Do you enjoy traveling? If you like visiting new places, undisturbed, and in their natural state, you may want to consider ecotourism.

Benefits of ecotourism

Ecotourism is full of adventure. It’s exciting for the eco-tourist and it’s financially beneficial for the local communities. It improves economy, preserves nature, and increases awareness among people about different cultures and places. It allows the tourists to witness nature in its undisturbed, pure natural form, while the local people get the chance to interact with people from different cultures and origins.

No matter what your purpose is for visiting a new place in any corner of the world, it always brings joy and thrills of the unknown to  discover new places of natural attraction. It allows you to discover the unknown while gaining knowledge about the world.

Below we will discuss five places around the world that you ought to visit as an eco-tourist. We’ll try to present information to help any eco-tourist make their adventure even more pleasurable.

1. Gansbaai

Gansbaai is a town in the Overberg region in the Western Cape of South Africa. Historically, it’s been a fishing village that has transformed itself to one of the most exciting and community led adventure hubs in South Africa.  Gansbaai is the Gold winner of the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards, 

2. Aruba

lakeAruba is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela. It’s famous for dry, sunny weather, and sandy beaches. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cool tropical cocktail, go for a deep sea scuba diving or shop around in the coastal city.

3. Bonito, Brazil

Bonito was voted as the “Best Destination for Responsible Tourism” at the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards. Bonito has a voucher system for tourists, which regulates the number of tourists entering the region, so that natural beauty remains intact. Among the natural treasures of Bonito are the pristine rivers, hundreds of waterfalls, a lush landscape and a diverse range of wildlife, which are significant tourist attractions.

4. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. With its 1,680 miles stretch, it’s easily the largest living thing on Earth. It’s also the only living thing on earth visible from outer space.  This massive underwater eco-system is a combination more than 900 islands and 2,900 reefs that are home to more than 215 species of birds, 1,500 species of fish, 30 species of dolphins and whales, and at least six species of sea turtles.

5. Grand Canyon, United States

grand canyonThe Grand Canyon in the United States is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and about 1 mile deep. Its walls are of immense geological significance because of the striking mosaic of colors. Erosional land formation around the Grand Canyon is also breathtaking. This could be a perfect spot for a family vacation, if you haven’t visited the Grand Canyon already.


Being an eco-tourist means being a responsible traveler. It doesn’t matter how near or far you travel; your goal should always be to gather knowledge and to preserve the nature. All types of tourism, from eco-tourism to mainstream should be organized and planned in a way that benefits preserves, and respects destinations and local people.

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Source: Institute of Ecolonomics

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