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As an eco- traveller it is your responsibility to prevent or minimise any negative impacts on the environment, local community and economy of the destination you are visiting. Our aim is to provide guidelines that will help you to remember the principles of ecotourism throughout your trip.

Before you go

During your Stay

On return

Continue with your commitment to conservation at home by incorporating it into everyday life. Support organisations or societies that follow eco-principles and share your experiences with others with the goal of increasing awareness of environmental issues.


These recommended guidelines should be followed by all eco-travellers. However by choosing a tour operator through EcoTour Directory, a small part of the work has been done for you as the eco-policies of every listed operator has already been reviewed; and is displayed for you to read about.

By encouraging the tourism industry to comply with these policies on a local, regional and national level the aim is to restructure the tourism industry into making a positive impact towards environmental sustainability, economic sustainability for all stakeholders and the preservation of culture. By choosing only travel providers that hold eco-principles, the rest of the tourism industry will be forced to follow due to the power of consumer demand.

Also See: Responsible Trekking

Eco Friendly Kit:

Hi Tec Waterproof Walking BootsOur good friends at Hi Tec kindly offered a pair of their their ION Mask 100% waterproof hiking boots to try out on tour. The boots are called the V-Lite Altitude Ultra Luxe WPi. We've not had them long but we love these boots already!

Our friends at TreeHugger.com covered the eco benefits of Hi Tec Ion Mask in a recent article. You can read that here:

The level of waterproofing really has to be seen to be believed. We've included a video below so you can see the effect for yourselves. In the video you can see how water reacts to a piece of card that has had ION mask treatment. It will give you some idea of how good this feature is on the boot!


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Did we miss anything? What would you add onto the guidelines for an eco traveller?



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