Ecotourism has gone mainstream and there are a large number of international success stories. Responsible travelers and enlightened business practices are changing the $5 trillion global tourism industry by empowering countries, businesses and people to protect the planet.
The Amazon River is the largest river in the world with up to 30% of the world’s fresh water flows through the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin is home to over twenty million people and is undoubtedly the world’s most bio-diverse destinations. It is home to numerous species of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. The Amazon Basin has over four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, helping to stabilize global climate.
The island of Palau, located in the western Pacific Ocean, and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost diving destinations. In the crystal-clear ocean just off the coast is a colorful underwater eco-wonderland, featuring more than 500 species of coral housing 1,500 species of fish. On land, travelers can wander along unspoiled beaches or go trekking through lush bio-rich jungles.
Costa Rica is global leader when it comes to “ecotourism,” and for good reason. Misty mountains with cloud forests, white, gold and black sand beaches, volcanoes, thick rain forests and rushing rivers offer adventure travelers diverse eco-experiences. With 5% of the world’s bio-diversity, the stunning array of wildlife includes monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, sea turtles, poison arrow frogs and the rare and illusive jaguar.
Kenya is best known for its wide savannas busting wildlife with lions and elephants. It also has stunning mountains, lakes, rain forests, deserts and beaches, with all unique ecosystem and wildlife. Kenya’s incredible natural diversity is protected in some 50 national parks and reserves across the country. From the virgin rain forests to the mega migrating herds on the savanna, Kenya is a mecca eco-destination.
Wild untouched jungles, majestic mountains and a massive display of unique wildlife greet you in the remote island of Borneo. The sense of adventure and excitement is almost overwhelming on this lush tropical island. The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are among the most biologically diverse and intense eco-regions on Earth, with staggeringly high numbers of distinctive plants and wildlife. The dense rain forests, towering mountains and bubbling hot springs add to the mystery. For eco-adventurers this place is an untouched ecological haven like no other place on the planet.