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Our directory currently contains 111 eco holiday travel agents, tour operators and eco accommodation providers to help plan your next day trip, weekend break or trip of a lifetime for 2012/13. Between them all they can provide hundreds of responsible & ecotourism holiday options to inspire you.
For inclusion into the directory, operators must demonstrate their commitment to actively contributing to environmental, social, and economic issues (ecotourism & Responsible Travel principles) relevant to their destinations.
Please note that we are not a tour operator or travel agent. Our aim is to simply list companies that you can contact directly to arrange your trip.
Night Inn, Bellingham, USA
Luxurious King Suites in serene, lush forest full of flying and roaming wildlife near many outdoor activities. Organic breakfast. Spa services, infra-red sauna. Beautiful artwork. Appreciate that you are staying in the first Eco-Inn in Bellingham, nurturing both your health and that of the surrounding environment.
Highway Tours is a family run tour company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and dedicated to providing a quality, eco-friendly and value for money holiday experience to Ethiopia. We provide site seeing tours, adventure tours, bird watching tours, historic and cultural tours and have been operating successfully since 2006.
Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest (FCER)
In 2002, the non-profit Monteverde Conservation League U.S., Inc. (MCLUS) was formed to “support, protect and expand the Children’s Eternal Rainforest”.MCLUS changed it's name in 2011 to Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest (FCER). FCER leads tours to Costa Rica each year. The Children’s Eternal Rainforest, is a pristine 54,000 acre preserve high in the Tilaran Mountains of Costa Rica. Our eco-tours include access to our biological field stations in this rainforest as well as activities in other rainforest ecosystems.
Tours - Tiger watching and photography holiday in India
Travel with a wildlife photographer as a small group to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks, the two best places to see and photograph wild bengal tigers up close along with the rare Barasingha and other wildlife. Staying in Bandhavgarh & Kanha in eco-friendly, luxurious, jungle resorts.
Dolphin Connection Experience - The Azores
The Azores is one of the best places in the world to see whales. This is a very exciting opportunity and it is common to sight sperm whales and a variety of other cetaceans. There is a good chance to see the Fin, Sei and Blue Whale, the biggest mammal on earth!
Safaris - Southern Africa
Run by Allen Hallett who is a fully licensed professional guide. Allen is passionate about Africa’s Wildlife, having spent most of the last 35 years guiding people through the Wilderness areas of Zululand and Botswana. Come and sample some memorable evenings under our African sky around our campfire listening to the night sounds.
Villa PaPe - Eco
Accommodation in Trogir, Croatia
Green, philanthropic and positive and the slightly offbeat town of Trogir in Croatia. Villa PaPe is the ideal destination for weekend escape, family vacation or a romantic getaway. Just 200 m away from the first beach Villa PaPe offers calm and serene accommodations and ambiance.
Dar Lazuli -
Boutique Riad in Essaouira
Dar Lazuli is a 200 year old riad in Essaouira, lovingly renovated by local craftsmen using traditional techniques and materials to retain its original features in harmony with contemporary designs and comforts for a 21st Century visitor. We work with the Travel Foundation to encourage our guests to conserve energy and support and respect the local community.
Eco Specialists Tours Uganda Ltd
Safaris arranged to different ecosystems in Uganda including National Parks, Tropical Rainforests, Water bodies, Cultural Sites, Communities and other destinations. Promoted and run by a group of qualified and competent Eco-tour guides with an experience of over 10 years in site and safari guiding.
Handspan Adventure Travel - Vietnam
Handspan Adventure Travel offers a high quality alternative tourism in Vietnam. Tailor made tours to some remote areas focusing on encounters and exchanges. Established in 1997, it was first and foremost a bunch of philanthropist travelers willing to open the natural and cultural heritage of their home country to the world while preserving and enhancing it.
