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Our agency specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US. We specialize in groups but work with individuals.

The mission of A Closer Look Travel is to promote and provide opportunities for travelers to give back as they travel, either by treading lightly on or enhancing the natural environment, making real connections with people in local communities, learning about other cultures and beliefs, and/or volunteering in local communities around the world.

We launched A Closer Look Travel in the spring of 2005 to provide just these kinds of travel opportunities.

Kara Black, founder of A Closer Look Travel, has worked formally in the travel industry since 2003. However, before becoming a travel advisor, one of her pastimes was planning travel for family and groups of friends. In addition, she has worked extensively in human services and event planning. Her values of giving back to the world led her to want to develop a different kind of travel agency that would encourage and support responsible travel that was fun and educational.

The name of our agency, A Closer Look Travel, is intended to convey a sense of really noticing and connecting with the places we visit. Let us make your travel planning easy so you can focus on and enjoy your destination.

The following is a sampling of our eco-tour and eco-lodging offerings. We have many more in our data base, so please contact us for additional information or other ideas.

North America

General

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.

Enjoy carefree cycling tours throughout North America, and tropical bike tours in Hawaii or Belize. Multi-sport and hiking tours are also available. Desert expanses, raging rivers, and crisp mountains await.


Arctic/Canada

Join a polar sea kayaking expedition as a single or double. Led by experienced guides, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of these spectacular environments while also experiencing the local cultures.

Get up close and personal with the polar bears of Churchhill, Manitoba’s frozen tundra. From the warmth and safety of a Tundra Buggy, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph and observe these majestic animals.

Join an exciting tour in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund to experience local wildlife up close, with an eye to its preservation.

Learn about traditional Inuit culture while exploring the majestic icebergs and pristine wilderness of the Arctic in small ships. The polar bears, beluga whales, and three-thousand year old archaeological sites are a few of the highlights not to be missed.

Experience your adventure among the natural wonders surrounding your cozy, intimate log cabin, nestled in the front range of the great Canadian Rockies. Fill your day with the wide variety of excursions available, or relax with a blanket and listen to the wolves.


USA

Stroll down the beach or through the rainforests of the Pacific-Northwest on a low-key eco-journey, or explore and celebrate your relationship with nature in an educational workshop.

Savor the good life at this award-winning B&B and organic farm powered by 100% renewable energy. For a nature getaway, escape to their 30-acre private wildlife sanctuary and rural retreat in a rustic A-frame cabin.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these Alaskan tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Join outstanding conservationists in a real Wyoming wilderness experience that is designed to help you return to your nature origins and tap a deep sense of inspiration.

Fun and enthusiastic, these kayaking trips and courses departing from Peaks Island, Maine are a cut above the rest. Professional guides offer in-depth training and lead trips worldwide.

Hawaii

Take a very special day tour or spend several days doing ecological restoration work part of the day, and experiencing real Hawaiian culture and history the other part. Stay in cabin-style lodging, and spend your free time at the beach, hiking, or exploring the sites around Honolulu.

The Big Island is a perfect place to retreat, rejuvenate, and nourish your body and spirit. This solar-powered retreat center, open to individuals and groups, provides the perfect ocean-side setting to do so. Swim, soak, get a massage or watsu, join a yoga or other body work class, learn Hula or Hawaiian language, enjoy the extensive native landscaped grounds, enjoy the sweat lodge, and eat local, organic meals.

This vast ranch extends far up the flanks of Mauna Loa, crossing multiple climate zones. Stay in a solar-powered guest house near the top and see vibrant stars at night and green landscape flowing down to the ocean by day. Enjoy or participate as a volunteer in their efforts to replant and reforest much of the land with native vegetation. Hike, ride horses, go on cultural excursions, have a traditional luau and relax.

Take an ecotour with this company and experience the marine world and culture of Hawaii in depth. Eat meals with local families. Specialists will guide you in up close exploration of the fascinating flora and fauna of the Pacific, will bring you opportunities to discover the real aloha and history of the area, and provide you with opportunities to do environmental and wildlife restoration.

Stay in an original Hawaiian-owned villa near Hilo. Walk through the lush, native landscaping, vibrant with color and delicious smells and tastes. Enjoy the spacious rooms, the delicious breakfast full of products from the garden, and the wide, breezy lanai.

Take a locally-focused tour of an Hawaiian Island that is fun for all ages and has a nice balance of free and structured time. Stay with local families, have direct experiences of contemporary Hawaiian culture, and enjoy off-the-beaten-track outdoor activities and explorations that emphasize and teach about the land and sea ecology of the region.

