An iguana suns itself along
Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
or geotourism, is today the fastest growing sector of the tourism
industry which annually attracts amateur naturalists, ecologists,
or nature lovers around the world who want to learn more about
the planet's most ecologically diverse regions.
With an awareness
of the environment,
green living, and conservation,
American ecotourists are by far the most avid worldwide, followed
by enthusiasts in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia.
not only provides an opportunity to learn more about the environment.
It also offers the chance to experience first-hand an exotic and
often mind-blowing look at Earth's diverse beauty.
is a big part of ecotourism, as well, with programs developed
for travelers to become more involved and lend a hand in reforesting
national parks or to track endangered wildlife.
global ecotourism spots include jungle or rainforest habitats
in Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica and Honduras, as well as spectacularly
still-unspoiled landscapes in North America, Europe, Ireland,
China and India.
To truly appreciate
the experience, travelers should have a highly developed respect
for nature and the environment,
experts. This is due to the fact that a number of travel
tour operators may create tourist conclaves in
the name of ecotourism that actually harm rather than enhance
the surrounding ecosystem.
Before you decide on a travel package, it's always a good ideas to search
the Web for information or forum discussions on a particular tour's reputation and accreditation.
Ecotourism certification programs already have been enacted in such places as Costa
Rica, Australia and Kenya,
with hopes that a single international accreditation program will someday govern the ecotourism industry worldwide.
More about ecotourism & nature travel around the Web:
International Ecotourism Society - Resources for travel operators as well as ecotourists with an extensive database of ecotours & lodging worldwide searchable by country.
Rainforest Alliance - Sustainable Tourism - Expert travel tips for making an ecotour more rewarding, with a listing of approved sustainable tourism businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, and related SmartGuide publication downloadable in PDF format.