EnviroCitizen.org has found that ecotourism allows green travels to immerse themselves in a broad variety of different cultural and environmental experiences. For instance, instead of just experiencing wildlife without hunting them, ecotourism can also include getting involved in a certain type of agriculture. It all depends on the ecotourism location which a traveler wishes to visit. Internationally, there are an increasing number of places that are becoming popular ecotourism locations. Some of these include the following:
1. Africa: Swaziland and Kenya have become two of the most popular ecotourism hotspots. Their deserts, national parks, forest, traditional culture and rich wildlife make them a popular ecotourism location to visit. At the same time, these areas put huge pressure on the travel and tourism industry of the country to ensure that the recent increase in its tourism is sensitively and carefully managed.
2. Central America and the Caribbean: Some of the extremely popular ecotourism hotspots in the world are rainforest and beach areas found in countries like Belize, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. With the government's full support for its tourism industry as well as with the country's unmatched rainforest areas, mountain ranges, volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica has become one of the most visited ecotourism locations in the Americas.
3. Europe: Although historical sites and museums immediately come to mind whenever Europe is mentioned, European countries also offer lots of ecotourism options. Hiking and cycling holidays are especially hot in this continent.
4. North America: The extensive, beautiful but increasingly getting overcrowded national parks continue to convince visitors to visit North America. Among these, Canada and Alaska are growing in popularity. Going to some of the less popular but equally amazing and stunning parks actually spreads out the ecotourism impact more equally.
5. South America: Ecuador, Peru and Brazil are rich on ecotourism locations. Apart from Brazil's Amazon region, Ecuador's indigenous population and snow-capped volcanic mountains as well as Peru's Andes are a big hit to vacationers.
6. Southeast Asia: Thailand and Indonesia are the hottest destinations in this Asian region along with their mountain ranges and rainforests that contrast with stunning beaches. A growing number of eco-tourists and eco-vacationers are visiting countries like Laos, Nepal and Cambodia – although the garbage on the popular route towards Nepal's Mount Everest has been a big problem.
Regardless of the term, whether it is called ecotourism, nature tourism or even non-traditional tourism, the new green movement has become a growing and thriving industry. EnviroCitizen.org believes that it can provide great benefits for all those involved as well as the environment.