This small, rustic Hawaiian-owned lodging in the country near the sleepy town of Hana is a wonderful place to experience the spirit of aloha. Your host is warm, knowledgeable and informative about the people and plants of Hawaii. Part of the property is a large botanical garden, and regular tours and tastes are available to guests.

For a special occasion, stay in one of these elegant owner-designed Japanese-style homes nestled in native vegetation. Follow magical, winding pathlets to your private soaking tub, finding whimsical garden art along the way, and enjoy all the thoughtful Hawaiian touches in each home.

Stay at a family-friendly bed and breakfast on a working organic coffee farm on the Big Island. Enjoy the friendly family, enjoy your lanai view down to the ocean, and take a detailed tour of the growth and production process of real Kona coffee.

Enjoy carefree cycling tours throughout North America, and tropical bike tours in Hawaii or Belize. Multi-sport and hiking tours are also available. Desert expanses, raging rivers, and crisp mountains await.


Mexico

Enjoy the Yucatan peninsula from the shade of secluded beach cabanas. Renewable energy, water management, and environmental protection make this low-impact tourist destination even more inviting.

Explore the Mayan world of the Yucatan Peninsula on an eco-tour. A nature lover’s dream, tours involve activities such as hiking, biking, bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring archeological sites.

Surround yourself by nature at a solar-powered eco-Resort located on the shores of the beautiful Laguna Bacalar. Hike, bike, and explore nearby ruins amidst wildlife and nature, or just relax, napping in a jungle hammock or reading in the tropical gardens.

Join an exciting tour in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund to experience local wildlife up close, with an eye to its preservation.


South America

General

Raft, hike and bike among mountains, beaches, jungles, ruins, and colonial cities of Central and South America, while staying in eco-lodges, community-run inns, and even local homestays.

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Discover indigenous cultures, stunning mountain ranges, vast deserts, and the joys of trekking. Unique, environmentally responsible, and adventurous cultural travel is promised.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

Have a meaningful travel experience whether you choose to volunteer, work, or tour abroad. Support international community development as a volunteer, or take an enriching cultural, humanitarian, or eco- tour.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

The perfect trip awaits skiers, snowboarders, rafters, climbers, cyclists, and all-around adventure lovers. Whether your ideal destination is snow, sea, or somewhere in between, we’ve got and adventure for you.


Argentina/Chile

Appreciate nature and the outdoors in a Patagonian retreat, surrounded by pristine forests, waters, and diverse wildlife. Center yourself with organic meals, yoga and Tai Chi classes, or reflection at the non-denominational temple.

From prehistory to the present, learn about the culture of Patagonia through museum visits, exploring archeological sites, and visiting local people. End your day with the adventure of a campsite or the comfort of a hotel.

Get in touch with the wild at a 12,000-hectare former cattle ranch that has been made into a nature reserve. Stay in the ranch’s recycled main house, now a small eco-tourist hotel offering organic meals, bird-watching, horseback-riding, boat trips, and more.

Discover the Andes from a family-run working cattle-farm. Explore the grounds on fine horses or by foot, experiencing wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters while not abandoning creature comforts provided by good accommodation and great food.

Choose from a variety of tours throughout picturesque Chile, from the remote Easter Islands to breathtaking Patagonia. Enjoy the flexibility of a customized tour or the ease of a planned tour in a way that preserves the local environment and culture.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Raft, hike and bike among mountains, beaches, jungles, ruins, and colonial cities of Central and South America, while staying in eco-lodges, community-run inns, and even local homestays.

Brazil

A family-run eco-lodge and horse trekking founded on the principles of eco-tourism. Enjoy a mild tropical climate, beautiful stretches of Highland Atlantic Forest, and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Travel by boat through the rivers and tributaries of the Amazon. Explore South America’s dense rainforests with the guidance of knowledgeable naturalists. For something different, cruise the volcanic islands of the Galapagos where strange and unique creatures bask in untouched paradise.


Ecuador

Visit the largest community-based project ever developed in Ecuador, an eco-lodge and reserve on an Amazonian lagoon. Keep yourself busy with visits to the Achuar communities, hikes in the rain forest, canoeing, bird watching, and other activities.

Enjoy the comfort and peace of an intimate, chalet-like lodge perched on a hillside just outside a rural village. Learn about Permaculture, local customs and environment while contributing to and improving the local community and the natural environment.

Immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Shiwiar people, living in the Amazon jungle along the Pastaza River. Experience the incredible biodiversity of the area through canoe trips down the river, and learn how to harvest and plant yucca, make handicrafts, and build traditional houses.

Founded on a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives and the planet, this non-commercial tour company will take you off the beaten path to encounter exotic local wildlife up close.

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.

Receive a warm welcome and a real opportunity to get to know local people and experience life in a rural Ecuadorian community in one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. Learn about sustainable agroforestry, visit archaeological sites, or shop at a local women’s artisan collective.

