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Eco Tours

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Even before Al Gore's Oscar-winning movie became such a big deal, the concept of eco tours was already going strong in the travel world. In fact, environmentally friendly travel is increasingly big business, and more and more tour opportunities are springing up every year for the eco-conscious traveler to take advantage of. Some of the destinations associated with green travel are going to be familiar to you, but others may make you alter your travel plans in order to stay on the green side of things.

What makes eco tours "eco" can be a matter of debate, depending on who you are talking to, but generally speaking the idea is that as a visitor you are not doing anything to damage the environment you are visiting. That could be something as simple as choosing to do a Segway tour of a city rather than hop on a gas-guzzling bus, or it could mean that you book an exciting overnight trip into the Fraser Island rainforest in Australia. The options are much more varied and interesting than they were even 10 years ago.

You can choose eco tours depending on your budget and the amount of time you have to devote to a trip. There are eco-friendly tours that are a couple of hours long, full days, and several days long - and they span all budget ranges. Since the focus is often on the environment, it is not surprising that many of the destinations you will find listed here are in or near protected wilderness areas where you can get a close up look at the local flora and fauna - while still leaving the environment in a way that other people will also be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Some of the places which are well-known for their focus on eco tours include Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Australia - but as mentioned, there are plenty of places around the world where you can make environmentally friendly choices in the tours you are taking. In the end, the objective is to leave the planet in no worse condition than it is already in - but that does not mean you have to stop traveling to do that. On the contrary, being eco-conscious can make your travels even more interesting and meaningful.