Doing Eco-Tourism right

River Fluvia, Catalonia
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Ecotourism tries to give you the best of both worlds – you can pass through and save the globe at the same time! Ideally, operators of ecotours do the smallest amount of damage to nature while profits are ploughed back into the local economy moderately than siphoned off to line the pockets of multinational corporations. And ecotourism has had some perceptible successes —  gorilla-watching tours to Rwanda have been instrumental in preventing the disappearance of the great apes.

However, ecotourism also has its drawbacks. Most normally, tour operators have purely slapped the word “ecotours” onto their help, using it as a promotion ploy to bring about in uneasy punters while doing little or nothing to support the concrete ethics of ecotourism. But even authentic ecotours can pose troubles, in particular when they suit victims of their own triumph. Too many travelers have an certain influence on the local milieu, while habitually the scent of currency lures in developers who value a quick profit over sustainability.

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