Get up-close like never before with exotic wildlife in their natural habitat. Make the most of your trip with carefully crafted itineraries, “off the beaten path” destinations, and expert local naturalist guides and biologists.

Tours with a deep commitment to environment, respect for the past, and hope for the future. With destinations throughout Ecuador and Peru, these cultural, special interest, and day adventures will leave even the most discerning traveler satisfied.

These are authentic experiences for active travelers, trips far from typical and stimulating for the mind and body. These are the places you dream about, ready to become reality.

Peru

Succumb to the adventure of a lodge surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, exotic wildlife, and rich indigenous culture. Don’t miss one of the world’s longest canopy walkways, transporting you 120 feet above the earth.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Journey by boat to the heart of the Amazon, traveling along tributaries into the jungle deep within the Pacaya-Samiria National Park (the largest wetland reserve in the world). Expert local guides who know just where to find the exotic wildlife make this trip especially interesting.

Engage in community driven development projects, while exploring some of the most beautiful natural and cultural environments in the world. Work side by side with local community members, snorkel in the Caribbean, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or explore Zapotec ruins…this is your adventure!

Tours with a deep commitment to environment, respect for the past, and hope for the future. With destinations throughout Ecuador and Peru, these cultural, special interest, and day adventures will leave even the most discerning traveler satisfied.

Founded on a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives and the planet, this non-commercial tour company will take you off the beaten path to encounter exotic local wildlife up close.

Enjoy your stay in a rainforest lodge; keep busy with biology and ecology workshops, eco-tours and visits with local communities. There is something for everyone at your choice of four unique locations.


Guyana

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.

These are authentic experiences for active travelers, trips far from typical and stimulating for the mind and body. These are the places you dream about, ready to become reality.

The isolated and idyllic location of Surama, in the heart of Guyana, offers an escape from the concrete jungle to a serene and peaceful existence with nature. Observe the abundant wildlife during cool dawn hikes, or experience the mystique of the forest after dark on a night walk with your local and informative Surama guides.


Central America

General

Join a tropical sea kayaking expedition as a single or double. Led by experienced guides, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of these spectacular environments while also experiencing the local cultures.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Have a meaningful travel experience whether you choose to volunteer, work, or tour abroad. Support international community development as a volunteer, or take an enriching cultural, humanitarian, or eco- tour.

Engage in community driven development projects, while exploring some of the most beautiful natural and cultural environments in the world. Work side by side with local community members, snorkel in the Caribbean, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or explore Zapotec ruins…this is your adventure!

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

These are authentic experiences for active travelers, trips far from typical and stimulating for the mind and body. These are the places you dream about, ready to become reality.

Founded on a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives and the planet, this non-commercial tour company will take you off the beaten path to encounter exotic local wildlife up close.

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

The perfect trip awaits skiers, snowboarders, rafters, climbers, cyclists, and all-around adventure lovers. Whether your ideal destination is snow, sea, or somewhere in between, we’ve got and adventure for you.


Panama

Eco-adventures, sea-kayaking, birding, and family fun await your trip to Panama, where local guides and small community projects support environmental and cultural conservation.

Honduras/Guatemala

Explore La Moskitia, the largest tract of tropical rainforest north of the Amazon. Home to Central America’s greatest concentration of biodiversity, La Moskitia’s Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve is also home to four distinct indigenous groups who will benefit from 100% of your tour cost. Trek through the jungle, observe wildlife, and shop for indigenous arts and crafts.

You are sure to have a memorable time in these eco-hotels surrounded by culture, history, and natural beauty. Enjoy the great views in tranquil Atitlan, the hotel museum in historic Antigua, and the excitement of city life in colorful Guatemala City

Take part in unforgettable multi-sport adventures, archaeological explorations, and cultural discoveries. Join in on a fully guided tour, or do it “on your own” with a little help planning lodging and transportation.

Belize

Visit a friendly, family run jungle lodge & tour operator in the Cayo District, Belize's most visited eco tourism vacation destination. Explore Mayan ruins, discover vast caves, swim under waterfalls, and experience the colorful local culture.

Don’t miss a stay at this eco-hotel, nestled in 21 acres of rare coastal forest teaming with birds, flora and orchids. Relax in a beachfront room or spacious treehouse in a tropical paradise of reefs and rainforest, where guided excursions run everyday.

With rainforest, reef, and ruins, there is always adventure to be found in Belize. Paddle canoes on the Macal River, track Jaguars in the preserve, and ride horse back through the rainforest. Cool off at the end of your trip by diving or snorkeling in the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef.

