a popular area for travelers looking for unique vacations. With such diverse landscapes and cultures, no two countries in this region are the same.
In Latin America, you’ll find many opportunities to enjoy an unusual vacation when planning your next trip. Ecotours in this region all help to contribute to the local community or conserve the natural environment.
An experienced local guide will be your host, giving you greater insight into the local area than usual. These are five ecotours in Latin America that we recommend.
Hiking the Inca Trail
Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket lists, but over the past years, there have been many concerns about overcrowding at the site. By hiking the Inca Trail with a company like Evolution Treks Peru, you’ll also support local Peruvian women during your adventure. They also offer a women-only tour of Machu Picchu and were the first company in Peru to hire female porters and tour guides for the Inca Trail. All of their team members are wilderness first aid trained, and many have graduated from NOLS as certified Wilderness First Aid Responders.
A Costa Rica Jungle Adventure
Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America, and you’ll find many opportunities for ecotours here. This Ultimate Wildlife Adventure is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the country’s beautiful nature while supporting local sanctuaries and research. You’ll escape the crowds and interact with wildlife experts and researchers in the area, as well as visiting a sloth rescue program and La Selva Biological Preserve. The company has partnered with Carbon Fund and works to offset the carbon footprint of your trip.
Exploring the Riviera Maya
Mexico’s Riviera Maya is the ideal destination for anyone who loves immersing themselves in nature and is looking for a varied trip. Regardless of where you opt to stay, you’ll enjoy heading out on single or multi-day ecotours with Mexico Kan Tours, who hold a Safe Travels certification. Head to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, Mayan temples, or local cenotes on one of their trips. All of their tours are zero waste tours, and you’ll travel in a small group to create a lower impact. They support the local economy through their trips and encourage connecting with nature and supporting conservation.
Hiking in Colombia
Nuqui in Colombia is often overlooked by visitors to the country, who usually stay in Bogota, Cartagena, or Medellin. On this four-day adventure with Keteka, visitors will enjoy getting to know the local Afro-Colombian communities in this area. Every activity on your trip is organized and guided by local communities, and it gives back to local health and education projects.
An Eco-Conscious Patagonia Trip
Patagonia is known for its stunning scenery and unique vacations, and Blue Green Adventures offers fantastic ecotours in the area. They were the first company in the region to use estancia-based accommodation, which has been critical to local tourism and development in the area. The accommodation throughout the trip is family-run and supports the local community with your stay. Blue Green Adventures are working towards a Green Globe certification, showing their commitment to good environmental and social practices.
All of these exciting ecotours will make the perfect escape from reality. If you are looking for unique vacations following the recent challenging times we’ve all experienced, Latin America is one of the top regions in the world to visit.
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