Travel for Environmental Awareness
Collected by Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
Travel is a great form of firsthand education. To learn about the world you love exploring, plan a trip with the specific purpose of educating yourself about the natural environment. From glaciers to rain forests and rivers to oceans, this list introduces you to some of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems. These endangered places need travelers to take low-impact visits that promote, rather than exploit, their unique environments, and to spread the word about their plight.
Grinnell Glacier, Montana 59417, USA
From Many Glacier Hotel, we traveled by boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to begin our hike up Grinnell Glacier Trail. From the shore of Josephine, the hike to the top covers about four miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. The...
472 Te Anau-Milford Hwy, Te Anau 9679, New Zealand
A retreat fringed by swaying tussock grass on the edge of Lake Te Anau, Fiordland Lodge is the luxury choice for travelers visiting Fiordland National Park on the South Island. The lodge was designed to magnify the inspiring local environment;...
100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
At the Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz-Carlton's Dorado Beach Resort, there are a number of eco-adventure activities for kids and adults. With guides at my side, I embarked on an 1.5 hour journey into the forest. The knowledgeable...
141 Fourth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, Guyana
Whether you're interested in one day or two weeks, Wilderness Explorers makes getting around Guyana easy. Offering a number of hand-crafted itineraries to fit all budgets and adventure/fitness levels, they offer everything from a day trip to...
Valley of the Five Lakes, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
The Icefield Parkway isn’t just a highway linking Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta. It’s a 230-km road trip through the Canadian Rockies, past a series of emerald-green alpine lakes fed by nearby glaciers. The entire route connects Jasper and Banff...
Los Cabos, Lote D, Cabo Del Sol, 23410 Cd Gral Escobedo, N.L., Mexico
At the end of April I took my family of five camping on Baja California Sur’s Magdalena Bay. We joined the good folks at Grupo Tortuguero in their community and sea turtle conservation project – the information gathered provides data on health,...
160 Chemin du Tour de l'isle, Montréal, QC H3C 4G8, Canada
Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere, constructed for the 1967 Montreal Expo, is one of the city's most iconic buildings. Ironically, the 20-story Biosphere was intended to be a temporary structure, but construction crews chose to weld, rather than...
Karen Hardy, Nairobi, Kenya
At Giraffe Manor in the Karen section of Nairobi you'll wake up to the hotel's namesake animals joining you for breakfast, or perhaps poking their heads into your room as you get ready for your day. A herd of giraffe share the 12 acres of grounds...
Eco-tourism has been the driver of the Galapagos economy since the 1970s, and it's one of the main reasons that certain species of animals have rebounded from record-low numbers in the 1950s and '60s. Every visitor to the islands contributes to...
Isabela Island, Ecuador
The landscape of northern Isabela Island is remarkable. This terrain, between Punta Albemarle and Punta Vicente Roca is some of the most remarkable in all of the Galapagos Islands, and often missed by folks spying birds, turtles, and sea lions...
Petersburg Road Off the R63 to Pearston, Graaff-Reinet, 6280, South Africa
Samara brought a land back to life. Recovered from years of agricultural damage, the beautiful preserve in the Great Karoo will take your breath away. Get here soon to witness the famous matriarch cheetah, Sibella, raise her 20th cub in the wild....
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