Ecotourism 101

Ecotourism refers to a travel style rooted in nature that supports conservation efforts and treads lightly on our planet. Eco-tourists explore exotic, often endangered, natural environments to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer while funding preservation efforts.

Check out one of TriplePundit’s latest ecotourism trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands here.

RAN: Texas Rio Grande Valley Under Threat from Natural Gas

According to Rainforest Action Network, liquefied natural gas terminals proposed in southern Texas cities such as Brownsville pose a long-term threat to both…

Go Off the Beaten Path: How to Make Local Tourism a Win-Win Situation

Many people are looking to have a more meaningful, positive impact on the places they visit — whether by volunteering their time, collecting…

Ecotourism in Maine: Dive-In Theater Wows Audiences With Sea Creatures

Since childhood, Ed Monat was fascinated by the ocean and all things underwater. He now channels this passion to put on a delightful…

3p Weekend: Packaged Vacation Done Right

Many of us don't have the time to plan out trip itineraries on our own, and hopping from hostel to hostel with kids…

3p Weekend: Bookmark These 7 Eco-Tourism Destinations

Have a case of wanderlust? Bookmark these seven eco-tourism hotspots, and keep them in mind when you finally cash in those vacation days.

Small Group Tours are Transforming the Travel Industry

A quickly emerging market of small, specialized group tour operators offer a more sustainable, social, affordable and ultimately transformative experience for the traveler.

Why Hotels Fell Behind On Sustainability and How They Caught Up

Hotels have been accused of damaging the environment, and sometimes with good reason. Luckily, things are changing fast. Sustainable eco-tourism is on the…

Could Tourism Offer a Future for Botswana’s Bushmen?

Will Botswana’s thriving ecotourism industry finally involve its first people?

A Year After Quake, Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step…

Hilarious ‘Barbie Savior’ Instagram Highlights the Dark Side of Voluntourism

A hilarious Instagram account called Barbie Savior has gone viral, with depictions of the Mattel beauty that mock those who have put helping…

National Parks Face Over-Crowding, Degradation

The National Park Service turns 100 this year, but our National Parks are plagued with over-crowding and lack of funding for maintenance.

3 Ways to Travel Sustainably

How can we give back to the planet while traveling, an activity that is reserved for the privileged, developed world? Radio host Daphne…

Ecotourism Creates Livelihoods for Indigenous People in Cuyabeno, Ecuador

My husband, two young children and I spent five days exploring the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Northeast Ecuador. Ecotourism is a main source…

The Best Job in the World?

For 10 years, Ernesto Ore has trekked the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with around eight REI tour groups a year, but he…

REI Brings Ecotourism Alive in Peru

It's basically impossible not to be humbled by the natural beauty of Peru. But, as tourism continues to rise in the region, this…