Top 10 Ecotourism Destinations for 2017

At present, Eco-tourism is becoming one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry. Its conception is comparatively new. To many people, it’s just nothing more than fancy marketing but its slogan is something that makes it very fascinating in this world where we are facing global warming, greenhouse effect, natural disasters and environment pollution. The main focus of ecotourism is on environmental substantial and cultural heritage.

Regrettably, Ecotourism is not so friendly to the ecosystem. In order to make ecotourism lucrative, the authority often priories marketing and do not take proper care to the Eco-friendly environment.  Here is our list of top 10 ecotourism destinations for 2017.

10 Ecotourism Destinations for 2017:

10. Costa Rica

Top 10 Ecotourism Destinations for 2016, Costa Rica
Costa Rica | image credit – Pixabay/johnbigdeal

Costa Rica is often considered a pioneer in Ecotourism Destinations.  It’s incredibly rich biodiversity, flora and fauna and natural resources make it an automatic choice for ecotourism hotspots. Since 1980, it has become popular for tourism and its well-established system of national parks and protected areas help to make it one of the top ecotourism hotspots in the world. As a Central American country, Costa Rica is gifted with many natural resources like lush mountain ecosystems and its “cloud forests”, abundant wildlife and some world famous beaches.

You can reach one destination to another in a very short time. You can visit some exotic active volcanoes in a safe distance. It is among the few countries that truly treasures the natural resources of its own. Almost 24 percent of its area is protected.

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9. Laos

Laos, ecotourism hotspots
Laos | image credit – Wikimedia/Aleksey Gnilenkov

Unspoiled by the modern demands and stress, Laos is one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. Although it was not very well-known in the past, it has become one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world. Nowadays around 100000 visitors pay visit to this one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Since the slogan of ecotourism has been spread, it becomes one of the targeted areas for the nature lovers.

But the quick development of the industry is responsible for environmental damages as well as natural beauties. Luang Namtha, the northernmost province in Laos, is the place where local villagers depend on their tourist. It is the most exciting tours of Laos, offering trekking and rafting tours through the extensive bio diverse area.  It is one of the best ecotourism hotspots in the world.

8. Cambodia

Cambodia, ecotourism parks
Cambodia | image credit – Wikimedia/Dtfman

Cambodia is one of the promising countries for tourism. Yet a lot to discover, tourism is the second most important in Cambodia. A long time strife and violence has overshadowed the incredible possibility of tourism. Along with beautiful architectures and relics, it has a vast amount of natural resources. No wonder why they call it “Kingdom of Wonder”. The most attractive natural attraction is Koh Kong, the southern west province of the country.

Part of the Cardamom Mountains is in this area and it boasts one of the largest forests in Southeast Asia. There are some of the untouched beaches you must enjoy. The laidback nature of the beaches attracts many tourists who seek a quiet and calm environment. , Botum Sakor National Park is one of the largest ecotourism parks in the world. Another mind blowing thing to see is the Tatai River. It is a beautiful country indeed.

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7. Greenland

Greenland, ecotourism hotspots
Greenland | image credit – Wikimedia/Woodwalker

The beauty of Greenland is beyond description. It earns the reputation of Lonely Planet’s top travel destinations for 2017. The country’s frozen landscape gives a pristine beauty. But Greenland draws attention lately for much of its frozen landscape seems to be melting at an alarming rate. It might be a better decision to visit Greenland before its beauty wane. Greenland tourism industry is new and it tries to grasp every opportunity they have and preserve the natural beauty as possible.

Some of the best activities in Greenland are hiking along glaciers, dog-sledging and whale-watching. The tourism industry of Greenland is trying to make the country as one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world. The initiate they try to take to make Greenland eco-friendly is the small-group excursion takes adventurers to a carbon-neutral expedition camp at the eastern edge of Greenland’s ice sheet.

