Hiking in Andorra Small, but mighty, ecotourism in Andorra often comes down to skiing and hiking. While most adventurers head to the landlocked tax haven between Spain and France to hit the slopes, experiencing hiking season in Andorra is incredibly rewarding. Between the valley trails, nature reserves, and designated ecotourism routes, a hiking holiday in Andorra is fit for anyone.
Soomaa National Park, Estonia Experiencing ecotourism in Estonia can mean many things to many people, but often the countrys impressive national parks are part of the equation. In particular, Soomaa National Park, which transforms into an ethereal place during the fifth season spring floods. Visiting during that time is an ecotourism experience that will stay with you for a very long time.
The Inspiring Landscapes of Scotlands Western Islands Looking for an ecotourism experience at the end of the earth? Head to Scotlands Western Islands, where the landscapes are dramatic and captivating, and the experiences available are about as remote as you can get in the UK. With renewable energies, sustainable mindsets, and ecotourism experiences aplenty, Scotlands Western Islands are an ideal setting for an
The Calm Beauty of Finlands Lapland An exceptionally eco-conscious country, Finland is a haven for ecotourism experiences, including its region of Lapland, one of Europes greatest unspoiled wildernesses. In the far north of Finland, beyond the Arctic Circle, sits one of the most peaceful landscapes you can find. In the land of the midnight sun and the Aurora Borealis, ecotourism in Finlands Lapland is a calm and impressive experience.
Slovenia: Alpine Ecotourism Slovenia is one of most pristine alpine ecotourism destinations in Europe. Under the yolk of communist Yugoslavia from World War II until the 1990s, Slovenia remained relatively undiscovered. Since Slovenia gained its independence at a time when ecology and conservation were already buzz words in the general lexicon, efforts were made from the onset to create a best-practices model for sustainable tourism. This green approach to tourism, as well as the unspoiled beauty of this alpine country, has lead Slovenia to win the EDEN award(European Destinations of Excellence) for three consecutive years, from 20082010.
Gabon A protected paradise Situated in central-west Africa, Gabon is a somewhat obscure but relatively prosperous and stable country with a wealth of biodiversity. More than 10 years ago, then-president Omar Bongo declared 10% of the country's landmass mostly covered in tropical forest a network of national parks. This move made Gabon a serious contender in eco-tourism, yet because of a lack of infrastructure, these 13 wondrous reserves are largely unknown. For those willing to wander into uncharted territory, incredible wildlife and landscapes await in Loango National Park on the country's western coast. From surfing hippos and humpback whales to coastal lagoons and expansive savannah, this park will stun any adventurous traveller. (Michael Nichols/National Geographic Stock).
Feathered bounty Gabon is a largely undiscovered, but spectacular destination for birding, with more than 300 species residing in its borders and more arriving periodically to breed along its shores. The country's national parks are an excellent place for birdwatchers and naturalists to observe a variety of exotic species at close range in an unspoiled setting. (Michael Nichols/National Geographic Stock).
Life in Zambias lush Luangwa Valley A valley of four parks Life in Zambias remote Luangwa Valley falls in step with the seasonal rhythms. For nearly half of the year, vegetation flourishes as the region is flooded with rain. But come the start of the dry season in May, the conditions are perfect for viewing the region's 60 animal species including buffalo (pictured), elephants, lions and hippos as they congregate around the available water sources. The 52,000sqkm valley is home to the North and South Luangwa Parks, Luambe Park and Lukusuzi Park. (Frans Lanting/National Geographic Stock).
Gorilla spotting in the Republic of Congo Parc National Nouabal-Ndoki When a team from National Geographic magazine called this northern corner of Congo the worlds last Eden in the mid-1990s, they chose their words wisely. The forest is known for its natural clearings in which elephants and gorillas gather, and the World Conservation Society (WCS) has built viewing platforms alongside these clearings where travellers can ogle the antics of Congolese megafauna.
Tanzanias Mahale Mountains National Park
In addition to being one of the best places in the world for up-close encounters with chimpanzees, Mahale Mountains National Park, nestled on the Lake Tanganyikan shoreline in western Tanzania, is absolutely stunning. Forested mountains cascade down to the lake shore, the mist-covered peak of Mount Nkungwe rises up in the background and crystal-clear waters teeming with fish lap against white sand coves.
Entering Malis Dogon World
World Heritage site in Africa Malis Dogon Country can feel like a deliciously African evocation of the remote. Dogon villages have no electricity. Nor are they linked by a single paved road. Dogon cosmology and the spiritual obligations it entails ranks among the most intricate of all African stories, layered with meaning and mystery. Its architecture, too, has an otherworldly quality, clinging to the Bandiagara Escarpment as if an extension of the rock itself. At the same time, the Dogon Country is no idyll of blissful isolation. The ancient walking trails that connect each Dogon village with the next are now frequented as much by tourists as by locals. The woodcarvings that stand at the centre of Dogon life and ceremonies are now valued as much for the money they can bring in as for their spiritual power. And the Dogon tell a joke, only half in jest: what does a typical Dogon family consist of? A mother, father, two children and a French anthropologist.
Kakadu National Park in Australia Kakadu National Park spans more than 110,000 square kilometres and is the largest national park in Australia. For the eco traveller touring Australia, this is a site not to miss. Filled with wetlands, aboriginal cave paintings, and an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, Kakadu is said to have six seasons in one year (including a monsoon period) during which its landscapes undergo stunning transformations.
Kakadu National Park
PELELIU ISLAND PELELIU ISLAND Complete your experience with one of the ecotourism site of Palauan Islands with an exciting and enlightening tour of Peleliu island, where one of the Pacific's bloodiest battles ever were fought.
KOKODA TRACK/KOKODA TRAIL KOKODA TRACK/KOKODA TRAIL is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. The track is the most famous in Papua New Guinea and is known for being the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942. Found in Papua New Guinea.
Cocos Island Cocos Island is a prime ecotourism destination in Costa Rica. A World Heritage Site, ranked among the top 77 nominees for the world's New 7 Wonders of Nature. Costa Rica is one of the key activities of the tourism industry in the country. By the early 1990s, Costa Rica became known as the poster child of ecotourism. The country is among many developing nations that look to ecotourism as a way of cashing in on the growing demand for this popular trend of travel. Ecotourism draws many tourists to visit the extensive national parks and protected areas around the country. Costa Rica was a pioneer in this type of tourism, and the country is recognized as one of the few with true ecotourism.
QUIRIGU The ruins of this small Mayan city include temples, rocks carved in the form of mythological animals and eleven large stone monuments inscribed with hieroglyphics, including the largest ever discovered in the Mayan world. The city flourished until the 10th century, when it was abandoned for unknown reasons, and the ruins are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Found in Guatemala.
La Redonda in Cuba La Redonda is one of the favorite natural attractions to visitors that choose their holidays to Cuba in the keys of northern central Cuba. This lake is located in the municipality of Moron, in the province of Ciego de Avila, the closest city to Key Coco and Key Guillermo, which is a tourist destination called Jardines del Rey. It is an ideal place for ecotourism, allowing human interaction with nature. An ecological boat tour through