There is no dearth of exciting travel destinations around the world, however environmentally friendly people always find it better to visit places that help them connect with nature in a greener way. If you are one of those who are fascinated by lush green jungles, coral reefs or savannas, read on for some of the most favored eco tourism destinations around the world.
The Republic of Palau is one of the only few places in the world where the natural environment hasn’t been effected by the global environmental degradation. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island country features some of the best diving locations, with crystal clear sea featuring more than 500 species of coral among a rich marine ecosystem. The most populous islands here are Angaur, Babeldaob, Koror and Peleliu.
If you’re interested in witnessing the vastness of life forms and biodiversity, the Amazonian Rainforest is the place to be. With over 1.4 billion acres of land covered by dense rainforest, the Amazon represents over half of our planet’s remaining rainforests and is the largest and the most species-rich tropical rainforest in the entire world. With a store of natural resources, the rainforest produces about 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. The naturally dense area features hundreds of species of animals, plants, reptiles, making it one of the most interesting locations in the world for green travelers.
The famous fjords of Norway provide an exceptional example of eco tourism to attract green travelers from around the world. The fjords have the best of everything, ranging from snow-laden peaks to cascading waterfalls among a rich diversity of wildlife. The area’s natural environment is protected by several government regulations, to ensure visitors get a taste of nature in its pristine form. As a visitor you can go for hiking or biking on the rugged terrain, while enjoying clean air and lush green valleys.
Often referred to as “God’s own country” by the Indian government, Kerala is one of the smallest states of India, but one of the most beautiful when considering its dense forests and crystal clear beaches. The area is house to 25 percent of the plant species found in India among hundreds of unique animal species. The state also houses the Rajamala National park, which serves as a safe house for a variety of endangered animals. Spending a few days in Kerala won’t only bring you closer to nature, but also encourage you to take care of the environment.
For many in the world, eco tourism is synonymous with Costa Rica and rightly so as the region is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world with 20 natural parks, eight biological reserves and a lot of protected areas to safeguard natural life. If you’re interested in witnessing sea turtle nestling and check out protected species such as crocodiles, manatees, pack your bags right now and head over to Costa Rica.[All images used in the article are from Wikipedia licensed under Creative Commons]