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6. Norway

Norway, ecotourism parks
Norway | image credit – Pixabay/ioa8320

While many developed countries talk about eco-tourism and environment preservation, mainly they are responsible for global warming and greenhouse effect. But Scandinavian country of Norway is quite an exception. Their main focus is to make the country one of the finest and perfect ecotourism destinations. Norway is gifted with natural beauties like fjord-indented coastline and mountains, lakes, sky resorts and woods. It’s intention for pushing toward green tourism is praised worldwide.

A great portion of Norway remains unspoiled and so it is a wonderful place to go for hikers and skiers. Norway’s rigid environmental regulations make it possible to maintain an unspoiled and pristine landscape and the country has become a role model to the others. Norway’s peaceful nature will attract you all the time. Apart from rich natural resources, Norway has a rich cultural and historical background. Norway is one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world.

5. Botswana

Botswana, ecotourism hotspots
Botswana | image credit – Pixabay/hbieser

When it comes to African tourism, Botswana is the place you like to visit. There are few places that can provide such a variety of natural resources like Botswana. Botswana is bordered by South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia and it is simple enough to understand why you should visit this country. It is one of the best ecotourism parks in the world. Although it is a little overshadowed by Kenya, Botswana has its unique charm.

The reason it is one of the best ecotourism destinations is its game reserves, with hunting and photographic safaris. The Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta covers 70% of the country. It is also the place of one of seventh places of the natural wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Site. No wonder why it is one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world.

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4. Maldives

Maldives, ecotourism parks
Maldives | image credit – Wikimedia/Taj Hotels

The beauty of Maldives can’t be described in words and it is undoubtedly one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. Located in the Indian Ocean, the country is a chain of twenty six atolls and now gravely endangered by rising sea. Although the government and the locals try their best to preserve the natural beauty of the country but it is not solely in their hand to preserve. The archipelago of the Maldives is the main source of the ecotourism destinations of the country.

Its green island especially the beaches with crystal blue waters make it one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world. The white sand beaches, surfing and scuba diving are very popular in this area. The amazing news about Maldives is that its government has announced to make the country carbon neutral by 2019.

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3. Seychelles

Seychelles, ecotourism hotspots
Seychelles | image credit – Flickr/Jean-Marie Hullot

Located off the east coast of the African continent, the Seychelles is a 115-island country and one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. Tourism is one of the major sources of income and about 15 percent of the total population is directly or indirectly connected to the tourism. The main attractions of this country are its coral beaches and unique ecosystems that hold diverse plants and animals, some of which live on only 1 or 2 islands.

No wonder why it is one of the major ecotourism hotspots in the world. The stunning beaches and pristine blue seas with a laid back nature make it one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. The most popular islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Its coral atoll Aldabra and Vallée de Mai are designated as UNESCO World heritage site. It is one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world.

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2. Kenya

Kenya, ecotourism parks
Kenya | image credit – Wikimedia/George Lamson

Kenya is undoubtedly one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. Tourism is the second largest source of foreign exchange revenue. Its main tourist attractions are photo safaris through the 19 national parks and game reserves. Other attractions are the coffee plantations at Thika, the famous scenery of the Great Rift Valley, a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro across the border into Tanzania and the superb beaches along the Indian Ocean. It is one of the best ecotourism parks in the world.  Kenya is best known for its savannas. You can visit safaris as well as coral reefs on the coast. It is one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world.

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1. New Zealand

New Zealand, ecotourism hotspots
New Zealand | image credit – Wikimedia/James Shook

New Zealand with its clean green image, adventure, culture and scenery is one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. Travelers who seek the wild, untamed nature and thrilling adventure will always prefer this country. New Zealand’s tourism is solely dependent on its natural environment. New Zealand government has taken firm step to protect its natural assets and become one of the first carbon neutral countries. It also markets itself as a “clean, green” playground adventures for adventurers.

There is no doubt why it is one of the top ecotourism destinations in the world. The most frequently visited spots of New Zealand are Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park or the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It is one of the best ecotourism hot-spots in the world.

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