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The Beauty of Ecotourism

3 May 2011 3 Comments
 

While the term “ecotourism” may be modern, its ideals have been practiced by responsible travelers for decades. Mick and Lucy Fleming demonstrated a dedication to these principles back in ’81 when they established Chaa Creek Belize. Because their goal was to create a haven for conscientious travelers who wanted more from their experience than just souvenirs and a sunburn, Chaa Creek offers the opportunity to truly integrate with nature and culture.

Some vacationers view ecotourism with skepticism, thinking it’s merely a less fun form of travel. On the contrary, ecotourism allows adventurous souls the opportunity to learn about their environment and access it in a much fuller way than the average tourist. They are able to make exciting discoveries and leave their destination better than they found it, instead of lounging at a resort pool, complaining that no one speaks their language.

I have always been fascinated by culture and world heritage. When I travel to a new destination, my main objective is to meet the locals and learn more about their language, traditions and challenges. It has been my privilege to meet with fascinating individuals around the globe and to hear their stories. Of all the places I’ve been, Belize presented some of my most unforgettable experiences. This is why I’m so grateful that Chaa Creek is committed to preserving the regional culture and its precious ties to the ecosystem.

On my next trip to Belize, I will definitely be visiting Chaa Creek. The Macal River offers some of the wildest and most beautiful terrain on the Yucatán, making the lodge’s location second to none. With their unwavering dedication to ecology and culture, it’s no wonder that National Geographic Adventure and Condé Nast have taken notice. Chaa Creek is the perfect way to experience the best in ecotourism.

Photo credit:http://www.higgiblog.com

 

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  • Jennifer Vance said:

    I love this article! It’s makes a lot of great points about ecotourism and I’m happy to see that other people support the preservation of culture and nature. I totally want to visit Chaa Creek now!

  • Aldo Montgomery said:

    Very intriguing article. I found it quite enlightening. I applaud your writing, bravo!

  • www.spordans.net said:

    Learning About Ecotourism…

    You will find that many people are aware of eco-tourism and influences, but there are more people who do not know what could or could mean. You need to get the gist of the concept to really understand what ecotourism really is. You have to think about …

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