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Parts of the world are focused on ecotourism

In recent years, the global travel industry has witnessed a significant shift towards more sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. This transformation has been driven by a growing awareness of the impact of traditional tourism on fragile ecosystems and local communities. While ecotourism can be found in various parts of the world, certain regions have emerged as leaders in promoting and practising this sustainable approach to travel.  Costa Rica

Nestled in the heart of Central America, Costa Rica has long been regarded as a pioneer in ecotourism. Situated in a tropical location with mountains, clouds forests, beaches innumerable, volcanoes, and rainforests, this small country attracts nature enthusiasts from around the globe. Almost 25% of the country is made up of national parks, wildlife reserves and protected lands.


Galápagos Islands

Located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands is very famous for their unique wildlife and role in shaping Charles Darwin's theory of evolution These islands are invaluable, so certain measures have been taken to protect it. These islands also include $100 conservation fee. You might have never heard this before, but The Galapagos Islands were the first place added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Bhutan

Bhutan is renowned for its commitment to Gross National Happiness, a holistic approach to development that prioritises the well-being of its citizens and the environment. Here’s an interesting fact for you, this country has been charging visitors a daily Sustainable Development Fee of $200 per day which is used in projects such as carbon footprint, organic farming etc. With strict regulations on visitor numbers and a focus on high-value, low-impact tourism, Bhutan offers a model for sustainable tourism that prioritises environmental prevention.


These regions represent just a few examples of destinations that are particularly focused on ecotourism, the movement towards sustainable travel is a global phenomenon. By choosing to support destinations that focus on environmental conservation, travellers can play a vital role in promoting eco-tourism. 


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