Eco-traveling in Central America
Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. And within it, nature-oriented tourism is the fastest growing segment. But we should not confuse traditional nature tourism with Sustainable Tourism or Ecotravel.
The concept of Ecotravel emerged just over 30 years ago and has since gained considerable popularity in the conservation and tourism industry, but many still do not understand its true meaning.
What Is Ecotravel?
Ecotravelling is an environmentally responsible form of tourism which purpose is to visit and enjoy relatively unaltered natural areas as well as any manifestation of a region’s traditions, with the active participation of local populations.
Ecotravelling includes educational and interpretative content—related to the topic of nature conservation and culture—and seeks to reduce the negative impacts on the natural and socio-cultural environment.
The ecotourist as such must always ensure that the ecological impact of their visit is minimal. For the development of a model of sustainable tourism, it is essential to take into account the conservation of local environments and populations.
Central American Ecotravel...
Eclypse de Mar, located in Panama is one of the most beautiful ecological bungalows on the ocean in Bocas is only 10 minutes by boat from the town. Anchored on warm waters, they have fine finishes, good beds and panoramic ocean views. Each bungalow has a private terrace for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. They have special coffee tables through which you can see the fish in the water while they serve you food. They make sure you have a tropical fish show anytime.
At Yandup Lodge, there are front and oceanfront cabins with private bathrooms, 24-hour solar electricity, fans, balconies, orthopaedic mattresses and hammocks. They offered us packages that include transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can also go on two daily tours to cultural and ecological beach destinations with our Kuna guides who will explain everything about their culture.
Additionally, Panamá is undergoing a massive initiative for the development of a sustainable tourism project, including the preservation of four national parks. The Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo has assigned a $753,427 budget for the project.
The national parks to be improved are Isla de Coiba, Portobelo, Volcán Verú, Bosque Protector de San Lorenzo.
2. Costa Rica
There is also Costa Rica, whose government acknowledges the attractiveness of sustainable and responsible tourism. In Costa Rica, an ecological lodging experience is unparalleled in the world. Imagine walking every morning in a cabin of a tree house in the rainforest. Staying at an eco-resort will also help you conserve Costa Rica’s environment by making them more popular and successful, spreading the responsible ecotravelling mindset. In many cases, eco resorts are located in remote places full of nature. Some of the hotels are: El Establo Mountain Hotel, Fire Mountain Resort & Spa and Best Western Irazu Hotel.
Honduras is also a very popular destination thanks to its forests, beaches, reefs, and many protected areas that make the perfect tourist attraction. Estimates circle 8,000 plant species, 250 different reptiles and amphibians, over 700 species of birds, and 110 mammals. Olancho is a favourite destination among ecotravellers thanks to the effort made by local authorities to maintain a healthy environment. Besides, the traditional dishes are delicious, and the local community and churches constantly preach and give advice on how to be responsible with the environment.