Enjoy carefree cycling tours throughout North America, and tropical bike tours in Hawaii or Belize. Multi-sport and hiking tours are also available. Desert expanses, raging rivers, and crisp mountains await.


Costa Rica

Relax in a coastal rainforest eco-lodge dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education. Take a nap beside the sweeping ocean views, or take advantage of the many opportunities for adventure with surfing, hiking, and tree climbing.

A romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, this forest reserve on the Osa Peninsula is not to be missed. Take your time exploring the lush rainforest and deserted beaches, or give in to your adventurous side with a tree platform & zipline, waterfall rappelling, or tree climbing.

From the comfort of your private terrace, take in the breathtaking view across the Los Santos Forest Reserve. Peruse an indigenous art gallery, hike to the nearby river, and don’t forget to catch a glimpse or photograph of the beautiful but elusive Quetzal.

Resplendent Quetzals, Howler monkeys, Toucans, and the unmistakable call of the Bellbird, the sights and sounds of this trip will not soon be forgotten. Explore the cloud forests, rainforests, volcanoes and beaches of Costa Rica.

Relax in thatched cabanas on the Pacific highlands of southern Costa Rica. While visiting this research station that is center to teaching, research, and environmental education, join a naturalist guide on a walk through Central America’s richest plant collection.

Retreat to a private lodge in the rainforests of Costa Rica accessible only by water from nearby villages. With monkeys, dolphins, and blue butterflies as your neighbors, and environmental conservation combined the comforts of home, there is little to be wanted for in this tropical paradise.


Nicaragua

Combine nature and culture in this unforgettable tour of Central America’s newest hotspot. Explore colonial cities, active volcanoes, and get a chance to observe nesting sea turtles.

Stay in a cabin 10 ft. above ground along the banks of the San Juan River. Explore the river and jungle by kayak, canoe, bicycle, and horseback. Take a dip in the crystal clear water deep inside the rainforest with monkeys watching from above. Cool down after a long day with a cold drink in a hammock on the riverbank.



Caribbean

General

Have a high impact adventure while having a low impact on the Puerto Rican environment. Explore jungle and island wildlife, hike, camp, climb and rappel. If you need some down time, relax on the beach gathering seashells and snorkeling.

For some peace and relaxation, retreat to this environmentally-friendly luxury hotel tucked away in the foothills of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains where tranquility and romantic ambience are the norm. Revel in the lush rainforests, cool rivers, tumbling waterfalls and dreamy beaches that are Jamaica.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Have some family fun at a cliff-top retreat in a Dominica island paradise. Make it a vacation to remember while visiting the film locations seen in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.

Have a meaningful travel experience whether you choose to volunteer, work, or tour abroad. Support international community development as a volunteer, or take an enriching cultural, humanitarian, or eco- tour.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Away from everything but relaxation, this Bahamian resort located on the island of Exuma has something for everyone, including sightseeing, bonefishing, scooter rentals, and even cave-diving.

Surround yourself with the lush nature and cool rivers in unspoilt Eastern Dominica, where you’re sure to find comfort in your choice of a private lodge, an isolated cabin, a treehouse, hostel, or campsite. With adventure activities, community-based experiences, and sustainable/environmental education workshops, there is something for everyone at this award-winning eco-lodge.

Join an exciting tour in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund to experience local Cuban wildlife up close, with an eye to its preservation.

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.


Middle East

General

Join a sea kayaking expedition as a single or double in Turkey. Led by experienced guides, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of these spectacular environments while also experiencing the local cultures.

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

Have a meaningful travel experience whether you choose to volunteer, work, or tour abroad. Support international community development as a volunteer, or take an enriching cultural, humanitarian, or eco- tour.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.



Pacific/Antarctica

General

Join a tropical sea kayaking expedition as a single or double. Led by experienced guides, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of these spectacular environments while also experiencing the local cultures.

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Australia

Visit the most isolated and remote regions of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest on newly forged trails. Friendly, knowledgeable guides, quality organic food, and a policy of “maximum respect Bushwalking” will ensure your trip is as meaningful as possible.

Learn about Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, and many other interesting creatures unique to Australia. Explore the pristine reef, the rugged Outback, the friendly cities, or if you can’t decide, create your own itinerary and explore them all with a custom tour.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

A must for all nature-lovers, the world’s oldest surviving rainforest is abundant with unique flora and fauna. Begin with a daylight exploration to really understand the vastness of the forest, and finish with a nighttime expedition amidst the nocturnal wildlife.

Explore Central Australia with one of five specialist tour companies based in Alice Springs and Uluru. Participate in a unique range of experiences including Aboriginal guided tours, camel touring, star viewing, and touring to the Alice Springs Desert Park.


