Ecotourism Ideas

Ecotourism Ideas
Ecotourism is the best way to discover something new, make a positive effect on the local community and protect the natural environment all at the same time. Spend your days exploring and admiring your natural surroundings and caring for it, too. If you are not sure what to do for your next adventure, try one of these ecotourism ideas.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a lot to offer in ecotourism and is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. It has an abundance of exotic animals and natural scenery, including misty rain forests and black sandy beaches. It has eight biological reserves and several protected regions. Costa Rica is separated into 20 natural parks. Ecotourism ideas in Costa Rica include numerous ventures in the national parks, rivers, lakes, beaches, hot springs and forest with activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, canopy tours, horseback riding and aerial tram tours through the rain forest. Costa Rica has a large selection of eco-friendly accommodations throughout the country.

Costa Rica Tourism Board
East side of the Juan Pablo II Bridge
San Jose, Costa Rica 777-1000
(866) COSTA RICA
visitcostarica.com/ict/microsites/eco/index.html

Kenya

Kenya presents the traveler with glimpses into the lives of such magnificent animals as lions, zebras, black rhinos and elephants in their natural surroundings. The traditions and ways of life of Kenya's people are interesting and give you an understanding of a different culture. Kenya has 50 national parks and reserves and a variety of ecosystems in the assorted lakes, rain forests, deserts, mountains, beaches and coral reefs found there. Ecotourism ideas in Kenya include watching the migration of the wildebeests (July and August), going on a safari, exploring the coral reefs and observing endangered marine species, such as turtles and whales.

Kenya Tourist Board
Kenya-Re Towers, Ragati Road
P.O. Box 30360
00100 Nairobi, Kenya
011 (+254) 20 271 1262
magicalkenya.com/

Alaska

Alaska gives you the opportunity to spend your days in the wild and nights in a comfy bed with a variety of daytime outings and guide-led tours. Travelers who are more adventurous can spend all of their time in the wilderness of the endless backcountry hiking on glaciers, taking a dog-sled trek or exploring areas of total isolation and extraordinary surroundings. Alaska has 19 diverse regions listed as national parks, which include rivers, lakes, coastal areas, mountains, glaciers, fjords, Arctic foothills and tundra. Other ecotourism ideas in Alaska include camping, hiking, kayaking, boat tours, mountaineering, snowmobiling, fishing and rafting.

Alaska Travel Industry Association
2600 Cordova St., Suite 201
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
(800) 478-1255
travelalaska.com/Activities/Adventure/index.aspx

Article Written By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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