The Argument for Eco-tourism

World Wide Ecolodges, an environmentally-friendly tour company, has
a page on their website defining ecolodges and
ecotels, and while they’re at it, providing a very compelling explanation of what eco-tourism is all about.

In ecologically sensitive areas like rainforests or coral reefs, eco-tourism preserves habitats or land that would
otherwise be used for forestry, fishing, mining or other destructive development. Eco-tourists help make it
economically viable for tour companies to buy and build on these lands. Good eco-tourism also contributes to the native
economy, employing locals to contribute traditional skills like guiding, cooking, and crafting.

“Ecotravel is mindful travel—environmentally sensitive, culturally aware, and personally fulfilling.” It isn’t,
however, always luxurious. Eco-tourism can be basic; in the
Amazon, for example, you’re likely to
stay in pretty basic, though new, dwellings. While you may have your own bathroom, it’s likely to be cold-water
only. In Costa Rica, World Wide Ecolodges runs a remote
tent camp. In more touristed
destinations like Mexico, though, it can be downright plush.

Because eco-tourism is environmentally based, it tends to be be centered around some pretty amazing territories,
offering some of the world’s best hiking, mountain biking, climbing camping, and scuba diving, depending on location.
From volcanos to rainforests to beaches, ecotravel can take you to some of the most amazing places on earth, and help
keep them that way.