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5 best destinations for ecological travel

What is Eco Travel? Sure, we may think we understand what environmental travel is, but, is it true? The first thought that comes to mind is that ecological travel or ecotourism is primarily concerned with conserving natural destinations through minimally invasive travel, thus preserving the natural beauty for future generations.

While this is certainly true, in other respects ecological travel is virtually indistinguishable and virtually intertwined with ethical tourism. Ethical tourism actually rewards or punishes countries by promoting or hindering tourism income, depending on whether countries succumb beyond beliefs of right or wrong. This list will address primarily the most intriguing places according to biodiversity and culture.

Palau

Palau is a sovereign island nation that is considered a US protectorate. Located in the westernmost corner of Micronesia, it is closer to the Philippine island of Mindanao than to other inhabited islands in the Micronesian chain.

The Palauci are proud of their island and their culture. The inner dense jungle is preserved, while many reefs surrounding the island are off-limits to fishing to ensure a healthy marine population.

While very remote Palau is served by direct flights from Manila and Guam, modern amenities are readily available, making it one of the best destinations for environmental travelers who really don’t want to rudely handle it.

Batanes, Philippines

The smallest and least populated province of the Philippine archipelago, it bears little resemblance to the rest of the Philippines. No commercialism, no fast food, no little modern conveniences. Batanes is a living time capsule that seems to have disappeared from the planet.

This group of ten islands, located in the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the main Philippine island of Luzon, has been continuously inhabited by Iwatans for over 4,000 years. The smallest and least populated of the Philippine provinces selling land in Batanes is illegal. The land is transferred to one landowner’s next of kin after it has passed. Ivatans mostly work either in agriculture or in fishing. Their traditional stone and thatched roof designs seem more appropriate for a medieval Gaelic village than for the ancient Pacific people. In winter, temperatures can reach a brisk 7 degrees Celsius, virtually unknown to the rest of the country. This place is very remote, with few modern amenities, so travel insurance is recommended here.

Amazon rainforest, Brazil

Often ignored by eco-tourism countries that adhere to ethical tourism principles because of the incessant damage caused by rainforests, the Amazon is still the world’s only rainforest. Sometimes referred to as the “lungs of the world,” the Amazon still has no equal in biodiversity and different cultures with limited exposure to the modern world. Due to the high crime rate and remote locations travel insurance is necessary here.

Costa Rica

Usually this Central American country ranks first among the best environmental tourism destinations due to its excellent biodiversity and official commitment to conservation. However, culturally it has become a haven for the retirement of Westerners, and due to non-existent laws concerning prostitution, is also a popular place for sex tourism. A vibrant party and ready access to modern amenities make Costa Rica a rarity among eco-friendly tourist destinations.

Kenya

This African nation has long been a favorite of eco-travelers. A long-standing commitment to conservation combined with huge biodiversity attracts many Safari customers armed with cameras and DVRs. The great migration that takes place during the dry season is a must visit for those who travel on ecological trips. Travel insurance is recommended.

Because eco-travel usually involves travel to the most remote places in the world, comprehensive travel insurance is recommended. If we want to protect and preserve natural areas, it makes sense to start by protecting ourselves. Minimizing the risk of accidents and avoiding unexpected financial costs is essential for every environmental traveler.