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Eco tourism

Actually, the whole of this site is about eco-tourism, but here are some general sites on providing eco tourist holidays that cannot be classified elsewhere.

  • A Closer Look -travel that gives back to the local community by treading lightly on or enhancing the natural environment, making real connections with people in local communities, learning about other cultures and beliefs, and/or volunteering in local communities around the world. 
  • Coastal Revelations -customized eco tours, walking and hiking nature tours of Vancouver Island's old growth rainforests of big trees that aim to give you a deeper understanding of the natural environment.
  • Discovery Initiative -an Award winning nature travel company who pioneered responsible travel through partnerships with international and local wildlife and community conservation initiatives.
  • Ecoescape -a green travel guide and online directory of environmentally friendly places to stay and visit in the UK and Ireland -browse by geographic region.
  • EcoTour Directory -an online listing of eco tors and eco lodges plus articles and discussion forum.
  • Ecotourismo latino -ecotourism guide to natural protected areas in Latin America.
  • Ethical Escape -holidays for those who want to travel with a light touch -they have an extensive directory of ecolodges organised by country
  • Gecko's adventures -an Australian owned company offering grassroots adventure travel for younger travellers, using local transport and staying in locally owned accomodation.
  • Good Travel Company -holiday company promoting sustainable travel -site has a directory of eco hotels around the world.
  • Go Differently -founded by Nicky Bond, Go Differently offer small group and tailor-made ethical holidays, voluntourism tours and volunteering trips in South East Asia based on the appreciation and respect of the local environment and people.
  • Ikiam -ecotourism adventure staying with the Shiwiar Tribe in the Amazonian region of Ecuador -they aim to defend the territory from oil exploration and preserve the huge natural biodiversity found in this region.
  • Natural Discovery -specialise in sustainable short breaks and holidays in the United Kingdom.
  • Responsible Tourism Awards -nominated by travellers, the awards aim to recognise individuals, companies and organisations in the travel industry that have made a significant commitment to the culture and economies of local communities and are providing a positive contribution to biodiversity conservation.
  • Responsible Travel -on-line travel agent -based in Brighton for travellers who want more real and authentic holidays that also benefit the environment and local people
  • Symbiosis Travel -specialists in tailor made small group responsible travel in South east Asia.
  • Tourism Concern -campaigning organisation for responsible global travel.
  • Travel Foundation -works with the tourism industry to develop solutions to help protect holiday destinations and help tourism to make a positive contribution.
  • Travelroots -aims to provide responsible ecotourism holidays to destinations around the world where all their holidays contribute positively to the areas in which they work.
  • Tribes -award-winning travel company offering quality holidays and safaris run on fair trade and responsible travel principles.
  • Vegetarian Vacations -directory of tours, holidays, courses and guest houses with 100% vegetarian or vegan food.
  • World Surface -sustainable tourism for backpackers and independant travellers.

  • Bespoke Experience -fair trade tourism on a tropical beach at Guludo in Mozambique.
  • Eco San Miguel -ecotourism project offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of local people in San Miguel, Ecuador, and to visit the nearby Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.
  • International Ecotourism Society -the largest and oldest ecotourism organization in the world dedicated to generating and disseminating information about ecotourism.
  • People and Planet -global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. It is published by Planet 21, an independent non-profit company and a registered British charity recognised by the United Nations, and has a good guide to the issues of eco-tourism.
  • Piedra Blanca Ecotourism Project -community-run ecotourism project run by local people near San Luis de Pombil providing off the beaten track adventure eco-tours in rural Ecuador:
  • Planeta -Ron Mader's global journal of practical ecotourism .

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The Ethical Travel Guide: Your Passport to Exciting Alternative Holidays
Polly Pattullo
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Ecotourism: An Introduction
David A. Fennell
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