The Best International Ecotourism Destinations
From remote forest stays that let you disconnect from technology, to wildlife-focused holidays that reveal animals in their natural habitats, eco-friendly holidays allow access to the raw, less-seen beauty of popular destinations.
1. Costa Rica
Unplug at a remote forest lodge in Central Valley to experience sustainable tourism without electricity, WiFi, or technology.
See Iceland's stunning landscapes via tours that use methane or non-motorised vehicles, and stay in eco accommodation like Hótel Húsafell, recognized by National Geographic as one of the world's unique eco lodges.
Explore the mountainous Sierra Nevada National Park, home to unique vistas, mineral springs, over 50 lakes, and 2100 plant species. Or watch Cantabrian brown bears in their natural habitat of pastoral meadows and evergreen foliage in Somiedo Natural Park.
You'll find eco lodges all around Portugal, from the Moinho do Maneio green lodge outside the Natural Park of Serra da Malcata, to the Casa Vale da Lama Eco Resort in trendy Algarve.
Instead of Paris, hike the Trans-Pyrenees Trail, staying in eco lodges or camps, relaxing in hot springs, and exploring local cheese farms. Or camp in the hilly terrain of Aquitaine, surrounded by ancient castles and wine châteaux. Try organic wines at eco-minded wineries like Château Haut-Garrigue outside Bordeaux.
Give the elephant rides a miss. Instead, create lifelong memories with a visit to the forested Elephant Nature Park of Chiang Mai—play with, feed, and bathe these friendly rescued elephants.