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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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…
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The U.N. Tackles Sustainable Tourism, Sort Of

The U.N.’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals address sustainable tourism with three targets, for the first time. But, not everyone agrees on the path…
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Dharavi: Squalid Slum or Sustainable Industry?

I was conflicted before visiting Dharavi, India. As I prepared for my visit, I became part of an ongoing debate about the real…
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Getting Serious About Sustainable Tourism

Armed with shared goals and new monitoring tools, tourism can scale up positive impacts and take us a long way toward meeting sustainability…
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Ecotourism in Idaho: Our Discerning, Summering Palate

I just recently moved to Idaho from New York City, and it’s been all about enjoying the great outdoors in the summer of…
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Feeling the Effects of Nature Based-Tourism … in Cash Registers

There’s a popular anecdote repeated in rural Piscataquis County, Maine, where a general store owner has said, “I feel the AMC (Appalachian Mountain…
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3p Weekend: The Foodie’s Travel Guide to the World’s Most Sustainable Restaurants

For those die-hard foodies who couldn't dream of traveling without hitting up all the locally-esteemed eateries, this week we pulled together a travel…
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Dissecting the Farm-to-Table Fable

To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn't work. There's too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too…
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Conserving Wildlife Through Volunteering Abroad in India

Are you a wildlife lover and have a wish to oil the wheels of wildlife conservation efforts? Then, you can become instrumental through…
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Ecotourism is Gaining Momentum in India

Ecotourism involves exploring undisturbed natural beauty. India is gaining popularity as an ecotourism destination and has a lot to offer to nature lovers.…