Voga Travel - South America
An independent travel company specializing in private tours to Central & South America with a commitment to sustainable travel practices. The tours range from adventure tours such as trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & kayaking the fjords of Chilean Patagonia to honeymoon vacations in Argentina & family trips to the Galapagos Islands.
Spirit of Maldives - Eco Tour Operator for the Maldives
Spirit of Maldives offer a unique collection of 10 luxury Eco resorts - bringing guests of the Maldives everything they dream of from a holiday in Paradise, whilst having the vision to protect this land for generations to come.
Retreat, Eco Hotel in Costa Rica
Samasati is truly a one-of-a–kind hotel in Costa Rica. Nestled in 250 acres of virgin forest overlooking the ocean, the retreat is based on high standards of sustainable living, and is the perfect (and romantic!) getaway for nature lovers, adventure fans, yoga practitioners and groups.
Arctic Canada - Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures
Arctic Canada: Remarkable Wilderness & Wildlife Expeditions for the Camera, Paddle, Heart & Soul. Situated at one of the most remote wilderness regions on earth, see denning wild wolves, musk-oxen herds, the great caribou migration & incredible displays of aurora borealis.
Villa del Faro, Eco Hotels - Mexico
“Exquisitely off the grid” An elegant eco- hotel, Villa del Faro is a unique oasis nestled on a deserted beach. The Villa was created as a labor of love by artisans and architects. We offer solitude instead of shops, safe swimming beaches, great books, gourmet food, snorkeling, surfing . . . and just pure beauty!
Tourism Pure Ireland
Tourism Pure leads small groups on nature walks and hill climbs around the forests, bogs, cliffs and offshore islands of the West of Ireland. They pursue a goal of giving tourists a memorable, enjoyable and educative time in the West of Ireland, while ensuring that tour groups minimise their impact on the delicate natural environment, its flora and fauna.
Kontrei Traveller - South Africa
In South and Southern Africa, we market and manage a sustainable travel experience for a visitor to a natural and/or cultural environment, whereby through interaction and participation the visitor will be enlightened. All Tourism businesses involved, should use environmental resources in a sustainable way resulting in economic viable enterprises with economic benefits to the host community.
Israel Travel Company
Israel Travel Company 2-3 day, small group, minimum 6 participants, eco study tours based on Good Water Neighbours Program developed by Friends of the Earth Middle East.
Mis Casas Aventuras de la Jungla Amable - Mexico
Mis Casas offers off-grid, lakeside, jungle tree top self sufficient rental units 4km into the jungle off highway 307, 30km north of the town of Bacalar, Q.Roo, Mexico. Ideal spot for birders, and those that like to explore the jungle by walking trails, biking or canoeing.
True Luxury Tours - Rajasthan, India
Small group tours (1-6 travellers) to India's only privately owned wildlife Sanctuary and select jungles to view rare and endangered wildlife, unique cultural experiences and subjects not easily accessible to off the beaten track areas of India.
You've arrived at our site because you're looking for eco-friendly holidays.
We consider an Eco Tour to be a trip that causes minimal impact to the environment and local people. The site is usually culturally and biologically diverse and attracts tourists who have a common interest in nature, wildlife and culture.
A fundamental element of an Eco Tour is the education of environmental issues such as, the protection of natural resources or endangered species, usually relevant to the destination. This may be conducted through lectures, involvement in conservation projects or simply by learning from a knowledgeable tour guide.
All organisations listed on our directory have made a special commitment to consider environmental and socio-cultural issues in all aspects of their trips.
These considerations may include working with the local community, the restriction of visitor numbers or funding conservation projects in the area.
By choosing to go on an Eco Tour you will be given a unique opportunity to learn and experience nature. In addition a greater awareness of environmental issues will be developed as well as learning practices that can be incorporated in to your everyday routine on return.
Read our guidelines for eco travel that will help you to remember the principles of ecotourism throughout on your next trip.
For information about ecotourism visit our Ecotourism Resource Centre.
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