There are a lot of fads that stick the “eco” prefix on a word and spin it as the next great idea. However, eco-tourism is actually one of the next great ideas in travel, especially for families. Vacations that offer an educational experience and give families a chance to unplug and reconnect are what every mom is looking for. Eco-tourism is that vacation experience.
Eco-tourism aims to bring travelers into a bold and exciting habitat while maintaining the environmental integrity of the area. Eco-tourism sites provide the vacationer with the experience of the natural world and information on how to sustain it. For the scientist in your family, eco-tourism provides a new way to think about weather and water, flora and fauna. The family historian will have a chance to trace the political, cultural, and economic lines that shaped some of the most impressive nature preserves in the world. And for the cardio-junkie? Hike the landscape!
The jungles of Central and South America are home to many eco-tourist destinations, as well as the tropical paradises of South East Asia. Many rain forest areas draw eco-tourists because of the amazing biodiversity. The lush mountains of Belize make a great eco-trip, especially if you find a luxurious vacation home rental.
If this is your first eco-vacation, have no fear. Plenty of resort amenities are also at your fingertips. A welcoming staff will tend to your needs; a cook and housekeeper are provided. Relax poolside and sip cocktails after a long day of backpacking through the jungle. The staff is more than happy to set up your tours.
If you like your flora a little more civilized, the nearby botanical gardens are a nice first step into the forest. Or if civilized is the key to your trip, check out ruins from some of the early Mayan civilizations. The ruins at Caracol is just one of the sites you can visit during your stay.