A growing concern for the environment and being more environmentally conscious has helped many of the worlds lesser known destinations hit the map in recent years. Instead of tourists, millions of travelers in search of new cultural experiences and areas of historical influence on the world have begun to lead the way in the travel industry.
In an effort to draw this new and growing group of travelers, areas worldwide have begun catering less to “popular” destinations such as theme parks, and have started offering tours promoting preservation and the importance of the ecology of an area.
An area which is taking advantage of this new trend and skyrocketing not only in sound ecological practices but in tourism is the country of Costa Rica. A recent study by Yale researching the world’s greenest countries put the following at the top of the list:
• Costa Rica
• New Zealand
Capitalizing on the growing need travelers have to feel like they are having a positive impact on an environment is illustrated well by one of Costa Rica’s top destinations for travel, The Jaguar Rescue Center. Travelers have the ability to get up close to some of the area’s most endangered or unique and even more common animals knowing that they are supporting an important resource in the area. The cost is inexpensive and the profits go to continuing to educate and rehabilitate area wildlife.
Another of Costa Rica’s growing areas of popularity is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Here, visitors have the opportunity to ride through the canopy of old growth forests on zip lines, ride ATV’s, tour mangroves, fish, bike, raft, horseback ride, view wildlife and a variety of ecosystems as well as surf, dive, swim and enjoy the best of the natural world in Costa Rica.
Eco-tourism continues to grow in popularity in Costa Rica offering new and exciting opportunities to enjoy the culture and beauty of this stunning part of the world. No longer does eco-friendly travel mean sleeping on a hammock in the woods. A new outlook on the importance of nature in travel as well as preservation has brought about a change in many aspects of travel including hotels which use less water, offer recycling, are constructed with reused materials and continue to provide luxury services.
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