During the past few decades tourism industry has witnessed a gradual shift toward sustainable tourism or ecotourism. Ecotourism is a wide term that includes nature, wildlife, adventure, cultural, and farm tourism. Latin America is a dream destination for anyone who has interest in ecotourism because of its amazing integration of nature and culture.
With an incredible wealth of nature and wildlife Latin America has a myriad of destinations that you would love to explore. Following is a snapshot of ecotourism in Latin America:
Mexico: Mexico is a mega biodiverse country where you can immerse yourself into an adventurous world of wilderness. Sian Ka’an, Sierra Madre del Sur, Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, Malinche National Park, Baja California, Sonora, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Copper Canyon, Veracruz are some popular destinations where you can enjoy mountains, lakes, coastline with typical tropical flora and fauna. Visit here for affordable holidays apartments
Brazil: Brazil is another mega biodiverse country that attracts millions of tourists every year. Although Brazil is known more for its beaches than for wildlife enthusiasts it is a blessing to be in the country of Amazon basin that houses many endangered species like golden-headed lion tamarin and the yellow-breasted capuchin monkey. Apart from Amazon, the tropical wetland of Pantanal, national parks of Chapada dos Guimarães (Mato Grosso), Chapada dos Veadeiros (Goiás) and Chapada Diamantina (Bahia) has several natural waterfalls and caves that is attracting visitors across the globe.
Argentina: If you love aquatic animals then Valdez Peninsula is a place where you could watch several exotic species such as whale, penguins, sea lions, and seals. For hiking lovers there are wonderful glaciers such as El Calafate, Perito Moreno, Upsala, Mayo, and Spegazzini. Iguazu Falls is another amazing destination for nature lovers. Humahuaca, Talampaya National Park, Seven Lakes region of Rio Negro and Jujuy are exciting places to explore some of the pristine areas in Argentina.
Bolivia: It is a mega biodiverse country that harbors more than 800 species of birds and 11 percent of world’s species of flora and fauna. Amboro National Park, Madidi National Park, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park are some of the most famous ecotourism destinations in Bolivia.
Chile: For a nature lover, Chile is one of the most sought after vacation destination. Puritama Hot Springs, Torre del National Park, Petrohue Waterfalls and Valle Nevado offer some of the best hiking locations in the world. With beautiful beaches, national parks, and islands is a spectacular place that is worth to visit.
Colombia: Colombia has some wonderful places to visit but it is still not a very popular tourist destination. It is a mega biodiverse country. Bahia Aguacate, Cabo de la Vela, Mesa de Los Santos, Palomino, and Barichara are some of the places where you can enjoy nature in its most serene form.
Costa Rica: Costa Rica is one of the few countries that have protected its environment and biodiversity along with the economic growth. No wonder the country is included in the list of mega biodiverse countries of the world. The country has several national parks such as Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Corcovado National Park, Barra del Colorado, Tortuguero, and volcanoes like Irazú, Poás, and Arenal has immense potential that can be explored.
Ecuador: Ecuador is a mega biodiverse country that can amaze anyone with its wide range of endemic flora and fauna. Be it the Galapagos islands, Cloud Forest, Andean Sierra or Amazon rainforest Ecuador has incredible natural resources. The country is well known for its wonderful sustainable tourism.
Honduras: Visit Honduras for its breath-taking national parks, biosphere reserves, mangroves, rainforests and coral reefs. In northern hemisphere La Mosquitia is the largest virgin tropical rainforest whereas, the Barbareta Marine National Park has a 1,250 acres of parrot reserve.
Peru: Another Latin American megabiodiverse country, Peruvian ecotourism offers altogether a different experience. Although Peru is better known for the citadel of Machu Picchu but it is the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Titicaca Lake, and Tambopata National Reserve that bring nature lovers again and again to Peru.
Venezuela: Venezuela is not yet as explored as another Latin American countries but it is a megabiodiverse country with fabulous Caribbean coastline, tropical rainforests, and savannas. The country has 25 ecosystems and 40 national parks where you can enjoy adventure sports, bird watching, and nature trails. The most popular tourist destination in Venezuela is the Angel Falls in the Canaima National Park which is the world’s highest waterfall.
Only 17 countries across the globe have been identified as megabiodiverse and out of that six are in Latin America. No doubt Latin American countries have conserved and promoted their ecosystems as an ultimate destination for accessible vacation rentals. There are several locales that are yet to be explored and for passionate eco-tourists no other place can provide such a fascinating world of flora and fauna.