Travelling is always exciting, but many destinations around the world end up losing their traditional and natural charms due to the huge influx of tourists, as well as the facilities catering to tourists. A green destination is one that can offer sustainable tourism, with plenty of thought and effort put into green and sustainable travel. OROGOLD reviews the best green destinations of 2015.
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
One of the most green destinations in the world, with everything from eco-friendly tourism projects to eco-friendly construction materials, Costa Rica is an ideal location for eco-conscious travelers. Tortuguero, a village and a national park, is located at Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast, and even though it is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the country, the fact that it has no roads and is in quite a remote location means that tourists can enjoy some peace and tranquility. One of OROGOLD’s favorite Tortuguero attractions are the turtle nests that get built along the 20 mile stretch of black volcanic beach, where tourists can join a nocturnal turtle-watching tour to watch the little babies hatch.
Ladakh, in the north of India, shares a border with Tibet, and has a lunar-like landscape that will make you feel as though you have stepped onto the moon. Unlike in many parts of Europe, where wildlife gets brutally caught in thrown out plastic carrier bags, the wildlife in Ladakh lives happily and safely with the knowledge that plastic has been banned since 2007. The people of Ladakh are welcoming and friendly, and always ready to promote green tourism, with many locals offering different communities the opportunity to learn more about sustainable development and eco-farming methods, knowledge which will help to preserve the jagged peaks of the Himalayas for generations to come.
Palau has long since been one of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling destinations in the world, and, with plans to extend full protection to over 80% of their marine life, Palau is set to become the best diving destination on the planet. The new Palau National Marine Sanctuary will protect an area of the ocean the size of Texas, banning any fishing on an industrial scale in order to ensure that their underwater ecosystems remain well-balanced. There are plenty of natural wonders to fascinate travelers in Palau, from giant clams that can weigh up to a quarter of a ton, to a huge lake packed with 21 million sting-less jellyfish. With coral reefs, wartime wrecks, blue holes, and hidden caves and underwater tunnels, Palau is a coastal playground for those who enjoy being around the water.
As the world becomes more developed, it is hugely important for travelers to be aware of the impact that their travels can have. Green destinations are becoming more and more popular as people start to become more conscious of their eco-footprint, and these fantastic green destinations are setting standards for the many other tourism hot spots around the world.