Not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way – maybe between the marketing of hemp clothing and natural cleaning products – the concept of a having green lifestyle became a bit, dare I say, boring. Fortunately, this is not the case with green travel.
While there are many meaningful and unique travel experiences to choose from that also happen to benefit communities socially, economically and environmentally, some of these voyages are downright extreme! Here are a few that will get your heart-pumping!
Volcano Boarding & Surfing in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is fast developing a name for itself in the eco-travel industry – and for good reason! They’ve not only got fully loaded, high adrenaline activities to spare from zip lining through the cloud forest to volcano boarding on an active volcano, to catamaran sailing to surfing, trips also support reforestation, forest conservation, and local conservation programs.
Whitewater Rafting to Your Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica
An experience like no other! It’s one thing to stay at an eco-lodge and entirely another to have to whitewater raft your way through Class III-IV rapids to get there! Then, once you arrive at the eco-lodge, it will be surprising just how easy it is to exist without electricity! A stay here benefits the local Cabecar Indian community.
Read an article on tips for making your whitewater rafting experience safe.
Mountain Biking to Machu Picchu
Bike your way through Cusco Heights, the Archaeological Park of Moray, salt pans of Maras, Lares Mountain Pass, and the Sacred Valley before taking a final one-day hike to Machu Picchu. This trip, which is perfect for sport-lovers, promotes small businesses and cultural immersion along the way.
This National Geographic award-winning experience combines the best of Sweden’s most southerly wilderness and adventure. You’ll start out by building your own timber raft (a la Tom Sawyer) out of logs and ropes and then make your way down the Klarälven River for three days. Each day, you’ll pass by local villages and each evening, you’ll take an active part in cooking dinner – with dishes that are inspired by local specialties – before camping out under the stars. You’ll connect with nature in a whole new way!