New Zealand

Find the comfort of an intimate lodge in a breathtaking, expansive mountain setting. Discover rare plants and birds in nature tours of the surrounding forests, or participate in sustainable farm activities on an authentic Merino sheep farm.

It’s hard to go wrong with these fun, informative, and safe walks through Kahurangi National Park. Keep it short with a day trip, or be adventurous with a multi-day backpacking trip. With knowledgeable guides committed to environmental conservation, you’re sure to have a fulfilling expedition.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Bali/Tonga

For a truly unique experience, stay in an 80 year old converted lumbung (rice granary). Simple but charming, these accommodations are in traditional Balinese design. Enjoy beautiful sunsets over the nearby rice fields and coast, and join in on any number of the cultural, historical, or adventure activities available.

Relax at a tranquil and spacious villa just outside Ubud, the artistic and cultural heart of beautiful Bali. Enjoy nearby villages, beautiful rice fields, and a view of Mt. Agung in the distance.

Experience Bali with the Island’s only village eco-tourism network. From the lush, earthy aromas of the forest to the rush of garlic and chili in the kitchen... from floating silently above a seaweed farm to stepping through the gates of an ancient fortress...Come and see what happens when tourism is really 'by and for' the people.

New Guinea

Enjoy tropical island tours with a popular family-run tour operator. Stay at award-winning wilderness lodges, which are a great starting point for trekking, scuba diving, and eco-tours.



Europe

General

From famous landmarks to hidden gems, you will love the many active trips and destinations ready for your pursuit. Escape from daily life, relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a great meal.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.

The perfect trip awaits skiers, snowboarders, rafters, climbers, cyclists, and all-around adventure lovers. Whether your ideal destination is snow, sea, or somewhere in between, we’ve got and adventure for you.


Great Britain

Enjoy a hiking vacation on Britain's most remote peninsula, a sailing holiday to the mystical island archipelago of St. Kilda, or sea kayaking in the crystal clear waters of the Outer Hebrides – there is an adventure in Scotland to match everyone’s interests and passions.

Austria/Switzerland

Take in the beauty of Austria’s Bregenzerwald region, an alpine mecca for hiking, biking, and paragliding. Those searching for a special combination of nature, culture, and adventure need look no further.

This remarkable eco resort is high on the slopes of the Swiss Alps. Stay in charming domed yurts, drink spring water, eat locally grown food in the lovely spa chalet, and enjoy the incredible view. In summer, hike, trek or paraglide from your doorstep; in winter ski the private run, snow shoe, dog sled, ice climb or sledge.


France

Get back to nature in a luxury handcrafted yurt in Southern France. Enjoy the duality of tranquility and adventure that the outdoors has to offer, while not sacrificing comfort. You won’t soon forget the ambience and atmosphere of this relaxing retreat.


Iceland

Discover the culture and nature of unique Iceland, where stunning empty landscapes and remote farm guesthouses will leave you rested and rejuvenated. Walking tours, horseback-riding tours, and custom tours available.


Stay on an Icelandic farm, where tranquility, nature, and adventure abound. Wild tracts of land, active volcanoes, and hot springs make this eco-adventure a memory to last a lifetime.


A stay at the heart of a Glacier offers stunning views, exciting wilderness adventures and the warmth of a country hotel with a deep respect for the environment.


Scandinavia

Join a polar sea kayaking expedition as a single or double. Led by experienced guides, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of these spectacular environments while also experiencing the local cultures.


Dog-sledding under the Northern Lights is one of the most unique adventures in Europe’s largest nature reserve. Family-run, friendly huskies, and lovingly hand-made sleds make this a warm and personal experience.

Help preserve the world’s remaining places of wilderness. Build leadership skills, become environmentally responsible, and develop personally through community-based projects, advocacy and education.



Greece

A quiet retreat on an unspoiled Greek isle surrounded by lush gardens and olive groves, this is the perfect setting for a romantic vacation or quality family time. After a taste of traditional Greek life in a beautiful island village, you will long to return year after year.


Silence, spring water, fresh air, and organic food are just a few of the attractions this traditional Cretan settlement has to offer. Environmental and cultural sustainability are paramount in this down-to-earth and welcoming community.


Italy

Enrich your trip to Italy with a stay at a biological, organic farm, where fresh air and good food make for a great holiday. Taste some of the farm’s products, such as vinegar, olive oil, wine, jams or honey-almonds, or even participate in seasonal harvesting.


High atop a Tuscan hill, this ancient castle-like villa built commands an impressive view on the rolling countryside. Stay in a bed-and-breakfast room in the villa, rent a restored farmhouse nearby, or volunteer for a period of time. The beautiful, authentic restorations, combined with extensive ecological restorations, sustainable utilities, and organic farming make this an ideal and unique eco-lodging experience. Hike, explore the small archeological museum, take a tour of the facility and surroundings, enjoy meals made with local and organic ingredients, take a cooking class, mountain bike, swim, see wildlife and participate in educational seminars.

