Top 5 Amazing Ecotourism Hotspots you must visit

People love to travel during vacations. They usually love to visit different places that seem to be appealing to them. An individual may like a place according to his own likeness and preferences. If he is adventurous and would love to go on an adventurous tour, he will prefer visiting some mountainous region or a forest place where he can have all thrilling experiences. On the other hand, a person who wants to be relaxed will prefer a place that is midst nature with a peaceful environment around him.

Ecotourism is something that is the current trend that is going on in the tourism industry. With every city or region covered up with buildings, people now wish to move out of the concrete jungle into the open arms of nature. There are many places that still have their natural habitat maintained. People are now in search of many such places where they can spend their time amidst nature. The following list will introduce you to a few places that are rightly known to be the Ecotourism Hotspots on the earth.

  1. The Fjords of Norway   fjordsThe Fjord of Norway is formed due to glacial erosion and has resulted in a narrow inlet surrounded by steep slopes and cliffs. This is one among the most popular holiday destinations that is excellent for activities such as biking, hiking and boating. Due to the strict environmental regulations put across by Norway, this place is said to remain wild and green. Thus, it will remain to be the most preferred ecotourism destination for generations to come.
  1. The Blue Mountains in Australia

Blue-Mountains-New-South-Wales-Australias-Major-AttractionThe Blue mountain region in Australia is a 550 square meter area that is a home to various parks and reserves. The region is called the Blue Mountains because of the bluish cast that is seen over it because of the blue gum eucalyptus tree that is found here. The mountains are just about 90 minutes away from Sydney and can be a great place for activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking and hiking and many more. The region is also known to be a home for the oldest tree on earth, Wollemi pine that was thought to be extinct after the age of Dinosaurs.

  1. Botswana in Africa

ID-10072639   Botswana is also known to be the “Jewel of Africa”. The place has a number of savannas, rivers and lakes that are found teeming with wild life. You will come across a number of wild animals such as lions, rhinos, elephants and zebras that can be seen moving through the dense forests. This place has different landscapes ranging from deserts, deltas, grasslands and savannas. Here you will also come across a rare endangered species of the African Wild Dog.

  1. The Galapagos Islands

6145657567_b8fdeb9556_bThere are no other travel destinations that are so exciting and mysterious like the Galapagos Islands. These islands are a home to many rare species of plants and animals and might also introduce you to a number of undiscovered species. There are many people who now prefer taking up a Galapagos lan tours rather than going to any other place on the earth. After all, there will be no other place that will give you the experience of swimming alongside with playful penguins and sea lions. The birds and the animals found over these islands are still unaware of the danger that humans can be. Thus, you can simply walk by or swim across while they think that you are one among them.

  1. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica, located in Central America is a home to many Volcanoes, beaches, white water rivers, savannas and rain forests. Tourism is the most important mainstay of the country through which it maintains major part of the economy. You can’t go farther than about 20 yards without seeing a monkey, a toucan or a jewel toned butterfly. If you are lucky enough, you will also spot a jaguar passing by. The activities that you can enjoy here are trekking, bungee jumping, snorkeling, surfing and many more.

These are the top 5 ecotourism destinations that you will find across the world. The natural beauty and the well maintained habitat that is still taken care of are the main factors that have been attracting tourists to visit these places. With an increase in the number of tourists visiting here, the officials of the respective countries have started promoting these natural sites by adding some more convenient or attractive parts and activities to it.

But, have we ever thought about the cost that we would have to pay to get there? Have you seen the cost of a single Galapagos Island Holiday Package? You will have to shell out a lot of money to book a vacation at any of these top ecotourism sites around the world. Instead the locally maintained natural parks are not too bad. We can first start by visiting the close by places where we will have to spend less. But, yes, it will surely be a memorable trip if you ever get to go to any of these above mentioned places. The experience and the memories that you will carry while you return will surely pay back all that you spend to get there.

An Encounter with the Flightless Bird at Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, a part of Ecuador that lies in the waters, is the most famous holiday destination in the world. It is known for the natural beauty, conserved environment and the undiscovered species that lie under the thick forest covers. People have been visiting here mainly to take a look at the scenic beauty, the animals and birds and the different adventurous activities that are organized here. Although a Galapagos Island Tour is thought to be an expensive one, the memorable experience that you will get is worth paying for.

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Since these islands are known to be a home of wide range of species that may not be found anywhere else in the world, scientists and research people find this place to be the best to study the existence and the life of different species. Once, Dr. Gustavo Jimenez along with a team from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park went on an excursion to observe the flightless birds living here.

As they entered the rocky shore of the island, they came across a number of Galapagos Penguins. A few approached them cautiously, a few jumped into the water and the others were behaving quite indifferent with the presence of human beings around them. The team began the journey through Santa Cruz and then to Isabela.

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While the team was searching around the coastline cover with lava, they came across penguin nests that had eggs, chicks and even adults. This was a pleasing sight as they were happy to see a number of penguins are still seen around. This was due to the favorable climatic conditions that kept the water cool enough to be a home for the sardines, the main food for penguins. The team then moved on to the Marielas Islands which is located off the west coast of Isabela. This island is known to have the maximum number of penguins found across Galapagos. In order to check the size, weight and population, each penguin was caught individually and tagged so as to maintain the population count. The team caught around 78 penguins out of which 37 were already tagged.

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The next plan was to catch and record the existence of Flightless Cormorants. The team visited about three colonies across Punta Espinoza and Fernandina where they were to carry out the similar catch and release activity like they did for the penguins. They caught about 48 Flightless cormorants out of which only 9 were not tagged previously. This was alarming as the team observed that there was a very low population growth in these flightless birds.

The Galapagos Islands are frequently visited by such groups to make sure that the species are safe and the environment is kept favorable for them to live in. Since it is the best place to have a closer look at nature and different creatures, the Galapagos Islands can prove to be a wonderful holiday destination for those who would want to experience it. For all those who are interested in spending a vacation amidst nature, with fun and adventure and also a little educational stuff, the Galapagos Island vacation package is the best that will suit you and your needs!

ECUADOR: Fresh Lychee Nuts

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Footprints In Ecuador

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If’ you’ve never seen a fresh lychee nut in your life, you’re in for a treat today. As the mango season closes here in Ecuador, one might think to oneself, “How will I ever be able to wait until next December?!”

But then in waltz’s the incredible fresh Lychee nut:

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When I saw fresh Lychee nuts, my first thought was, “OMG! These things look like me on a bad hair day!”

My second thought was , “OMG! These things are so CUTE!  I think we should name them all!!!”

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This past Saturday, I went to the local outdoor market in the town down the road from me. I saw all kinds of things I had never seen in an outdoor market: quail eggs, hanging bloody fresh meat and you guessed it! Fresh Lychee Nuts!

I had only…

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Find Endemic Species of Monkeys around Amazon Jungle Lodges

We all know that among all the existing and extinct creatures of the earth, the monkeys have the closest and dearest blood relation to human beings. Ever since they came into existence, they have proved to be a boon for the environment too. This can be proved by the way they help in the distribution of seeds and help increase the forests on the earth. Among the total 262 species found across the world, 58 species are found in the Amazon Rain Forest. Though the numbers may seem to be big, it is sad to say that fifty percent of the total monkey species are feared to be extinct. They are now being counted among the most endangered animals on planet earth. Continue reading Find Endemic Species of Monkeys around Amazon Jungle Lodges