John Muir practiced ecotourism, Theodore Roosevelt practiced ecotourism, and today many travelers are also practicing ecotourism. But what the heck is ecotourism?
Basically, ecotourism or “green travel” is nothing more than
environmentally responsible travel. This includes such activities as
hiking, birdwatching, photography, river rafting, and any form of travel
that is not harmful, disturbing, or detrimental to the natural surroundings.
In recent years some governments and private organizations have proven
that tourism and preservation of natural resources are not mutually exclusive
and can in fact support each other. One such country is Costa Rica. Costa
Rica has made it a national policy to preserve its natural resources
and has benefited from it to the extent that ecotourism has become its
second largest source of revenue, second only to coffee growing.
The California Native has always specialized in eco-friendly trips. When
you join us to explore the wilds of the Costa Rican rainforest, photograph
birds in Mexico’s Copper Canyon, or kayak through the cool, blue
waters off California's Channel Islands, you can be sure to have a great
time and at the same time know that your adventure is “eco-friendly.”