If you are a seasoned traveler who’s tired of the usual destinations, why not visit these green places to help you become aware of the beauty that our earth has to offer. Two places on the list may seem obvious picks, the Galapagos and the Amazon, but there are plenty of new and yet-to-be-discovered places, such as Dominica, as well as the Blue Mountains in Australia and Africa’s Botswana.
If staying in one of the environmentally friendly lodges in the middle of a rainforest appeals to you, stay in Costa Rica or Borneo. But if you wish to get up close and personal with the glaciers and wildlife, Antarctica and Alaska will give you the opportunity to experience that from an inflatable zodiac, or just at a ship’s deck. For those who love sleeping outdoors and trekking to high plateaus, trek the Himalayas.
Himalayas in Nepal
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It’s old news that the more we travel by plane, the bigger our carbon footprint gets. If you’re concerned about the environment but you don’t think you can ignore your wanderlust, there’s really no need for you to worry. You can have the best of both worlds by choosing a “green” vacation. Ecotourism is getting to be more and more popular these days, what with people becoming more and more aware of their environment.
You might want to do your part as well. And if you think that you’re sacrificing too much by choosing to trod down the unbeaten path, think again. According to Ayako Ezaki of the International Ecotourism Society, by traveling “green”, you not only minimize travel’s negative effects but maximize its benefits as well. How: by giving something back to the people who make ecotourism possible.
For years, eco tourism was something that no one has heard of, but today thanks to increased pressure by world governments to reduce carbon emissions and become more environmentally friendly, responsible tourism is becoming a big issue for both tourists and also tour operators.
Tags: birds and flowers in Stanley Park, British Columbia, Canada, City of Vancouver, Ecotourism, Ecotravel, environment, half wild area, indian culture in Canada, indian totems in Stanley Park, natural parks, protected areas, Rhododendron gardens in Stanley park, Stanley Park, wildlife in Stanley Park
Drive beyond the northwest outskirts of the City of Vancouver, and you find yourself in the beautiful near-wilderness area of Stanley Park amid a forest of towering cedar, hemlock and firtrees. The city of Vancouver set aside this 1000-acre wilderness site for recreational purposes in 1886. It officially became a park in 1888 and was named for Lord Stanley, Governor of Canada.
These 1000 acres were once the home of the Squamish and Musqueam Native Americans, and several totem poles stand in their honor.
Spend a day (or longer) in the Park and enjoy watching and photographing over one hundred species of wildlife including friendly raccoons and squirrels. Birds abound, including Canada geese, ducks, grouse and swans.
If flowers are more to your liking, several gardens await to delight your eyes and your nose. In the spring, Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden is a bed of colors. Later in the year, a formal rose garden in full bloom is a gift to the senses.