This permaculture-based ecovillage nestled in the Italian Maritime Alps, just minutes from the Mediterranean, welcomes visitors to join their community as short term guests or longer-term volunteers. Eat delicious community meals prepared with local and organic ingredients, and take a course on sustainability. Explore the complex, restored 160 room stone structure connected by ancient stairways and arches. Several hikes and treks take off from the village through beautiful country-side.

For history and antique buffs who want to get away from technology for awhile, this peaceful, restored, solar-powered peasant farmhouse in Chianti will be a treat. Each fully equipped, rustic apartment has its own outdoor space, overlooking the beautiful countryside, organic farm, stone terraces and a pond. The restoration includes period peasant furniture and many antique farm implements, including a working outdoor oven. The friendly owners are very informative about the local history.

This restored villa in the flat farmland of the centrally-located Lombard Region is a friendly place for people of all ages. There are many activities to delight—soccer, mountain-biking, archery, horse riding, a large gym, ping-pong, and swimming. Meals are available in the charming adjacent restaurant. Organic farm products are also available, as are tasting tours of farms in the local organic consortium.

This solar powered 1930s farmhouse has been restored with an elegant, modern flair. Stay in a comfortable room or rent the thoughtfully equipped apartment. The friendly hosts can and preserve many of the organic products they grow and provide home-cooked meals. The pool is in a lovely setting that looks out on the beautiful rolling country-side, with the UNESCO Heritage town on Urbino in view across the wide valley. Ride a horse, walk, or lie in the hammock to relax.



Portugal/Spain

The ecological, cultural and artistic environment of Sintra Cascais Natural Park is a private paradise where guests can pick their own oranges straight from the trees. You are welcome to stay on this family-run certified organic farm for a weekend or an entire season.


Practice Tai Chi or enjoy a relaxing massage after a day of exploration in the Redes Nature Reserve. Enjoy your room containing only natural products, and feast on homemade healthy food. You will have the opportunity to learn how to make fruit preserves, cleaning products or cosmetics with natural products only.

Malta


Eco-lodges and hotels in beautiful and historic Malta await your arrival. Take educational and historical tours, enjoy the sun, and relax on this unique Mediterranean island.



ASIA


General

Take an ethical holiday based on the appreciation and respect of the local environment and culture. Make a difference while visiting fascinating monuments, discovering parks and wildlife, sampling local dishes and staying in local family-run hotels and rural villages.


Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.


Have a meaningful travel experience whether you choose to volunteer, work, or tour abroad. Support international community development as a volunteer, or take an enriching cultural, humanitarian, or eco- tour.


Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.


Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.


Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.


Korea

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.


Indonesia

Stay with Orangutans in the wild, in addition to lots of other tropical wildlife. Hear the cries of the jungle from your eco-lodge accommodation accessible only by boat, and feel good knowing your holiday is directly supporting this diverse jungle environment.


Laos

Enjoy a comfortable, intimate experience in an exotic environment. Observe elephants, water buffalo, and other local wildlife, watch the starry skies away from the lights of any big city, and relax in your simple but spacious wetland bungalow.


Founded on a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives and the planet, this non-commercial tour company will take you off the beaten path to encounter exotic local wildlife up close.


Malaysia

Traditional yet contemporary, stylish and unique, this resort is the perfect setting for your tropical island getaway. Escape to a serene lagoon, cruise around the romantic neighboring islands, or unwind in the hip Asian bar and lounge.


Philippines

Find comfort in beachfront cottages, water cottages built on stilts above the waves, or traditional thatched-roof cottages made with local materials. Kayak in an intimate lagoon under limestone cliffs or between islands in the crystal clear waters along white sand beaches. Beachside dining offers a unique and enjoyable experience for guests.


Thailand

Explore the world’s oldest rainforest, trek by elephant, navigate the mangroves, and discover traditional Thai culture. To learn even more about local culture and environment, sign up for a 6-day volunteer project.


Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.


Founded on a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives and the planet, this non-commercial tour company will take you off the beaten path to encounter exotic local wildlife up close.

The perfect trip awaits skiers, snowboarders, rafters, climbers, cyclists, and all-around adventure lovers. Whether your ideal destination is snow, sea, or somewhere in between, we’ have got and adventure for you.


India/Sri Lanka

A nature reserve, eco-lodge, and organic farm, this is a nature-lovers dream vacation. Take treks and nature walks throughout the bio-diverse reserve, sample the local shade-grown coffee, or take a horse-trek with the on-site stables.

