Those who love the outdoors, staying active, and experiencing culture will want to add these getaways to their list of next eco-adventures.
For those who love the outdoors, staying active, and experiencing culture through nature, nothing beats embarking on an eco-adventure. One of the newest trends in travel, ecotourism promotes responsible travel that doesn’t negatively impact the surrounding community. Think less all-inclusive vacation resorts and more simple environments with understated natural living. Eco-adventure opportunities are available throughout the world. Consider these ideas for booking your next natural experience:
Cape Town, South Africa
To get a bird’s eye view of Cape Town, consider planning a visit that includes a hike up to Lion’s Head peak. This hour-long walk is engaging and results in the ultimate eco-adventure in one of the world’s top 10 green cities. Endless biking, walking, and even horseback riding make it a prime destination for the eco-lover.
In Cape Town, visit South Africa’s first environmentally conscious mall or the Rondevlei Nature Reserve. Stop by an organic market, such as The Neighbourgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, to stock up on healthy snacks and travel supplies.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s philosophy is simply “Pura Vida,” which loosely translates to living the pure life — perfect for any eco-tourist. Enjoy an abundance of green activities at Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can watch monkeys, sloths, and toucans while kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing on pristine beaches. Numerous environmentally conscious villas dot the area, and various restaurants offer inexpensive local cuisine with distinct Latin American flair.
Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city, offers opportunities for whale watching, and the Golden Circle’s geysers erupt every few minutes. If you’re planning a winter getaway, be sure to include an expedition to see the Northern Lights, which are visible in the dark, clear skies here. Hiking in glaciers, snorkeling in between continents, and soaking in hot springs are just a few of the treats Iceland has to offer as an eco-adventure destination.
For a truly traditional eco-adventure, take a mule ride around the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Learn about the majestic geologic formations that make up the canyon, and cross the Colorado River on a daring suspension bridge. Camp in the canyon overnight, and plan the next day’s hike to beautiful Havasu Falls. Park passes are reasonably priced, and many eco-lodges are available for relaxing before the next big adventure.
For those without a passport, very few places can beat St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands for an eco-adventure. The 19-square-mile island consists primarily of national park land preserved by Laurance Rockefeller and features the picturesque Concordia Eco-Resort, which offers quick access to miles of hiking trails, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and even yoga. Fly into St. Thomas and take the 20-minute ferry before becoming peacefully enveloped in nature.
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