Traveling has always been so magical. You see the world, visit extraordinary places, meet new people and experience different cultures. In every destination, there are so many types of tourism being offered. However, nowadays, more and more people are choosing ecotourism for its positive effects on the community and the environment.
What is ecotourism?
Ecotourism is a type of tourism that focuses on the environment and its inhabitants. It involves eco-friendly travel to improve awareness and to educate travelers about the local environment.
According to Global Ecotourism Network, Ecotourism is defined as “Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and creates knowledge and understanding through interpretation and education of all involved: visitors, staff and the visited”.
With eco-friendly travel, you see, feel and live the utmost experiences of culture while contributing to the betterment of society and the environment.
There are many ecotours in the world. In this article, we will introduce three diverse and unique ecotours that will give you a mind-blowing experience.
Food Tour: Tradition & Gastronomy- Galicia, Spain
Galicia is a unique region with its unique language and culture. With deep, green valleys and medieval monasteries, wineries, and stone villages. There are plenty of things to see and do in Galicia.
Believe it or not, Galicia is known for its spectacular summer. The best time to visit Galicia is sometime between June to September. Galicia is an exuberant beauty and has some of the best seafood in the world!
Rooteiro offers a unique food tour that oversees the gastronomical Galician tradition and cuisine. Rooteiro is Green Tourism certified as a sustainable travel company. In this tour, you will be brought to authentic places where food and rich wine are prepared traditionally!
Taste local products such as the famous Galician octopus with potatoes, baby cuttlefish, chestnut-filled pork loin, and homemade rooster. Every corner of the country is worth exploring the cultural heritage, natural landscapes, and tasty Galician food. Plus, consuming these delicious Galician cuisines takes into account the local producers to boost Galicia’s economy!
Dharavi Slum Tours- Mumbai, India
Dharavi is an industrial center located in the heart of Mumbai. With over a million residents, full of temples and shops. Slums like Dharavi are known in Mumbai.
The best to visit Dharavi is from December to February. For many travelers, Dharavi is the place to see the immense number of people living in squalor to take a glimpse to learn about the ethical reality and daily life struggle of the locals.
Reality & Tours Travel has received numerous awards over the years. Some include the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards in 2018 and the To Do! Socially Responsible Tourism Award in 2014. Also, 80% of the profits from each tour go back into the community! Talk about an eye-opening sustainable trip!
Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour- Amazon, Peru
The Amazon is home to about half of the Earth’s remaining rainforest. This area stretches through the greater part of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and a small area of Venezuela. Peru’s Amazon rainforest is smaller than Brazil’s. Making it more forgiving and personal.
With over 38,000 plant species, 3,000 fish, 1,500 bird species, 370 reptiles, and 20,000 different types of animals, Rainforest Expeditions offers a great 7-day Amazon Wildlife Photo Tour to study and capture the Peruvian’s diverse, eco-friendly, and unique wildlife.
The perfect time to visit the Tambopata region depends on your preference. For example, the dry season lasts from May to October. There are some advantages to visiting during this period, such as fewer muddy trails and less activity on the clay licks. However, it can also be a challenge to find suitable habitats for birds and other animals compared to wetter seasons.
Rainforest Expeditions are using sustainable tourism award winning accommodations on their tours. Among them are the World Travel Award 2020, the CANATUR PERU National Tourism Award 2020, and World’s Responsible Tourism Award 2020. Plus, funds are directly contributed to Wired Amazon and the National Reserve of Tambopata to protect the Peruvian Amazon’s wildlife.
These three unique ecotours promote sustainable travel, and are designed to minimize the negative effects of tourism on the environment. It also promotes social, cultural integrity, and an integral part of the development of local economies is through sustainable travel.For the sake of culture, learning, and sustainability, why don’t you find an interesting ecotour for your next sustainable trip? Try a unique ecotour and pick a sustainable travel company on your next travel!
Would you like to know more about eco-friendly travel?
To receive inspiration direct to your email inbox, please click here and subscribe to the Ecotourism World newsletter!