Ecotourism: facts and fiction
Ecotourism – one of leading trends in the tourist’s industry of the last years. To understand the sea of the advertizing offers abounding with the words "ecotourism" and "geotourism", we in this article will try to define for ourselves these concepts and to separate the truth about ecotourism from advertizing fiction. The ecotourism is the whole niche in the tourism market within which travel is offered to the tourist, or other tourist service, in such form that the tourist during rest did not put in general any damage to environment, or minimized this damage, or even promoted recovery of ecology there where it goes. In other words, from you as from the ecotourist, will expect respect for culture and traditions of that place where you go, behavior which will not harm, and on the contrary, will protect local flora and fauna, and in general extremely accurate relation to the nature and ecology.
It is necessary to add that often ecotourism – not simply "trouble", and an urgent need: let’s tell, when the place where you go, is a part to a fragile natural ecosystem, affect on which unintentional murder got to you on a way of an insect can even. As an example, it is possible to give the tropical coral reeves which are extremely sensitive to any extraneous intervention, national parks, reserves and other territories being under protection of the state or the international organizations.
Separating myths from the facts
Myth: Ecotourism it is very expensive.
Actually: It is the main invention connected with ecotourism. Actually, the majority of travelers in the wanderings prefers to get acquainted with locals, and also features of those countries and territories where these locals live – for example, to learn something new about local traditions, culture and the nature. Certainly, travel agencies adore to make profit of effect «immersions on live Wednesday», and it can appear that you overpay extremely expensively for licked and improbable "show-window" when, having departed on a step or two trips from the planned program, tremendous possibility to get acquainted with local customs could be presented to you as they are. Be attentive, try to find out in advance in detail about that place where want to go.
Myth: Ekogostinitsa and comfort of the class "luxury" are incompatible.
Actually: Often, when conversation comes about ecotourism, it is supposed that it is a question of a safari in the jungle, spending the night in tents and stay in the wildest and remote corners of a planet. All these associations arise because ecotourism constantly advertize by means of pictures with any native tribes, fauna of the jungle, the woods and to that in similar pieces. The fact that in practice everything is exactly the opposite. Yes, the ecotourist can decide for itself that he will travel in the most budgetary option, with a stewed meat and tents. But at the same time, there is a great lot of luxury hotels which pay a tribute to ecotourism, carefully supervising emissions in environment, using only natural materials at construction and furnish of rooms, and without breaking tranquillity surrounding the location of hotel of wildlife.
Myth: The ecotourism means trips to Third World countries.
Actually: Ekoputeshestviye can be made absolutely in any corner of the world – for example, to Norway or Great Britain.
Myth: The ecotourism means humanitarian assistance and social work, instead of cheerful and easy rest.
Actually: anything similar. Certainly, you can register in the program «Doctors without Borders» or to become the volunteer in any other program of the help to inhabitants, for example, the poorest countries of Africa. But it is not so obligatory. The majority of ecotourists simply love the nature and want, that their actions caused to it minimum possible loss. So to stop in hotel an electricity in which the solar batteries established on a roof – already provide ecotourism!
Myth: Ecotourism – only for adults.
Actually: It is not told anywhere that only the adult person can be the ecotourist. It is more than that, many families make what rounds in full strength, after all the poznavatelnost of such trip for your children is difficult for overestimating.
That it is necessary to know, going to what round
Now there were some books with helps that who thinks of what travel. As a whole, the essence described in these books can be reduced to the list presented below:
Respect culture and the nature of those places which you visit. Be convinced that yours clothes and behavior do not offend locals.
Honor the nature, follow its laws. Try not to put to it harm – after all even purchase of ornaments from an ivory means that it is favorable to locals to kill elephants. Outdoors try to behave quietly, quietly and not to involve attention of dangerous predators.
Remember – the condition of an ecosystem of that place where you appeared can depend on your cleanliness. In other words, having spent days off in a campaign, do not forget to take away with itself garbage.
And in general. the ecotourism should be considered as special possibility to live and perceive world around how it is done by people in those places where you go to travel. Try to respect others and to care of environment – and soon you will become the exemplary ecotourist!