According to the World Tourism Organization, ecotourism is one of the business that have the most potential for development, and grows at the respectable rate of 7,5% a year, with an average of 600 million trips. Brazil’s natural heritage has the qualities to qualify it as the great green attraction of the future. Over 60% of its territory is made up of virgin woodlands, fish filled rivers, and an unbeatable variety of fauna. The country has thousands of waterfalls, over a thousand caves, the biggest and last rainforest on earth, and the world’s largest flood prone plain.
Ecotourism is the practice of leisure tourism, sporting or educational, in natural areas that uses maintainable way, the total natural, the “green thinking” and cultural patrimonies. Motivates its conservation (or preservation), promotes a conscious living experience and open the opportunity for guarantees the well-being of the involved populations. It is a travel business alternative and a lucrative activity capable of substituting agriculture and wood exploration, as the revenue will come with lodging, feeding, services and entrance to natural attractions. When a local community acquires conscience that tourism increases the level of employment and qualify of life, it starts to preserve nature. The local economic activity increase is the best from to preserve nature in a short time.
In consequence, the places where ecotourism was well implanted, we can observe a decrease of the rhythm of nature aggression. In some cases, a part of the wild life has been recovered. Ecotourism are groups of different preferences such as esoteric, environmentalist, sports fun, observes and others. They look for integration with nature to break limits, to live experiences and to enjoy themselves separately or in groups.
Even so, not all activity in nature can be considered ecologic tour. As example, the canoeing activity in Rivers should be eco-tourism if it motivates the local community to fight against pollution of the rivers and to converse nature. But, canoeing championships that agglomerate people in the margins of the rivers and on vegetation cannot be called ecotourism.
We will only know that a company or a tourism guide is in the “Real” when we observe the way in which they act and the manner in which their customers behave during the tourist activity. The eco Tour Business development must be conscious because it is in risk in local communities. The lack of information and correct orientation can bring consequences of the enterprise failure involved in environmental preservation and the removal of the beginning ecotourism that could still collaborate for preservation.
When referring ecotourism agencies, we are collaborating for the preservation and the conservation of nature. Bellow you will find some tip that can make the difference.
The “Real” ecotourism company:
- Works with small group
- Hires Local labor
- Promotes environmental education *Prohibits its customers from littering
- Guides their customers so they do not pull up plants;
- Prohibits its customers from killing or harming animals;
- Uses only authorizes trails opened for walks