How to be an ecotourist?
Ecotourism refers to a specific type of travel that focuses on conservation and the preservation of communities and ecologies, this is how to be an ecotourist.
The goal of being an ecotourist is to ensure that the natural world is preserved and kept intact.
That is why in this blog we will see some key points to consider when practicing a more sustainable tourism.
1. use local guides
The ideal and best case scenario is to book tours or activities with small companies that employ local staff as guides.
One thing about seeing places with local guides is that you get a more in-depth experience, as these people have a more intimate perspective of the area.
They can also bring you to off-the-beaten-path spots you wouldn’t have known otherwise and offer personal suggestions on how to get the most out of your trip.
Tour or travel companies that employ local staff usually work on projects that give back to the community. They are a good example of what to look for in ethical tourism companies.
2. staying at eco-lodges
Ecolodges are located in ecologically important natural sites and have conservation programs. They promote ethical employment generation practices that contribute to the local economy.
In addition, they have technology that reduces energy consumption and achieve better waste management.
The best ecolodges guarantee that your accommodation is consistent with the natural environment and local communities, as well as incredible cultural experiences so that you can get to know the area in a better way.
3. MAKING SURE THAT THE ECOTOURISM PROJECT IS HONEST
It is very common to see organizations market their products as ethical and environmentally friendly to attract people who want to have a positive impact, when in reality they are doing the least to support the environment. This is known as “greenwashing.”
Ecolodges must have detailed information about their environmental efforts and are sometimes endorsed by a green label.
To avoid falling victim to greenwashing, make sure the organization is transparent about its operations.
If you have any doubts, read reviews or contact them directly.
4. Respect wildlife and enviroment
Respect wildlife and the environment
When visiting places with abundant wildlife, it is important to stick to designated trails, dispose of trash responsibly, leave everything as you found it, and only take photos.
¨Leave nothing but footprints¨
It is very important to respect wildlife, observe it from a safe distance and do not attempt to feed it.
5. Choose Ecotourism DESTINATIONS
Ecotourism aims to offer tourists an insight into the impact of humans on the environment and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.
It is often associated with somewhere particularly biodiverse and tropical, but in reality it can be found all over the world.
One of the easiest ways to be an ecotourist is to visit a destination known for its ecotourism initiatives.