2019 is about choosing good destinations that offer impactful travel experiences for visitors and locals alike. Choosing destinations that will be memorable for your family while also socially, economically, and environmentally beneficial for the local community. Here’s our list of 2019 best ecotourism destinations:
1. Peloponnese, Greece
The majestic peninsula of Peloponnese is home to local tavernas, picturesque villages, ancient sites, and stunning stretches of coast. Best of all, it’s delightfully unhurried and free of hype. Our Peloponnese travel experience focuses on sustainability and cultural immersion. You will experience agritourism, biking, tastings, cooking classes, horseback riding, soap making, and sailing activities. Furthermore, you’ll experience Athens like a true local.
2. Amazon, Brazil
Over 80,000 plant species and some 30 million animal species (collectively more than 1/3 of all species in the world) call the Amazon rainforest home. Furthermore, since river travel is the most efficient method of transportation in the Amazon, a boat tour allows travelers to cruise through backwaters, tributaries, and lakes. Our family cruise itinerary offers the full Brazilian Amazon experience. You’ll explore Manaus, hike Jau’s paths, admire waterfalls, swim creeks, and visit riverside communities where you and your family can learn about traditions and make a difference.
Jordan is safe and spectacular! It also has a varied terrain (from forests to deserts) and a long history of hospitality and culinary traditions. During our fully guided experiential tour, all of your senses will be charmed by Jordan’s people, food, vistas, history, and sustainable tourism efforts. Likewise, you may even begin to think of yourself as the Lawrence of Arabia (or Gertrude Bell) of the 21st century and wonder why it took you so long to fulfill this part of your travel bucket list.
The island of Mauritius is not well-known by Americans or Canadians. However, that is not to say that it is not worth the long hours in the air. Mauritius is an entire nation of immigrants, many of which are from India. The official language is English. Also, a good portion of the island is surrounded by an outer reef, which creates the calm and blue lagoons that are perfect for swimming and water sports. During our adventure, you will enjoy family-bonding activities that take you further from the beaches to discover Mauritius’ cultural and natural gems.
Even with the recent changes from the current US Administration, Americans can still travel to Cuba under the Support for the Cuban People category. In general, you’ll need to stay at a casa particular or Airbnb, support and engage with local businesses and independent entrepreneurs like artists, musicians, food vendors, or filmmakers, eat at local restaurants or paladares, and avoid military-owned businesses. For our featured walking tour, you will visit with naturalist guides, farmers, historians, national park officials, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. In addition, to deepen the educational and cultural exchange aspects of this trip, you’ll stay in some casa particulares.
Bolivia is one of South America’s most diverse and intriguing countries. It is seldom visited, given that it is sandwiched between the two more popular countries of Brazil and Chile, but Bolivia certainly worth a look. Our family-friendly program takes you from the hip city of La Paz to the steamy cloud forests of the Yungas region. Furthermore, you’ll experience the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats and Eduardo Avaroa Reserve with its colored lakes and lunar landscapes.
Bulgaria is the next hot destination for family travelers. First of all, it is safe and offers many options for hikers, foodies, history buffs, and beach bums. Also, the eastern part of the Thrace and Rhodope Mountain region of Bulgaria is rarely-visited. Furthermore, it is a pilot area for the Rewilding Europe Program. Finally, in combination with a good standard of service, our experience offers Roman stadiums, birdwatching, kayaking, and agritourism.