Eco tours, sometimes referred to as 'green adventures,' have been one
of the booming overseas adventure travel experiences over the last
couple of decades.
If you're looking for travel and adventure that's both ecologically
and socially responsible, then this "green" experience should be at the top of
your list. Not only will you see well-preserved flora and fauna,
your visit will directly benefit the local peoples.
Do be careful when choosing an operator for this popular activity because some are
known to be guilty of what is referred to as 'greenwashing,' which
is using the popular 'eco tour' label to attract business, but not
living up to the standard.
Here's a definition from The International
Ecotourism Society that can help you decide if the choices you're
considering are 'green' or 'greenwashers': 'Responsible travel to
natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the
well-being of local people.'
This natural experience is a lot of fun and a great way to learn about
interesting places and peoples around the world. It's a
win-win-win proposition for you and the local people and everything
in the local environment.
This is a nature-friendly soft adventure travel experience that anyone can
enjoy. It's really one of the great family adventures, and you can
find excellent tours all over the world.
There's really not much risk aside from the dangers inherent in the
local environment you choose to explore. If you're simply riding on
a boat while a guide points out the interesting things that surround
you, you won't encounter much risk.
However, if you're canoeing on a river in Pantanal, Brazil, you
might want to refrain from dangling a foot in the water to cool off.
A caiman might see it as an appetizer.
Keep in mind that you can get out in the sticks far away from
civilization for some tours, and Mother Nature doesn't guarantee
your safety. Stuff happens out in wild places, so there is some
uncontrolled risk involved.
As mentioned before, eco tours are generally a pretty easy soft
adventure activity. With that being said, there are exceptions that
will tax your body when you have to reach inaccessible places and/or
engage in activities like canoeing or trekking long distances.
There generally isn't much skill involved if you do what so many
others do by hiring a skilled guide. All you'll
need to do is follow their instruction. So the good news is that eco
tours are something that can be enjoyed by all.
When it comes to adventure travel, it's all about the experience,
and this one offers some of the best experiences out there,
especially when exotic wildlife is involved.
You'll see pristine environments and unsoiled lands and meets
Imagine being in a lush, dim rainforest surrounded by exotic plants,
rolling rivers and unfamiliar noises that seem to come from every
direction. It can be a little spooky at times, but always exciting
as you discover strange creatures and plants while a local guide
shares with you the mysteries of a natural Shangri-la.
That's just one of many environments to choose from. You
may want to check out a marine environment or one up in the frozen