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.

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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…
A local guide leads hikers to Incan ruins in Cusco, Peru.

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.
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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.
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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…
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Could Tourism Offer a Future for Botswana’s Bushmen?

Will Botswana’s thriving ecotourism industry finally involve its first people?
A Stupa in the village of Khumjung, Nepal, is visibly damaged after the earthquake of 2015.

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…
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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…
Crowds observe the Excelsior Geyser Crater from the safety of a boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., July 4, 2015.

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.
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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…
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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…
Ernesto Ore (far right) explains the history of the Maras salt mines in Peru's Sacred Valley.

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…
The women of Chinchero practice ancient weaving traditions that have continued on, mostly unchanged, for hundreds of years.

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…
REI Adventurers hike the road less traveled in Peru's Sacred Valley.

I Took an REI Adventure And You Should, Too

In a sea of Selfie Sticks and laughably impractical footwear, our merry band of backpack-toting travelers was easy to spot.
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Why Backpacking is a Sustainability 101 Course for Work and Home

Setting off on a long backpacking trip abroad will allow you to bring home lessons on living and working sustainably for when you…
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3p Weekend: Sustainable Time-Off for Socially Responsible Businesses

This week, we round up properties and destinations around the world, relevant in today’s evolving and conscious society, which focus on sustainability and…