In a time when caring for our environment is so important, instead of hitting a major city or a holiday hot spots, some people choose a more environmentally friendly vacation. Often referred to as “ecotourism” or “responsible tourism”, these vacations provide an experience that is both incredible, but also does not affect its environmental or cultural surroundings.
An “ecolodge” is a product of this new way of thinking. They are often luxurious and comfortable accommodations that reflect the design and heritage of the local cultures, situated in a natural setting that has been carefully preserved amongst the local plant life. They will also be built from locally harvested and sustainable, and/or recyclable materials, with their energy needs met by environmentally friendly means. Food in these lodges will be purchased locally to support the local farmers and people, and opportunities for interactions with the local communities will be available.
Many ecolodges specialise in adventure travel, and working closely with the local population provide a multitude of activities that can range from waterfall rappelling, mountain climbing, back packing, tree climbing and river expeditions. Many will even provide historical or educational based activities, giving you a chance to learn about the local history and surrounding nature.
Due to the hard work from organisations like The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecolodges have sprung up all around the world, including countries such as Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. All of which provide a great chance to relax, and take in the surrounding nature, whilst knowing that you on vacation as a responsible traveler.