Eco-Tourism: Our look at the top eco-vacations around the world - Globetrotting Mama

Eco-tourism offers an authentic and immersive experience with accommodations that aim to put you in the heart of the untouched wilderness, while staying comfortably in a resort that leaves as small a carbon footprint as possible. It is a great way to travel. Experience eco-tourism with these 5 eco-resorts around the world that are doing an excellent job of bringing authentic experiences to travellers, and protecting the environment.

Eco-Tourism in South Africa: Bushman Kloofs Wilderness Reserve

Take in the magic of South African landscapes when you stay at this award-winning wilderness resort nestled in the heart of the Cederberg Mountains. Tour the ancient bush art paintings, and spy one of the 150 kinds of birds, 750 plant species and 35 species of animals that make this reserve home. Right now you can stay four nights but only pay for three.

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Eco-Tourism in Australia: Great Ocean Ecolodge

When you stay at the Great Ocean Ecolodge in Victoria’s Cape Otway, you are doing more than experiencing a fun family adventure: you are providing funding for the Conservation Ecology Centre. All profits from the lodge are invested into wildlife conservation. The Ecolodge is entirely solar powered and ecologically responsible. Enjoy yoga, spa treatments, and of course explore the wilderness and surroundings, including the Great Ocean Road beaches.

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Eco-Tourism in Costa Rica: Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca in Costa Rica sits overlooking the Central Valley with impressive views of both the valley below and the volcanoes above. This luxurious inn is located on the grounds of a working coffee plantation. Take a coffee tour, relax at the inn and explore Costa Rica with this as your homebase. Finca Rosa Blanca is the first sustainable hotel in Costa Rica, using sustainable tools so guests leave behind a much smaller footprint, including recycled materials in construction and maintenance, low flush toilets, solar panels and recycling programs for everything from pool water to coffee pulp.

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Eco-Tourism in Jamaica: Hotel Mockingbird Hill

This boutique eco-hotel is located in Port Antonio, Jamaica, minutes from Frenchman’s Cove Beach. The hotel has a sustainability plan which includes using solar panels and recycling methods, and also contributing to the health of their community and surroundings. The food served highlights local organic produce, and where possible sourced from on-site gardens. What an amazing way to experience Jamaica!

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Eco-Tourism in Canada: Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia Wilderness Resort & Hotel

This 5-star resort is located in the heart of the Tobeatic Wilderness, just 40 minutes from the Yarmouth ferry. If you are looking to escape and unplug, this is the place to do it – the accommodations are luxurious but the stay is definitely “back woods.” You will stay surrounded by nature and be well-positioned to experience all the outdoor activities you can fit into your busy days: forest bathing, star gazing, kayaking and more. The lodge re-opens for the season May 13, 2017.

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Eco-tourism is growing in popularity and with these authentic experiences it is easy to see why the conscientious traveller would choose an immersive environmental experience. Where will you go?

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