This Himalayan resort built in British colonial style has breathtaking mountain views and is only a short drive from the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. For insight into local culture, take a village tour, where you can experience genuine hospitality in an overnight visit at a village guesthouse.

Indulge in a personalized wildlife experience from a tented camp overlooking a lake on the edge of the pristine Kanha Tiger Reserve. Visiting a local village, taking a morning walk through the jungle, and swimming in the Banjar river are just a few of the many activities available to guests.

Discover the archaeology, history, culture, and spectacular environments of North and South India. Whether you’re looking for sun at the beach, or trekking in the mountains, this is sure to be a hassle-free, enjoyable holiday.

Explore India’s many ecosystems, from its freezing mountains to its tropical and evergreen forests, from its dry deserts to its sandy beaches. There is something for everyone on this hugely diverse sub-continent. Relax and discover all that is India with the help of friendly guides concerned with environmental and cultural sustainability, as well as your safety and enjoyment.

A holiday in Sri Lanka is unlike any other, with adventure and wildlife, hiking and trekking, diving and surfing, and country bungalows. For a really unforgettable experience, try hot air ballooning or helicopter rides over the island’s dramatic landscape.


Vietnam/Cambodia

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime as you travel in memorable style to classic destinations. Culinary, cultural, and walking tours introduce you to a region’s people and culture with ease and relaxation. Family journeys and custom trips are also available.


Nepal/Tibet/Mongolia

When it comes to adventurous holidays, this Nepali eco-tour operator has it all- cultural tours, trekking, rafting and canoeing, safaris, birdwatching, and much, much more. For those who need some serious relaxation, there are well-being activities that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Whether it’s horseback-riding across Mongolia, trekking the Gobi, exploring the temples of Tibet or the grasslands of Nepal, discerning travelers will find their niche as explorers, archaeologists, or simply responsible tourists.

Do something different and take a tour of Nepali festivals, a flight around Mt. Everest, or a pilgrimage to major Hindu and Buddhist sites. For the nature lovers, there is excellent bird watching, jungle safaris and incomparable trekking. Try these tours once, and you will come back year after year.

An eco-lodge featuring traditional Gers in the stunning Gobi landscape, this is the perfect base for camel treks, desert exploration, or discovering the local community. For those in need of a really unique experience, try digging for dinosaur bones under the guidance of a paleontologist at the legendary Flaming Cliffs.

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.


Africa


General

Have a meaningful travel experience whether you choose to volunteer, work, or tour abroad. Support international community development as a volunteer, or take an enriching cultural, humanitarian, or eco- tour.

Discover indigenous cultures, stunning mountain ranges, vast deserts, and the joys of trekking- both with and without camels. Both culturally and environmentally responsible.

Start checking off your life to-do list. Enjoy small-group active adventures to exotic and beautiful destinations. Independent, custom travel is also available.

Taking you to the ends of the earth and back, this tour operator combines high quality adventure activities and locations with experienced guides for a trip you’ll wish would never end.

Take a fun and enriching bicycle tour with a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting sustainable transport, responsible travel, and cross-cultural educational programs.

Join outstanding conservationists in a real wilderness experience that is designed to help you return to your nature origins and tap a deep sense of inspiration.

Cycling holidays and biking adventures await, with tours and expeditions worldwide. Whether it’s off-road or easy-paced, these holidays will leave you energized and enriched.

The little-explored region of Central Africa has a lot to offer the adventure traveler. Discover Pygmy culture, track gorillas, swim in hidden waterfalls, and explore local villages and cities.

Authentic and worldwide explorations for inquisitive travelers, these tours include boutique accommodations, extraordinary itineraries and exceptional native guides. This is a trip you’ll never forget.

Enriching journeys and driving adventures lie ahead. These safaris are perfect for playful individuals who want a little something more out of their vacation.

Individual Countries

Adventure travel in Mali means camel trekking across the Sahara, river trips on the Niger, and lots of local culture. Trips are tailor-made to accommodate your personal interests and budget.

Track the endangered Mountain Gorilla on the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda, where famed primatologist Dian Fossey dedicated her life to protecting these gentle giants. Learn about the threats facing the Mountain Gorilla, and what you can do to help.

Explore Ghana with community-based eco-tourism. The towering waterfalls, historical caves, vast greenlands, and of course vibrant culture are a few of the highlights the colorful region of Hohoe has to offer.

Experience all The Gambia has to offer from the comfort of a traditional African village compound and eco-lodge. Try the bird watching and fishing-they are especially good in this colorful West African country.

Uganda has it all, mountains and savannahs, rainforests and glaciers-and no crowds. Visit countless national parks, track and observe mountain gorillas, and enjoy in the friendly and hospitable local culture. This is a safari you’ll never forget.

