Over the past two decades, eco-tourism has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the travel industry. Defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people,” this concept appeals to the rising number of people interested in social responsibility, similar to the booming organic food industry and the increasing prevalence of sustainable home modifications. More and more people understand the urgency to minimize the negative impacts of their lifestyles, and thus they adapt by considering options that benefit both themselves and those around them.
As eco-tourism and other eco-friendly endeavors gain traction, avid travelers seek destinations that allow them to pursue their hobby. Patagonia is most definitely a location that fits the bill. Its snowcapped mountains, gargantuan glaciers, and expansive, windswept lakes provide the scenery and sense of untouched nature any destination traveler desires.
Eco-Friendly Nature Watching
If you are a nature lover, Patagonia tourism is for you! Patagonia has unique flora and fauna, breathtaking sunsets, migrating whales, penguins and more. Patagonia is also internationally known as a premier bird watching destination. Imagine whale-watching in Puerto Piramides, perusing penguins at the Seno Otway Penguin Colony or admiring the wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park. There are many opportunities to see and get up close with nature in a friendly way.
Part of the appeal of visiting Patagonia is the adventure. Adventurous tourists will trek through reserves and national parks, kayak the waters, admire stunning landscapes or even enjoy an eco-friendly camping trip alongside the native wildlife. Patagonia tourism is for those hungry for exploration and who want to be intertwined with nature.
Group Travel is Eco-Friendly Travel
Not only is Patagonia the perfect place for eco-friendly travel, but group travel (like smarTours’ Patagonia tour) is arguably one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel. Much like using public transportation is the most environmentally sensitive way to commute, group travel minimizes the environmental impact created by travelers and helps preserve natural wonders like Patagonia.
If you’re interested in learning more about eco-tourism and sustainable tourism, visit The International Ecotourism Society.
If you’re ready to add incredible Patagonia to your list of eco-friendly travels, learn more about our tour package to Patagonia including Buenos Aires. Call 1-800-337-7773 for more information.