eco-friendly tour operator organizes sustainable biking,
walking, and multisport tours worldwide. The company supports
a variety of conservation and ecotourism organizations.
The Connected Traveler: Sustainable Tourism
how to determine good from bad ecotourism. Includes a code of
ethics for travelers, and links to numerous
Costa Rica: Certification in Sustainable Tourism program
Costa Rican Tourism Institute's developing certification
program has evaluated dozens of lodges, inns, and hotels that
you can search by province, certification level, and hotel
scale, locally produced, low-impact, customizable ecotours and
culture trips. Worldwide destinations. You can search trips by
region and by activity.
short-term volunteer trips to help scientists with field work
projects that range from archaeology and world health to
zoology and ecology, including tourism impacts.
environmentally and culturally friendly trips to destinations
worldwide selected by the site team. Features ecotours and
cultural trips for experiencing indigenous cultures and
Far and Near
travel information, personal travel stories, reviews, and more
from this online magazine that supports endangered cultures
and sustainable development.
on alternative tourism projects and trips worldwide in both
urban and non-urban destinations. Provides a small searchable
directory of alternative tour operators, lodgings, learning
and volunteer programs. Includes “how to” miniguides for the
Green Hotel Initiative, Coalition for Environmentally
Best Practice survey to help travelers assess a hotel's
performance and guest-request cards that ask for
environmentally responsible hotel service.
environmental travel tips for individual and business
extensive Toronto-based website presents “urban green
tourism,” which protects metropolitan resources and cultural
diversity. Provides general and Toronto-specific information,
including publications, press releases, websites, and
International Porter Protection Group
travelers when employing porters.
you visit outdoor recreation destinations without harming
them. The nonprofit program works to build awareness,
appreciation, and respect for public recreation areas.
Namibia Community Based Tourism Association
Namibian community tourism enterprises, including campsites,
traditional villages, museums, tours, and local crafts.
National Geographic Expeditions
educational tours, many of which use operators pledged to
sustainable practices. Proceeds benefit National Geographic
National Geographic Traveler—Tourism Forum
online forum for travelers’ opinions about pros and cons in
tourism development. Permits feedback from tourists to travel
businesses and destination authorities.
Pacific Asia Travel Association
codes for visiting indigenous cultures and for sustainable
Partners in Responsible Tourism
Francisco-based network provides guidelines for traveling
Francis and Harold Goodwin provide a small, well-organized
database of responsible ecotours and accommodation worldwide
that they have evaluated and approved. Posts tips for
responsible travelers and guidelines for tourism
Scotland Green Tourism
the cultural heritage of small Scottish towns by patronizing
sustainable-tourism establishments. Selections by area,
accommodation type, and town.
Tearfund: Tourism Campaign
U.K. Christian nonprofit hosts the Right to Know campaign,
helping travelers to make informed holiday choices. Volunteer
travel programs, too.
educational materials, editorial coverage, and
manufacturer-supported promotions, this nonprofit organization
encourages motorized outdoor recreation that is
World Wildlife Fund: Tourism Program
information and guidelines for traveling responsibly.
Conservation International: Ecotravel Center
conservation group lists links for ecotourism trips to the
world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Costa Rica ecolodges
Blake lists sustainability ratings for ecolodges in her
guidebook, New Key to Costa Rica, plus additional information.
ecotourism club that offers direct worldwide booking online,
eco-products, eco-events, and free consultations by member
Ecoportal Venezuela Ecotravel Center http://ecoportal.venezuela.com
first and unique Ecoportal in Venezuela for ecotourism trips to the
world’s biodiversity hotspots-more than 120 sections
widest in Latinamerica.
Panamerica Ecotravel Center
first and unique Ecoportal in Latinamerica for ecotourism trips to the
world’s biodiversity hotspots.
itineraries, how to choose an outfitter, and a directory of
tour operators around the world.
company offers ecotouring trips to destinations worldwide,
working only with tourism businesses inspected on site for
environmental and cultural sensitivity.
Hawaii Ecotourism Association
activities and attractions that promote Hawaii’s culture and
The International Ecotourism Society
information program called “Your Travel Choice Makes a
Difference” helps consumers make educated responsible travel
decisions. The site also provides a database of ecotourism
operators and ecolodges.
The Nature Conservancy
conservation group provides ecotourism trips, as well as
lodging for independent travelers. Both international and U.S.
conservation research organization offers natural history
expeditions throughout the world, including whale-watching
tours and hands-on field trips for students and teachers.
Orangutan Foundation International
several 5-day orangutan tours and 11-day study tours annually
in Kalimantan, Borneo, as well as a six-week field volunteer
Pacific Whale Foundation
research and advocacy organization offers ecotours with
proceeds channeled toward saving the oceans.
Mader’s Web site on ecotourism in Latin America provides
practical travel information for the region.
Worldsurface.com: Sustainable Tourism
news resources and a database of over 400 ecotour operators
around the world. Traveling members file destination reports
from the road. Find language schools and volunteer
opportunities. Great for college students.
nonprofit organizes socially responsible and educational study
seminars; fact-finding, solidarity, and activist delegations;
and customized tours for business, and professional
organizations. Not for hedonists.
HandMade in America
and heritage trails in western North Carolina. The website
notes craft heritage and garden tours for independent
travelers in the area.
Indigenous World Tours
authentic educational encounters with indigenous peoples of
the Americas and Hawaii in concert with the Canadian
indigenous organization Plenty Canada.
National Trust for Historic
can reserve rooms in historic U.S. hotels here. Links to other
National Trust tours, historic sites, and a heritage traveler
well-organized site allows you to find Native American tour
attractions and services throughout the U.S. by state or by
tribe. Includes the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, tourism
businesses, newsletters, travel tips, and scenic byways.
educational organization lists some three dozen links to
indigenous tour operators worldwide.