African Islands

Do everything or do nothing at this retreat in a small fishing village and nature reserve at the end of the world. With white-sand beaches and endless sunshine year-round, elegant cuisine and broad terraces facing the sea, you’ll never forget your stay in this tropical Eden.

Bird Island, the Northern-most island in the Seychelles, with coral sand beaches and tropical shallow waters perfect for swimming, offers accommodation with hospitality, relaxation, and simplicity like no other. Apart from guests and staff, the island has no inhabitants.

Madagascar is truly a nature-lover’s dream, with an incredible concentration of life and three different ecosystems. Don’t forget your camera on this one-in-a-lifetime tour, accompanied by renowned wildlife photographer Kevin Schafer.

North Africa

Relax at this ecologically sensitive desert lodge built in the traditional style of local architecture, overlooking a beautiful oasis surrounded by pink cliffs. Explore the nearby Neolithic rock paintings, the distant sand dunes of the Sahara, and the unique village of Al Qasr.

Discover the tranquil landscape of the Tunisian Sahara by camel back as your local guides pass on their expert knowledge. Explore the peaceful but bustling town of Douz, drinking tea with locals and shopping for souvenirs.

Morocco is an exotic environment of unspoiled coastlines, cool mountains, vast deserts, lush oases, and medieval cities & towns. Make your stay as authentic as possible with traditional accommodation, knowledgeable staff, and activities so suit everyone’s interests.

Experience traditional cultures and exciting environments at these charming eco-lodges. Gorge yourself on exotic local cuisine, and work it off hiking and racing camels. Your stay helps support sustainable development.

Kenya

Stay at the only luxury safari camp located in the heart of the prime viewing area in the Maasai Mara, directly on the route of the Wildebeest Migration. Take a hot air balloon safari and get a bird’s eye view of the Mara, or get up close and personal with a walking tour. Traditional jeep safaris are also available, as are relaxing spa services to finish off your day.

See the sights of Kenya on a non-profit eco-safari, supporting local communities and conservation. Stay in the finest eco-lodges, meet the friendly local tribes, and feel good in the fact that you can travel and make a difference.

Tour Kenya’s finest wildlife areas on safaris you are sure to enjoy. Stay in exclusive safari camps and enjoy the African wilderness without the presence and distraction of other tourist vehicles. This sustainable tourism venture both supports the local environment and community and ensures you a rewarding experience.

Maasai-led walking tours, truly wild wildlife, outstanding biodiversity, and the warmth of a family-run guesthouse make this an experience you’ll never forget. Maasai culture is beautiful and courageous, Kenyan wilderness is vast and full of life; the combination is unforgettable.

The perfect trip awaits skiers, snowboarders, rafters, climbers, cyclists, and all-around adventure lovers. Whether your ideal destination is snow, sea, or somewhere in between, we have got an adventure for you.

Help preserve the world’s remaining places of wilderness. Build leadership skills, become environmentally responsible, and develop personally through community-based projects, advocacy and education.

Southern Africa

Comfortable, peaceful and affordable, this eco-lodge is surrounded by the nature and beauty of national parks and reserves. The personal atmosphere and service, as well as a strong commitment to environmental conservation and cultural sustainability make this a special destination.

A lion sanctuary in the heart of South Africa, this park provides a lifetime of care where these majestic animals can life safe, full lives. Stay as a guest in a traditional tented camp among the park’s lions for an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Walk with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, learning about day-to-day survival as a traditional hunter gatherer, and gain insight into their culture and spirituality. This is a wonderful way to both experience and help preserve a dying culture.

Help preserve the world’s remaining places of wilderness. Build leadership skills, become environmentally responsible, and develop personally through community-based projects, advocacy and education.

EcoTourism Policies

All of our suppliers have been recommended by an independent travel source that focuses on eco-tourism and/or responsible travel.

These sources include award sites, specialty sites, eco-tourism associations, books, specialty periodicals, referrals and personal visits.

To us, Eco-tourism means travel that minimizes the traveler’s negative environmental impact, and at best, produces some environmental good. An eco-traveler typically spends time enjoying, studying and/or appreciating the local natural environment. Eco-travelers often make use of human powered or energy conserving transportation such as bicycles, trains or their own feet. The traveler’s environmental awareness and respect are increased, and conservation is promoted.

Many eco-travelers stay in eco-lodging. Eco-lodging is built with sustainable materials, preserves the natural setting, reflects local design and heritage, contributes to local conservation efforts, and/or uses environmentally sound energy, water and waste systems.

A Closer Look Travel has contacts with eco-tour providers and eco-lodgings throughout the world. We would be glad to help you find the right match for your values and interests.

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