There are some amazing experiences to be had in this world. From the adventurous to the weird and everything in between, there is so much to be explored. However, in our quest to explore and know more about the ecosystems around us, we are unknowingly destroying some really beautiful experiences.
It is only in recent years that we have recognized the need to preserve ecosystems. An ecosystem does not necessarily comprise of flora and fauna in a region. It also comprises of the people, their traditions, their customs etc. Adoption of sustainable practices to protect ecosystems is what eco tourism is all about.
Eco-tours always make for an intimate experience. If you are interested in intimate travel, here are top 10 eco-tours in the world that are worth exploring.
1. Borneo- The rainforest of Borneo Island is believed to be about 130 million years old. Add to it about 330 species of flora and 221 species of wild animals and you have a treasure trove of nature on your hands. That’s what makes Borneo one of the hottest destinations in the world. There is a whole array of marine life to be explored in this fascinating island. Just keep your eyes open for the rarest sea turtles when go diving in the waters of Borneo.
2. The Blue Mountains- The Blue Mountains are situated very close to the city of Sydney. However, this region of Australia is very different from the concrete jungle of the cities. To start with, The Blue Mountains is home to about 400 different species of animals, which include the rare Koala bears, Long Nosed Potoroo and so much more. Add to it the rugged terrain and opportunities for hiking and you have a great eco-tour on your hands.
3. Alaska- About 16,000 square miles of land in Alaska is covered with glacier ice. That’s what leads to jaw dropping temperatures here at most times of the year. That’s also what makes it home to rare species of flora and fauna, and also winter sporting activities. It does not end at that. There are about 3 million stunning lakes in Alaska, opportunities for trekking etc. Just take a trip to Alaska and explore the endless opportunities that exist there.
4. Kerala- Nestled between Lakshadweep Islands and the Western Ghats is the beautiful Indian state of Kerala. It is home to about 25% of India’s floral species. Add to that about 100 species of wild animals, 500 species of birds and you have a real treasure on your hands. However, it does end at that. Kerala is one of the few destinations in the world which has preserved its years old cultural heritage beautifully. During a Kerala tour, do not miss out on the authentic Ayurveda massages, the beautiful traditional dances, and of course, the natural beauty of Kerala.
5. The Galapagos Islands- The Galapagos Islands played a vital role in formulating Darwin’s theory of evolution. That should tell you a lot about the islands. They are actually a group of volcanic islands that are inhabited by some rare species of bird, animal life, and marine life. Galapagos Islands have been recognized as one of the best spots for diving around the world. The ecosystem of the region has been under threat for long. However, in the past few years, efforts have been to preserve the rich natural beauty of the place.
6.Kenya- Kenya is known for its wildlife safaris the world over. It is also home to several high peaks of the African continent, making it ideal for trekking and mountain climbing adventures. You could spend days exploring the natural wealth of the region and still not get tired. It is amazing eco-tourism destination, with the Maasai Mara and the Nakuru National Park being the highlights of it.
7. Andaman and Nicobar- Evergreen forests, azure waters, and hardly any population- what more could you want for an exciting adventure! Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a small part of India, but an exciting eco tourism destination nevertheless. There are about 200 different species of flora found in the islands, apart from a whole array of marine life to be explored. The low population density of the region means that most of the natural treasure has been well preserved.
8. Botswana- A landlocked African nation, Botswana has beautiful deserts, deltas, grasslands, savannas…the list is endless. Almost every terrain that you can think of is there in this country. That’s what gives it diverse wildlife and an opportunity to travelers to go explore the wonders of nature. Alarms have been raised in the past about the declining ecological balance here. However, efforts have been made to protect the natural ecosystem of the place, with sustainable tourism and travel.
9.The Coral Bay, Australia- One of the best places to see white sharks and manta rays is the Coral Bay in Australia. It is also well known for its many diving and snorkeling sites, the Ningaloo Reef being the best of the lot. The rich marine life of the region just makes it an awe-inspiring travel experience. Visit the region between the months of June and October and you could spot some humpback whales too.
10.Belize- About 60% land of Belize is covered with thick forests. As a traveler, you can well imagine the possibilities that stat presents. This small Central American country packs a punch when it comes to natural beauty. The highlight of Belize is the Belize Barrier Reef, which is second only to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.